Written 22 posts

This Data Protection Day get your organisation GDPR ready

25th January 2018

With just four months to go till General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May 2018, this Data Protection Day (28 January) take time out to ensure you know exactly how this might affect your organisation. The increasing use – and abuse – of personal and sensitive information has driven forward this…

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Competition launches to crown UK’s most cyber-savvy girls

16th January 2018

Female pupils in Scottish schools encouraged to create teams to enter UK cyber challenge Eight teams from Scottish schools finished in competition’s top 100 last year NCSC and GCHQ experts have devised 100 challenges for the teams to crack Global shortage of female cyber security staff – but 8,000 UK girls entered 2017 contest Young…

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Andrew McSherry from Scottish Canals on cyber resilient best practice

7th November 2017

Tell us a bit about yourself and your role at Scottish Canals. I’ve worked in IT for nearly 25 years  in a variety of leadership roles in a number of sectors ranging from retail and manufacturing to facility management. I was initially brought into Scottish Canals to reviews its ICT provisioning before being appointed Head…

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Small business urged to follow five simple steps to thrive online

17th October 2017

UK small businesses can shield themselves from potential online attacks thanks to a new guide created by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) •New guide gives expert advice on how small businesses can easily avoid common online dangers •Cyber security “should be as second nature as cashing up or locking the doors at night” •Minister…

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Cyber Comms Toolkit for September – Data Breaches

30th August 2017

As hackers become more and more sophisticated, the risk of a data breach has become a regular occurrence. Cyber criminals are after your money, your data and your intellectual property.   The National Cyber Security Centre believes the average cost of a data breach for a business is between £600k and £1.5m. One in four…

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Cyber Comms Toolkit for August – Online Fraud

26th July 2017

Summer is here so it’s time to kick back and enjoy ourselves! However, while we relax and maybe spend more time online planning a holiday or festival, there are those who won’t have our best interests at heart. In fact, figures from Action Fraud suggest the average amount lost per person to online fraud during…

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Cyber News and Threats – 12th July 2017

12th July 2017

Here are some of the latest updates on cyber threats and news that we’ve picked up in the last couple of weeks, including the NCSC weekly update. All updates are open source and links given: Scams follow widely reported attempt to compromise parliamentary email accounts   Following reported attempts by hackers to compromise parliamentary email accounts…

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Cyber Comms Toolkit General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

11th July 2017

This toolkit has been developed to support your organisation to raise awareness within your communities/stakeholders of the forthcoming data protection reform. Please feel free to use and adapt these resources through your own communication channels. In order to get your communities interested, engaged, and taking action to make their organisations compliant with GDPR, please consider…

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Cyber News and Threats – 4th July 2017

4th July 2017

Here are some of the latest updates on cyber threats and news that we’ve picked up in the last couple of weeks, including the NCSC weekly update for 30 June. All updates are open source and links given: Password challenges Passwords have been in the news again recently. Most notably, on Friday 23 June accounts with weak…

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Ransomware: Latest NCSC Guidance

28th June 2017

We are aware of a global ransomware incident and are, alongside the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), monitoring the situation closely. The NCSC is asking to be notified of any instances of ransomware: incidents@ncsc.gov.uk. The NCSC’s website provides advice to the public and business on how to protect your digital systems. Read their ransomware guidance…

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