Cyber News

  • The Cyber Essentials Scheme is changing But don’t panic! The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has announced a change to the way the Cyber Essentials scheme will be delivered. First of all, if you have been certified by Greyfield Consultancy Services Ltd, who are already accredited by IASME to provide certifications for the Cyber Essentials scheme, there will be no change to your ...
  • So you think you’re secure… Well, there’s no such thing as absolute security, and it’s only a matter of time before you suffer from some sort of incident. But how do you know if you’ve been hacked? Apart from obvious Ransomware attacks there may be little indication of someone up to no good on your network. It’s just for this reason ...
  • Cyber Safe Charities The ‘Cyber Safe Charities’ offer, was a week-long campaign, 29th April – 3rd May 2019, during which the IASME Consortium and participating Certification Bodies (including Grefield Consultancy Services Ltd.) encouraged registered charities to improve their resilience to on-line threats, including offering a discount for Cyber Essentials and IASME Governance certifications. In May 2017, the WannaCry ransomware ...
  • NHS and International Ransomware Attacks The recent global coordinated ransomware attack (dubbed “WannaCry2”) that hit thousands of private and public sector organisations across the globe, including many NHS Trusts, is still being investigated. As ever, we would recommend that organisations ensure that systems are kept fully updated, and that backups are maintained and tested. Keeping your software up to date ...
  • Talk Talk, Yahoo, LinkedIn, etc. What do Talk Talk, Yahoo & LinkedIn have in common? There maybe many similarities between some of the major cyber breaches, but make sure at least that they don’t all share your password. After going to the trouble of having a really, really, strong password it’s tempting to reuse it across more than one site – but ...
  • I’ve got Linux – So I’m safe, right? Wrong! You could still be vulnerable no matter what operating system you’re running. There have been numerous high profile cases involving weaknesses in many flavours of Linux. The ICS/SCADA KillDisk malware has resurfaced, now as a Linux variant, according to security firm eset. And companies like Canonical (https://www.ubuntu.com/usn) maintain series of patches for Linux Kernel vulnerabilities, so there’s no ...
  • Windows 10 – its free! (Or is it?) Microsoft has announced the upcoming release of Windows 10 in the summer of 2015. The company has said that upgrades will be free for a year. “So if I upgrade, after a year I’ll start paying for my subscription to Windows 10 right?” No! Read on to find out. Yes, its free…if you have an eligible Windows 7 or ...
  • Windows 7 – no more… Microsoft ended mainstream support for Windows 7 in January 2015 In 2002 Microsoft introduced its Support Lifecycle policy, and as per this policy, Microsoft Business and Developer products receive a minimum of 10 years of support, and this means that Windows 7 went out of support this year. But what kind of support? Well, Mainstream support, ...
  • Websites – Not as secure as you think. Do you have a website? What do you know about cross-site scripting (XSS) or SQL injection? Not only could your website be vulnerable to defacing, but an attack may also lead to the disclosure of commercial or personal data. One of the most common attacks used to deface or hijack Web sites is achieved through cross-site ...
  • Internet Explorer – keep up to date Microsoft has release version 11 of Internet Explorer, but decide when you should update. As with any product, you should keep yourself protected by applying patches and updates, and even upgrade to the latest version when possible. When and how you should do this depends on a variety of factors that will no doubt be unique ...