Data takes just days to travel the globe on the Dark Web

‘Where’s your data?’ a valid question for one too many people and organisations these days. However this is actually the latest report from Bitglass, who sent a set of “real-looking” personal data into the Dark Web, including personal security numbers and credit card information. Using unique watermarks the vendor tracked the journey of the data, describing the experiment as “The world’s first A/B test for stolen credit card numbers of the Dark Web”.

We discussed the innovative research from Bitglass finding that, “Companies need to proactively identify and lock down security blind spots, ensure consistent education programs for staff and make sure they are doing the basics to minimize the risks of data being lost or stolen.”

Read the full article from InfoSec Magazine.

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Social Media: Channelling some good advice into Educational IT

Microscope’s latest eZine publication explores the notion that the internet is an expectation within Education and why the Channel plays a vital role in this. The April edition highlights the integration of social media into the classroom, while utilising this valuable tool, awareness of the numerous challenges and risks it brings is paramount. Continue reading Social Media: Channelling some good advice into Educational IT

The Bloxx Web filter helps The King’s CE School meet Ofsted E-safety Guidelines

Nick Walton ICT Manager, The King’s CE School implemented their Bloxx solution as the system procured by the Local Authority left the School with little control over the Web Filters functionality. With a considerable amount of issues with the previous solution, including almost a month with little to no internet, Nick browsed a replacement solution, and arrived at Bloxx.

“The Bloxx solution is dependable, has little if any downtime, is easy to use and it helps us keep our students on task.”

  • We have had success with blocking flash games, which no solution I had used before ever managed effectively!
  • Students no longer hunt for Anonymous Proxies as they know its futile
  • We can now simply block a URL in seconds
  • Across all devices we can safely filter out any unwanted websites swiftly and simply
  • Bloxx obviously know their stuff when it comes to E-safety and their technology is built with this in mind.
  • When asked how Bloxx compares to previous solution – “Its chalk and cheese”!

Read the full case study from The Kings School here.

Why SSL Content Inspection really matters

Resent research highlights that 80% of Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW) and Unified Threat Management (UTM) products are not decrypting inbound or outbound SSL traffic.

Gartner recently published research identifying that SSL traffic now encompasses 15-25% of total web traffic and that the amount of SSL traffic is increasing dramatically year after year.  As always the cybercriminals are fully aware of this trend and have devised ways to use SSL itself for malicious purposes. SSL encryption continues to be the weapon of choice for hackers to penetrate networks and steal confidential data without detection. Continue reading Why SSL Content Inspection really matters

Are you a Leapfrog or a Laggard?

Thanks to Accenture for this terrific research report on the approach to Cybersecurity and the companies which have adopted a proactive response to the threat landscape.

The Accenture 2015 report ‘Cyber Security Leap’, presents research-based evidence supporting the value of a strategic approach to security and the growing need for the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). The report outlines the differences in organisations which have implemented proactive cyber security measures – labelled ‘Leapfrogs’ and those who could do more – ‘Static’ companies, i.e. Laggard. Continue reading Are you a Leapfrog or a Laggard?