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Safeguarding democracy from cyber threat peril  

With the country heading to the polls, ensuring the cyber security of the electoral infrastructure couldn’t be more crucial. The government has warned that rising geopolitical tensions across the globe have the potential to impact elections as at least 64 countries gear up to head to the polls, representing 49% of the world’s population. Beyond…

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Europol sting operation smokes multiple botnets

Some of the most prominent malware-dropping botnets in operation today, including Bumblebee, IcedID, Pikabot, Smokeloader, SystemBC and Trickbot, have been disrupted in a coordinated law enforcement action orchestrated through the European Union’s (EU’s) Europol agency. Operation Endgame, which enlisted the support of both the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) and the US’s FBI, as well…

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The UK may not have a choice on a ransomware payment ban

Banning ransomware payments is a simple, elegant idea, with the potential for terrible unintended consequences. It’s attractive because it would, if it worked, stop the incentive for ransomware. If you can’t get paid, what’s the point? Cyber crime is a business like any other. If the paying customers suddenly stop paying, it’s time to pivot…

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Cyber training leader KnowBe4 to buy email security firm Egress

Security awareness training and phishing simulation specialist KnowBe4, the firm behind the popular Inside Man cyber training movies, has announced it is to buy UK-founded cloud email security firm Egress for an undisclosed sum. The purchase will see KnowBe4 add Egress’s Intelligent Email Security suite – a set of scaled, artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled protection tools…

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Changes needed for SOCs and CSIRTs, claims Dutch research institute

Extensive automation of cyber security operations could become a game-changer, and the concept of playbook-driven security automation is advancing rapidly.   Cyber attacks are becoming more sophisticated, and their disruptive effects on business and society are increasing spectacularly. Many organisations are therefore seeking to enhance their security monitoring and incident response capabilities. These are often established…

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LockBit locked out: Cyber community reacts

News that the prolific, dangerous and feared LockBit ransomware cartel has been significantly disrupted by the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA), the FBI and others, has been welcomed by the cyber security community. Operation Cronos, which has been quietly unfolding over a period of several months, saw the NCA and partners compromise the gang’s infrastructure…

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Neighbouring Kent councils hit by simultaneous cyber attacks

Three local authorities in Kent – Canterbury City Council, Dover District Council and Thanet District Council – have fallen victim to near-simultaneous and potentially linked cyber attacks, knocking multiple public-facing systems across Kent offline. All three authorities are understood to be working alongside the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) on incident response and remediation. In…

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Decoding zero trust in endpoint security: A practical guide for CISOs

The rapid pace of digital transformation has increased operational efficiency and enhanced the customer experience – but it has also created a nightmare for CISOs. From mobile devices scattered across the globe, laptops accessing sensitive data from coffee shop Wi-Fi, to a myriad of IoT devices, the exponential increase in endpoints has greatly expanded the attack…

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King’s Speech misses the mark on cyber law reform, says campaign

British businesses continue to fall victim to rampant cyber criminality as the government blows hot and cold on much-needed reforms to 33-year-old legislation that is hindering the ability of the cyber security profession to respond effectively, according to campaigners who have lamented a “missed opportunity” in this week’s King’s Speech. The CyberUp campaign, which has…

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Enhancing security: The crucial role of incident response plans

In today’s digital landscape, the importance of an effective security plan cannot be overstated. Such a plan is vital for safeguarding sensitive information and critical assets. Within this comprehensive security plan, there is a particular emphasis on the role played by an incident response plan (IRP). While the security plan serves as a foundation for…

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