Ransomware incidents continue to feature in the international as well as IT industry press, with recent high profile victims being JBS Foods, Fujifilm, Colonial Pipeline, Ireland's Health Service Executive, and AXA Insurance. Less well publicised are the many smaller organisations that are held to cyber ransom. Being targeted in this way does not indicate negligence or bad practice: many well-secured networks are quietly also becoming victims. Industry surveys show that ransomware is playing a significantly increased role in malware-associated data breaches year-on-year, now involved in 61.2%.[1] Of course, the many organisations forced to close do not survive to participate in industry surveys, and non-public companies are not required to report ransomware incidents, both of which surely push the true frequency higher.

Ransomware – Do I need Cyber Insurance

Ransomware incidents continue to feature in the international as well as IT industry press, with recent high profile victims being JBS Foods, Fujifilm, Colonial Pipeline, Ireland’s Health Service Executive, and AXA Insurance. Less well publicised are the many smaller organisations that are held to cyber ransom.

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“There are two types of companies: those that have been hacked, and those who don't know they have been hacked.” This aphorism is generally accepted within the information security and wider risk management industries as being true. If we accept that this is the case, then it is logical that we should prepare our companies for cyber-attacks, not only for the breach itself but also how they should respond. Some of the key questions we should be asking are listed below, followed by the details and information on the answers to these all-important issues: • How will you respond to the press / social media / public if they ask about it, or if the story gets out? • How will you identify what data has been stolen? • How will you determine the scope and scale of the breach? • How will you know how the breach happened, and how do you stop it happening again in future?

Preparing for the Inevitable

“There are two types of companies: those that have been hacked, and those who don’t know they have been hacked.”
This aphorism is generally accepted within the information security and wider risk management industries as being true.
If we accept that this is the case, then it is logical that we should prepare our companies for cyber-attacks, not only for the breach itself but also how they should respond.

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Why Should We Plan For A Pandemic In Business Continuity?

When the pandemic struck in 2020 and the world was told to “Stay at Home, Protect the NHS & Save Lives”, everybody complied, and life was put on hold for 3 months. Little did we know!
Everyone was asked to “work from home, if at all possible” and this impacted most businesses with many sadly closing for the final time.

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How does Azure Sentinel and Microsoft Defender XDR increase performance of security operations and increase Microsoft's value to businesses?

How does Azure Sentinel and Microsoft Defender XDR increase performance of security operations and increase Microsoft’s value to businesses?

The objective of a security operations centre is to prevent, detect, investigate, and respond to cyber security attacks and they do so with mixed results. Security operations focusing on cyber defence or blue team tactics need several tools to successfully achieve their objective and with the number of tools and vendors usually within operation, deploying a Zero Trust security framework to support a modern, digital business is an impossible task.

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Bridewell Consulting secures multi-million investment from Growth Capital Partners

Cyber security services company, Bridewell Consulting, today announced a new multi-million investment from Growth Capital Partners (GCP). The deal, which sees the private equity firm take a minority stake in the business, forms part of a wider five-year growth strategy for Bridewell. Scott Nicholson and Anthony Young will retain ownership over the company strategy and leadership as Co-CEOs, with GCP acting as a strategic partner.

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