Digital Minister shares ideas on new Digital Charter

Matt Hancock, Minister for Digital, DCMS addressed the Opening Ceremony for Singapore international Cyber Week He talked about Addressing the Global Cyber Challenge and shared more information about the UK’s new Digital Charter, which was announced in the Queen’s Speech. Tech industries have created 3.5 million new jobs in the UK since 2001, he said, more than four times the number that have been replaced, and that London is now recognised as one

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CIPFA flags up concerns over cloud security

In its report Accounting for the Cloud the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) says that concerns over cloud security may be slowing the take up of cloud services. It notes concerns about using the cloud usually revolve around security of data and a perceived reduction in ‘control’ of IT systems. However, it goes on to say that most informed commentators now consider cloud services to be more secure than

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Academic Centres of Excellence Confirmed

Ben Gummer, Minister for the Cabinet Office, has confirmed the 14 Academic Centres of Excellence that will specialise in developing the latest cyber security techniques and contribute to the UK’s increased knowledge and cyber capabilities. The selected universities are: University of Birmingham University of Bristol University of Cambridge Lancaster University Imperial College London Royal Holloway University of London University College London Newcastle University University of Oxford Queen’s University Belfast University

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National Cyber Security Centre begins Operations

The new National Cyber Security Centre began its first day of operations on Monday 3rd October.  In a speech by Ciaran Martin, the new NCSC Chief Executive, at a Cyber Security Summit in Washington DC in September, he set out the UK’s new approach to cyber security. Security officials, Martin said were sometimes accused of seeking to thwart or slow the onset of the technology that underpins the digital revolution.

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The ‘Future of Information Security’ Report Launched Today at Intel Security’s UK Summit

Intel Security and the Digital Government Security Forum (DGSF) announced the launch of the latest DGSF Report on the Future of Information Security in Government and Public Services. The report looks at the fast changing digital world, which promises to transform how our government and public services operate. It indicates that government and the wider public services will place increasing reliance on robust information security as public sector organisations continue

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Fighting Fraud and Corruption in local government

Fraud costs local authorities an estimated £2.1bn a year, which could be recouped in part by making better use of information and technology says a new strategy launched by Marcus Jones MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and DCLG Minister for Local Government. Fighting Fraud and Corruption Locally is the new counter fraud and corruption strategy for local government published the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and the

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NCSC will be operational from October 2016

Matt Hancock, the Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General, has confirmed that the new the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) announced by the Chancellor in November will open its doors in October 2016.  Ciaran Martin, currently Director General Cyber at GCHQ will lead it and Dr Ian Levy, currently Technical Director of Cyber Security at GCHQ, will be its Technical Director. The aim of the NCSC is bring

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Details emerging on massive attack on electricity grid

225,000 people were left without power for several hours in what is believed to be the first successful cyber-attack on an electricity grid.

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Sophisticated malware that spies on Skype users identified

A new threat targeting Skype users has been identified.  Dubbed T9000, it is a backdoor trojan that is able to infect a victim’s machine to steal files, take screengrabs, and record conversations.  According to researchers, the malware uses a multistage execution flow, which starts when victims open an RTF file that contains exploits for specific vulnerabilities.  It starts by checking for the presence of cyber defense solutions and malware analysis

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Four Scottish Councils hit by ransomware attacks

Four Scottish Councils hit by ransomware attacks – a recent report by Perth and Kinross Council illustrates the cyber challenges being faced by public sector bodies across the UK. It confirms that in one month……

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