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Moving Beyond P@$$w0rd

The US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is currently finalising updates to its Digital Identity Guidelines[1], which provide guidance on user authentication to systems and applications.  Three recommendations which may come as a surprise are not enforcing password complexity, not requiring periodic password changes and not using phone or SMS verification.  But before…

Ransomware is the Symptom not the Disease

We have seen the world’s largest coordinated ransomware attack this past weekend, that notably ran rampant through a large number of UK hospitals.  The reason that this malware is different than most is that (a) it has a network based self-propagating capability that we haven’t seen since Conficker in 2008; and (b) the vulnerability used…

WannaCry Global Ransomware Attack

What is it? WannaCry is ransomware that is affecting Microsoft Windows operating systems. On 12/05/2017 a coordinated attack was initiated, infecting hundreds of thousands of computers in more than 150 countries. The ransomware is somewhat unique in that it spreads via multiple methods, including phishing emails and as a computer worm on unpatched systems. [separator…

Commander Tim Peake joins the latest Oxford Cyber Security Cluster meeting!

Title photo – From left to right: Commander Tim Peake, Neil Britten, Vistage, Sue Staunton, James Cowper Kreston, Nicola Blackwood, MP, DS Sally Russell, Thames Valley Police, Stewart Benger, CQR, Alan Brunstrom, ESA Photos courtesy of NK Media Ltd Rob Lacey Photography Last week saw CQR and several other members of the Oxford Cyber Security Cluster…

You can have anything you want – you just can’t have everything you want.

Like all human endeavours, information security is affected by the fundamental economic problem of scarcity, and doing things that should not be done is obviously undesirable!  As Peter Drucker (known by some as the founder of modern management) once said “there is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at…

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