Working With (ISC)² To Shape the Security Industry

For the past 25 years (ISC)² has been shaping the security industry by offering training, events, education and certification for security professionals. Sarah Janes is delighted to have been invited into that process, by being asked to deliver a webinar on Developing Security Behaviours: 8 Practical Principles for Effective Change. Sarah had this to say about the opportunity to use the (ISC)² platform to talk about the ‘human factor’: “It’s rare now, to meet a security professional who doesn’t see the ‘human factor’ as the number one priority for businesses of all sizes. The problem that many organisations and companies … Read More

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Sarah Janes Presents on ‘The Human Factor’ to Leading UK Security Professionals

The City Security and Resilience Networks (CSARN) is a leading UK based business membership network bring together public and private sector leaders to effect meaningful change. CSARN’s most recent public event ‘The Cyber Dilemma – is mitigation the only option?’ was held at the Cavalry and Guards Club, Piccadilly on 13th July, with a brief to speakers to cover: • Mitigation tactics to protect corporate and government platforms • The need for AI and understanding the costs of implementation • The continuing threat from ‘insiders’ to your organisation • Why the C-Suite should be leading the fight • Areas of … Read More

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BYOD – Making the Workplace Revolution Work for You

BYOD or Bring Your Own Device, is a practice that challenges IT and Security Departments of enterprises globally.  Ever since 2009 when BYOD was what the cool kids in Silicon Valley did, this stealthy revolution has been stalking businesses large and small. Whilst large companies see the potential and all the security pitfalls, for small companies BYOD can be the only way they can operate. When Layer 8, was at the conceptual stage, and before we had any real clients, we had no choice BUT to use our own devices for business purposes. What I am I talking about?  Bring … Read More

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Layer 8 Supporting Local Business with Cyber Crime at NatWest Boost

Layer 8 were recently invited to attend the #NatWestBoost event in Milton Keynes. The event aims to grow local businesses and connects them with a range of different companies from HR, to protection from fraud. We were thrilled to be asked to run the cyber security stand at the event and with approximately 400 businesses from a range of different counties, this gave us the perfect opportunity to talk about reducing the risks of a cyber-attacks. Attendees of the event were asked to fill in a questionnaire which was based on human risk factors. One question focused on GDPR (General … Read More

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NHS Cyber Attacks – Simple Ways You Can Reduce Your Risks

Until the 12th May the word cyber-attack may have been unknown, or at least not fully understood, by a good deal of people. But the global cyber-attack, that released tens of thousands of ransomware attacks affecting 45 NHS trusts and businesses in over 100 countries, has woken the world up. Cyber-attacks, ransomware, etc are not a new phenomenon, but to date they have passed us by. A data breach where customer data is lost has no immediate or significant impact on our day to day lives. But the NHS being paralysed by the attacks’ changes all of that. Bedford based … Read More

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NHS Cyber Attacks – Simple Tips to Protect Your Business

I’m quite sure every security blogger on the globe is frantically sitting at their computer hammering out a blog related to the NHS cyber-attacks. Well Layer 8 are no different, but instead of scrutinising what happened, enough of the scare stories and techno babble, we want to focus on what can be learnt from this, and what we might be able to do to protect our businesses. Positive Outcome no.1 – Cyber will become a real business issue For too long IT and Security managers have struggled to get airtime when it comes to protecting their business. Board members, with … Read More

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Measure return on investment in security culture/behaviour change? Impossible?

If you regularly read our blogs, you will know that we discuss a different approach to this subject. One of collaboration, dialogue and integration. Out of collaboration emerges a position only the savviest of Security Professionals have achieved. That position is one of true integration, a position where security is correctly considered as part of the strategic direction of your business. The Security Team have become strategists rather than fixers. So what’s collaboration got to do with measurement? What a collaborative approach to security strategy produces is relationships. Relationships at every level and every department across your business. People to … Read More

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Layer 8 Join Forces With NatWest To Reduce Cyber Crime In The Region

Bedford, The Higgins Museum – Wed 3 May 2017, 08:00 – 11:00 BST Cambridge, Anglia Ruskin University, Lord Ashcroft Building – Thu 11 May 2017, 09:00 – 12:00 BST Hear what it’s like to get hacked. Learn how your employees can prevent it. Technology is only one weapon in your cyber-security armoury. By far the more powerful resource is the ‘human firewall’ – your people, trained, educated and encouraged to have proactive conversations that change security culture. Attend a seminar and learn about: • What it’s like to be hacked – from a real live customer who’s been there! (Cambridge) … Read More

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Security Awareness Lacks a Rogues’ Gallery – So Let’s Play Hackers

When we were kids there were numerous ways to play a ‘goodie’ or a ‘baddie’ but we quickly learnt that heroes and villains were co-dependent. There was no earthly point in wandering around being evil if a group of co-operative saps weren’t available to receive the fruits of your dastardly plots. Likewise, being good (always the less favoured and less interesting role) gets a whole lot more boring if the villains don’t show up. The Relative Merits of ‘Good’ and ‘Bad’ We played these games to learn the rules; of course, villains had all the fun because they broke every … Read More

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Layer 8 on Look East

We were visited recently by BBC Look East who are making a feature about DDOS attacks. Our Managing Director, Sarah Janes was interviewed for the feature, about the trial of Adam Mudd who, as a 15-year-old, created software that that cybercriminals bought to launch DDOS attacks. These affected several gaming networks and on-demand movie sites and included Xbox and Playstation being taken down over Christmas 2014. Mudd pleaded guilty to the offences at the Old Bailey, and the programme is due to be aired to Friday 21st April when he is sentenced. Keeping sharing simple…FacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinMore

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