Christmas is now less than a week away, meaning the number of shoppers is at its highest point in the calendar year. Thousands of purchases are made every single second, as gifts for family and friends are acquired. As a result, you often hear about an increased threat being posed by cyber criminals, looking to take advantage of the festive spending. Such threats include phishing scams, malicious websites and implanted malware, all having the objective of stealing sensitive information. Furthermore, as we get closer to Christmas, online spending becomes frantic, as individuals look to complete their last minute shopping. The risk is even higher during this period, as less notice is taken of potential scams amidst the chaos. Read more
It’s astonishing that in a world where cyber crime is becoming one of the biggest risks to businesses, confusion remains as to who is responsible for overseeing cyber security strategies. A recent survey featuring 450 companies across the globe found contrasting opinions. Almost 40 percent of executives surveyed felt it was the responsibility of the board to oversee cyber, compared to 24 percent who believed that a specialised cyber committee should lead on all strategies. However, it’s not only general responsibility that is splitting opinion, but also the specific role of the CISO within an organisation. Read more
The phenomenon that is Black Friday is very nearly upon us once more. As a result, a flurry of purchases will take place over the coming days. That means there will be large amounts of data being exchanged, something cyber criminals will be looking to cash in on. A recent survey found that 92% of UK shoppers are aware of Black Friday, which has resulted in the highest spend levels ever witnessed in the UK over the last five years. Furthermore, it’s common for many of the best deals to be found online. This is where cyber crime, despite always being a threat, really starts to become a problem. Read more
The issue of cyber security has rose to prominence over recent years. This also applies to the automotive industry, with car hacking attracting a large amount of media attention. Awareness of the need to secure vehicles, and the fact that vehicles on the road are becoming increasingly vulnerable to hacking, are stimulating such talk. It is not just within the car itself where vulnerabilities exist, but also the back-end IT systems to which they connect. Moreover, the security of manufacturing plants is also a growing concern, in relation to both vehicle integrity and production line availability. Read more
The cyber threat landscape is constantly evolving and becoming more sophisticated. As a result, it is becoming harder and harder to prevent attacks. This is highlighted by the fact that nearly 1.4 billion records were exposed across 686 total breaches between January 1 and March 31, 2018 alone. Consequently, being prepared to react to a breach is becoming just as important as preventing them. Your response to a cyber attack is crucial, and there are several ways in which you should go about it.
Over the last 12 months, salaries for those working in cyber security have increased by 6%. The UK national average is 2.9% for the past year, highlighting a marked difference. Within the industry, there has been a significant 20% increase in the salaries being offered to Security Awareness Managers, whilst Security Analysts have seen a 13% increase on average to salaries. These figures prove that the complete spectrum within cyber security has witnessed increases, not only those at the top end. But why have salaries elevated to such an extent over recent months? Read more
Demand for cyber security talent is often seen to be for young, relatively recent graduates. Many view the cyber security industry as a modern field, and expect that the majority of the workforce will reflect that. Despite there being an increase in the number of young individuals entering the industry, there remains more experienced professionals for most roles. The perception that cyber security has only developed over recent years can be quashed by the fact that the field first emerged back in the 1980’s. Though this can explain the considerable presence of experienced professionals, it hasn’t prevented discussion regarding the topic of ageism in the industry. Read more
Recruitment can be difficult at the best of times, and working within the cyber security space is no different. After all, it does involve working with people, and the host of external factors that come with that. What makes the cyber security industry especially challenging is the skills gap currently being experienced. There is a shortage of talent in the market to fill an increasing number of roles.
Additionally, a recent report has found that only one per cent of cyber security professionals are currently unemployed. This means a limited pool to work with, and a necessity to work with candidates already in employment. Despite this not being uncommon, it does mean notice periods and potential counter offers must be negotiated. However, implementing an urgency, as well as certain practices, can help in overcoming the challenges being faced. Read more
A new digital trust report has revealed that 27% of business executives view investment in security as having a negative return on investment (ROI). Astonishingly, of the respondents, over three-quarters admitted that they had been involved in a publicly disclosed data breach in the past. This makes the initial statistic difficult to understand, as you’d expect the individuals to have learnt from their previous experiences. However, it seems as though a large percentage have failed to recognise the importance of preventing cyber attacks. If those executives were to get their way, and investment was prioritised elsewhere instead, it would place the business at significant risk. Read more
By 2019, there will be a global shortage of 2 million cyber security professionals, it has been predicted. Despite this figure clearly emphasising the challenges being faced in the cyber industry currently, it also offers a great opportunity to those considering beginning a career in cyber security. The shortages indicate that there will not be enough qualified candidates to cover the amount of roles advertised. Therefore, openings will be available for those newly entering the industry. Cyber breaches are becoming a common headache for organisations of all sizes, and now could be the perfect time to develop your skills in preventing such attacks. Read more