A cool head is the best response to APT10

April 6, 2017 by SecureData

The recent report of a nation-state attack, supposedly run by the Chinese government, known as APT10 has been called “one of the largest ever sustained global cyber espionage”  threats facing businesses today. The source of the story is Cloud Hopper, the APT campaign developed by PwC with BAE Systems, and it certainly sounds scary. According to Cloud Hopper, APT10 targets…

Cyber Essentials ignites a supply chain reaction

April 5, 2017 by SecureData

Cyber Essentials ignites a supply chain reaction.  The digital world is becoming ever more dangerous, but all too few British businesses are taking practical steps to stay secure. New research from the Institute of Directors and Barclays reveals the scale of the problem: while almost all companies (95%) think IT security is important, nearly half (45%) have no formal cyber…

Five warning signs your business isn’t the GDPR-ready.

March 2, 2017 by SecureData

With just 15 months until the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation (the GDPR) starts being enforced, every organisation needs to sit up and take compliance seriously. Even though the clock is ticking, a worrying 50% of companies still haven’t made any preparations for the GDPR. Meanwhile, many other organisations are still struggling to map out the EU’s new requirements…

Forget fear, uncertainty and doubt: it’s time cybersecurity got proactive.

February 10, 2017 by SensePost

With just 51% of companies currently taking action to identify cyber risks, it’s clear firms are all too often prepared to live with fear, uncertainty and doubt. Even though no organisation can consider itself safe from cyberattacks, many try to muddle through with a let’s-wait-and-see outlook. Well, we’ve waited and we’ve seen: 90% of large organisations and 74% of UK…

Porn gets pwned. For hackers, XXX means exploit, extort and expose.

January 23, 2017 by SecureData

Nearly 400,000 users of adult site xHamster have found themselves in a compromising position after their private details were leaked. There’s no confirmation of who was behind the breach as yet, but usernames, email addresses and passwords have apparently been trading hands on the dark web for several months. LeakBase, a breach notification site, made the hack common knowledge by…

Kill the noise to tune into real security challenges.

December 11, 2016 by Etienne Greeff

Modern cybersecurity is deafening. Each week, corporate security teams face 7 million new malware variants, 17,000 alerts, and a constant drumbeat of marketing hype and media hysteria over the latest and greatest threats. No surprise ears are ringing. Traditional security meets this challenge tactically: encouraging firms to buy the newest appliances and recruit more people to manage them. This approach…

Will your employees’ passwords awaken the sleeping dragon of email security?

November 24, 2016 by Charl van der Walt

New research from SecureData Labs suggests today’s enterprise risk model seriously underestimates the soft underbelly of attack surface created by each employee, their password behaviour and repertoire of common online applications. Charl van der Walt, Head of Security Strategy at SecureData, explains how attackers view compromising corporate networks through simple, low-cost exploits with potentially devastating effect. Employees have long…

It’s time for a new perspective on security

November 16, 2016 by SecureData/SensePost

As the cyber world becomes more dangerous than ever, Charl van der Walt – Chief Security Strategy Officer at SecureData & SensePost – examines why a new wave of security professionals believes businesses can regain the upper hand. As cyberattacks increase in both volume and complexity, corporate security teams are struggling to keep pace with even the simplest and best…

Worlds divide: Is cybersecurity facing a fork in the road?

October 18, 2016 by Charl van der Walt

Worlds divide: Is cybersecurity facing a fork in the road? As IT security teams struggle to cope with even well-known threats, government agencies are relentlessly investing in cyberwarfare. Charl van der Walt, Chief Strategy Officer at SecureData , looks at the impact of the military-industrial complex on cybersecurity and asks whether we can expect the market to diverge as a

Another brick in the Firewall: is GCHQ’s cyber defence welcome or worrying?

October 3, 2016 by Charl van der Walt

As the government unveils plans to filter British Internet access, Charl van der Walt, Chief Strategy Officer at SensePost, argues that we should cautiously welcome the move.   With cybercrime putting a £27 billion dent in the UK’s finances every year and two-thirds of large firms having suffered a breach, is it high time the government charged into battle to…