UK Covid19 Contact Tracing Apps Go Live

This is an update to our earlier blog "New UK Coronavirus Test & Trace App in Trial". On 12 September 2020 the UK Government for England and Wales announced that their Coronavirus contact tracing app will go live on 24 September 2020. The devolved government in Wales will also use the same app. The UK App... Continue Reading →

Purchasing Services Online – A Pocket Guide

How many times have you been browsing a service online that requires a subscription to continue viewing? I can name quite a few: NetflixMicrosoft Office/365SpotifyAmazon PrimeGoogle's YouTube Premium. Online Services Most online services, like the above, will offer a trial period for free and then expect you to sign-up to a subscription service to continue... Continue Reading →

Digital Identities

When you are walking about town, or on the Internet, how do you identity that you are you and not some imposter? Current Forms of ID We should all carry some form of physical identification (e.g. a photo driving licence) that can prove who we are, our age and where we live. In the UK... Continue Reading →

The Human Firewall

The first line of defence for any network to repel a cyber attack is often considered the security software on the perimeter of the network - namely the firewalls, and other monitoring software. While a properly configured security framework is essential for any company network, as well as home/small office network, the human element cannot... Continue Reading →

Securing your Remote Desktop

This is an extension to my blog Productive and Secure Remote Working and Cyber Security during a Pandemic where I just want to describe an emerging cyber threat relating to home working and in particular remote desktop access. When we are in the office we are protected by a number of systems and firewalls. Our individual PC's... Continue Reading →

Productive and Secure Remote Working

Over the past few weeks, we have all had to consider working from home (no need to say why unless you have been living under a rock). This guidance post is about how you can work from home securely and productively. Setting up the Environment Ideally you need a room you can yourself up in,... Continue Reading →

Cyber Security during a Pandemic

Just about everyone on the planet knows now that we have a COVID19 (Coronavirus) pandemic on our hands. However, cyber criminals are taking advantage of this current crisis, and people's fears, to spread malware. I will post a list of validated and legitimate news sources at the end of this blog. What are Cyber Criminals... Continue Reading →

Fake Science!!

I have just listened to a podcast on the BBC Sounds service in which Fiona Hill discusses the issue of Fake Science and how this is being used to distort actual scientific fact to further political, social and religious extremist viewpoints. It appears that extremist organizations, as well as political/nation state actors are cherry picking... Continue Reading →

A Review of 2019

What a difference 365 days makes. 2019 has been an eventful year for cyber security professionals with a number of new threats emerging as well as an escalation in ransomware and level of data breaches as well as all the normal threat vectors. IoT has also featured heavily in the cyber security landscape. But first... Continue Reading →

Open Redirects & Malware Installers

This week I noticed a report on how malware could be downloaded and installed using an Open Redirect from Cisco. Lets first define what an Open Redirect is. An open redirect is when a legitimate site allows unauthorized users to create URLs on that site to redirect visitors to other sites. For example, Google has... Continue Reading →

Myths of Cyber Security

I have found there is a general perception among people that they won't be hit by a cyber attack of some form and that cyber security is not something they need to worry about too much, after all you have installed an Internet Security product on your PC and you download apps from the official... Continue Reading →

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