Meet the Bloxx Team at InfoSec 2015 with partners NTS

Bloxx will be exhibiting at this year’s InfoSecurity Europe show at the Olympia, London alongside partners NTS (part of Capita) on Stand C200, June 2nd – 4th   and what’s more, we have a very exciting product announcement…

Nothing beats Bloxx! That’s why our superior technology currently protects 800 million devices.

The Bloxx Team will be demonstrating how our products enable organisations to safeguard their users online and retain network performance while ensuring flexible and collaborative working environments.

Demand the best online protection. Deploy Bloxx

Meet the Bloxx Team at the show to understand how Bloxx will:

  • Minimise threats
  • secure data
  • protect your reputation
  • Increase productivity

Book your InfoSec meeting here.

We can’t wait to discuss our new product announcement, but if you aren’t attending InfoSec Europe this year, keep an eye on our blog for more information on the exciting news.

There’s still time to book your place – Register for InfoSec Europe here.

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Considerations for taking out cyber insurance

Charles Sweeney, CEO of Bloxx, examines the case for commercial cyber liability insurance and what steps companies can take to reduce risk and premiums, the complete set of tips are available on ProSecurity Zone.

“With cyber threats repeatedly cited as the most serious threat to businesses and national economies, it has never been more critical to enact effective safeguards that prevent others’ nightmares from becoming your reality.

Companies have recognised this but are encountering difficult decisions along the way that hinder progress. With one of the greatest questions recently being, “What should be done about cyber-liability insurance?”

It sounds appealing to have a guarantee against the spiralling costs of a cyber attack: lost business, lost assets (including intellectual property), fines and remediation, to name but a few.

It would also appear that a growing number of companies concur – with Lloyd’s of London announcing a 50 per cent rise in demand for such policies since last year. Likewise, cyber insurers in the US saw spending double to $2 billion.

Whilst demand may be high, the UK Cyber Security report published in March reveals a different perspective, stating that only 2 per cent of UK businesses have taken out cyber insurance policies. Whilst other numbers, such as those released by The Corporate Executive Programme (CEP), indicate 20 per cent of companies have secured adequate coverage. Regardless of where the true number lies or what factors have been considered, one thing is certain: Threats remain high and cyber insurance adoption is low.

Such findings are equally perplexing and disconcerting and attest to many companies being sceptical of cyber insurance’s worth. According to KPMG’s recent survey on the topic, the number one reason companies are not buying is they doubt insurers will pay out on crisis claims. Even of those who have purchased cyber insurance, 48 per cent express fear their costs will not be covered.

This distrust is fuelled by the much-publicised cyberattacks on American retailers like Target and Home Depot. Target’s cyber policy was insufficient in covering all the company’s costs, leaving the store with a $162 million loss. Meanwhile, estimates point to Home Depot having near $105 million of cyber insurance, but only $15 million of their $43 million claim was paid.

Ambiguity remains the enemy as companies assess the best steps to take in protecting their interests. But several signposts can point the way forward and ensure a business is positioned optimally in cyberspace.”

The full article is available on ProSecurity Zone alongside some guidance on moving forward with a robust cyber security strategy and finding the appropriate protection, pertinent to your organisations requirements. Need more information? Have you considered cyber insurance? Let us know on twitter @Bloxx or find us on Linkedin, Facebook and G+.

Logjam – Another week, another attack

Logjam – The latest man-in-the-middle attack, weakening the encryption between client and server, allows cybercriminals to alter the security and reduce the level of encryption, essentially allowing information to be accessed with what researchers are referring to as  ‘relative ease’.

The Logjam vulnerability affects the Diffie-Hellman key exchange method, which allows protocols such as HTTPS, SSH and SMTPS to ‘negotiate a shared key and create a secure connection’. Researchers from a number of universities and organizations discovered a number of weaknesses in the algorithm and published a wider technical report that details its flaws.

The unfortunate, and slightly ironic truth, is that TLS connections were initially implemented to add an extra layer of security to increase privacy levels. However, it is this method that researchers have suggested may have been used by the NSA to attack VPN services for snooping purposes, CBR reported.

Moreover it has been reported that tens of thousands of HTTPS websites, mail servers and numerous other online services have been affected, with an estimated 8.4% of the top one million websites are said to be at risk according to TheNextWeb.

Last week, Microsoft patched the flaw, while Firefox, Chrome and Safari patches are expected soon and here at Bloxx our SSL specialists have analysed Logjam, and found our key SSL offering, Bloxx
SSLI, is not vulnerable to LogJam and continue to provide unwavering SSL protection.

I hope you can you say the same for your content filter?

FBI Claims Hacker Made Plane Fly Sideways

A cybersecurity researcher has been accused by the FBI of having hacked planes via the in-flight Entertainment (IFE). Whilst, the researcher maintains that he managed to make a plane climb in a simulated test he staunchly denies interfering with these systems during a real flight, InfoSecurity Mag reported.

“Research is the lifeblood of the security industry and it is absolutely imperative for protecting the virtual front line,” Bloxx CEO Charles Sweeney told Infosecurity Magazine. Continue reading FBI Claims Hacker Made Plane Fly Sideways

A view from inside the education technology revolution

Bloxx survey InfographicA dynamic approach to safeguarding in education is no longer a benefit, but a requirement, demanded from the growing range of available online tools, and the vast adoption of mobile devices. Our survey findings have been outlined in our report and in this Bloxx Infographic.

“In January, a Bloxx study sought to understand the measures and guidelines educational establishments were putting in place concerning BYOD and social media use, along with the main concerns their members of staff had.

While most adults with jobs are happy to remain within the online limits that their company set, students in education are a vastly different prospect.

The hunger to break out of the perceived walled garden that IT have put in place, coupled with more innate technological knowledge than any generation before, means that IT security in schools and colleges need to be much more than a simple list of blocked sites to keep students safe from inappropriate online content. Continue reading A view from inside the education technology revolution