Insights

Data Privacy Day is an important reminder of data protection obligations

January 28, 2021

Data Privacy Day is an important reminder of data protection obligations    Today is Data Privacy Day or Data Protection Day in Europe, a global effort to empower individuals and businesses to respect privacy, safeguard data and enable trust. Launched in 2006 by the Council of Europe, Data Protection Day takes place on 28th January…

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Cybersecurity in 2021 – what can we expect?

December 31, 2020

Originally Published in Security Magazine. When the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, organizations across the globe had to adapt and change the way they operate, fast. As we changed the way we work, cybercriminals followed because the modern criminal is constantly evolving in line with shifts in online behavior and trends. As we…

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U.S. Treasury, Commerce Departments hacked through SolarWinds compromise

December 16, 2020

Hackers broke into the networks of the Treasury and Commerce departments as part of a global cyberespionage campaign revealed Sunday. In response to what may be a large-scale penetration of U.S. government agencies, the Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity arm issued an emergency directive calling on all federal civilian agencies to scour their networks for…

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Remote Working: Securing Devices and Protecting Valuable Data

November 17, 2020

More than 7 months ago, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Since then, many of us have made changes to our lifestyle, the way we live and work. As we all try to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus, remote working has become normalised, and a necessity for many businesses. However, with…

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European Cybersecurity Month: Be Aware of Cyber Scams

October 19, 2020

It is officially the European Cybersecurity Month (ECSM) – the EU’s annual campaign dedicated to promoting cybersecurity among citizens and organizations through awareness-raising and sharing of good practices. The motto of this year’s campaign is ‘Think Before U Click’, and a key theme explored by ECSM 2020 are cyber scams and the dangers they pose…

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Cisco Alert – Four High-Severity Flaws Found

August 7, 2020

Cisco is urging customers to update small business switches, its DNA Center software, routers with its StarOS software, and its AnyConnect Secure Mobility VPN client for Windows. CVE-2020-3363: Cisco has disclosed a bug in the IPv6 packet processing engine of several Cisco Small Business Smart and Managed Switches that could allow a remote attacker without…

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The Importance of Vendor Due Diligence

July 23, 2020

On July 21st, 2020, The University of York published an article describing a recent data security incident involving one of its third-party service providers. They describe the attack as the loss of personal information from Community members, Staff, Alumni, Students and Others involved with the University. They also state that a number of other US…

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Critical Microsoft Alert and Patching Update

July 15, 2020

As part of the July “Patch Tuesday”, Microsoft released a total of 123 CVEs (or “Common Vulnerabilities or Exposures”). That comes on the back of a record-breaking number of June CVEs totaling 129. The year-on-year volume of CVEs from Microsoft is increasing rapidly, with 2020 totaling 657 so far. We are not far from eclipsing…

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Cybersecurity: Ransomware Alert

July 12, 2020

On July 10, 2020, The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) released an alert on the growth of the ransomware threat for financial services market participants and its commitment to providing advisory to assist these firms in taking proactive measures to protect their businesses. Phishing attacks and other social engineering campaigns are being…

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Availability – The Forgotten Stepchild of Cybersecurity

June 22, 2020

On an early Monday in the lock-down process for the UK, many companies settled their staff into the comfort of their homes and logged into Corporate services to test their networks. Some of those using collaboration tools from Office365 were greeted with the message “We’re investigating problems in Microsoft Teams…”. A truly unfortunate start to…

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Returning to the Office as Pandemic Restrictions Ease

June 1, 2020

With many of the COVID-19-related restrictions easing up around the country, returning to the office will come with its own set of security-related challenges. In addition to using DrawbridgeConnect, the items below should be considered as you plan to return the firm to business as usual: Machines that have been off for a prolonged period…

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“All in this together”: How hedge funds are tackling cybersecurity challenges in the COVID-19 lockdown

April 20, 2020

Originally Published in HedgeWeek. With the closure of non-essential workplaces during the COVID-19 pandemic shaking up the way financial services companies do business, the remote working environment is raising an assortment of operational challenges for hedge fund firms, spanning communication technology, data and information security, and infrastructure vulnerability.  When the UK lockdown was announced last…

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