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20th November – Weekly Cyber Security Roundup standard

Cyber crime In the light of recent events, cyber crime has been at the forefront of technology news. In recent times, the safety of information online has been increasingly more vulnerable. So it is important to keep yourself protected. According to a recent government report, within the last 12 months 81% of UK businesses have had a security breech. Many businesses may think that it would not happen to them but the risks are not to be underestimated according to a government official. Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude said: “The cyber threat remains one of the most significant – and growing – risks facing UK business.” A survey from the Office of National statistics states that last year alone there ...

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7th August – Weekly Cyber Security Roundup standard

All over the country it would seem that businesses and governments alike, are seeking out the cost and operational benefits of moving over to VoIP telephony and cloud based computing. The reality however, is that the security of these services is forever under scrutiny, with stories of high profile hacks filling the front pages of newspapers, the world over. VoIP (telephony over an IP network such as the internet) allows you to make a call directly from a computer, a VoIP phone, a traditional telephone connected to a special adapter or a PBX system. The VoIP service uses a signalling protocol known as a Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) in order to function. Although VoIP is seemingly far more advantageous than ...

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31st July – Weekly Cyber Security Roundup standard

This week, there is an emphasis on business owners investing the right amount of time and resources into the security of the companies; trying to be self sufficient can have both positive and negative impacts, depending on the company’s situation.   Bosses wasting more than 3-weeks a year on do-it-yourself IT A study by Altodigital has showed that bosses of SME’s are in fact wasting more than three weeks of their own time each year by attempting to manage their IT rather than outsourcing it.   It’s Time to Change How We Think About SSL/TLS “We’ve seen a rising tide of hacks in recent years, occurring in part because most businesses have no clue how to smartly manage their certificate ...

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17th July – Weekly Cyber Security Roundup standard

In what is deemed by many as a U-turn by the government on an encryption ban; UK minister Ed Vaizey has dismissed media reports, whilst also promising that cyber-security remains a ‘priority’ in Whitehall. Keeping with the Government theme… It’s been a bad week for politicians as an MEP on the “We Love Wi-Fi” campaign gets her Facebook account hacked and a Lib Dem peer gets a VoIP call intercepted and recorded whilst in the comfort of his hotel room.     How SIP Trunking Will Extend Your VoIP Telephony and UC Capabilities Internet telephony is now becoming the go-to communications platform for businesses around the globe. With VoIP leading the way, businesses are now taking collaboration and productivity to ...

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Cybercrime – How big is the problem and who is at risk ? standard

McAfee’s 2014 report “Net losses: Estimating the cost of Cybercrime” conservatively estimates a loss to the global economy of $375 billion. The report goes on to assert that the figure is most likely to be far higher given that most cybercrime incidents go unreported, due to them only coming to light after the event if they do come to light at all. With Intellectual property theft being a primary motive for cybercrime a fraudster could steal product specifications, research results, pricing and customer data without the company being aware until a rival product beats them to be the first to launch. What’s more companies may be reluctant to admit to being hacked for fear of loss of good reputation. The ...

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Protecting a VoIP system from hacking and Toll fraud – Part 1 standard

Channel 4 recently reported a news story about a complex phone hacking scam which cost a local authority £30,000. The scam involved hackers using “war dialling” software allowing them to access the organisation’s voicemail and then somehow to make calls using their exchange. The calls to premium rate numbers were made on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, and what made this so lucrative was that the revenue generating numbers were owned by the hackers themselves. The local authority was contractually obliged to pay the bill and has subsequently secured their system and is now urging others to do the same. Toll Fraud Victims of phone system hacking and fraud on this level can be large organisations or small to medium ...

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