Would you take offense if someone called you gullible, naïve, easy to fool? Of course you would! But have you never been duped, not even by fake jeans, fake trainers, or even a fake smile? How about that email yesterday asking you to reset your password?
Whichever way you look at it, the notion of cloud computing appears to be the logical, if not miracle, solution for end users who want to access their files irrespective of location, device, or time of day, and for business owners who want to cut costs and complexity.
The concept is desirable, its implementation is straightforward, experts believe it is the future of IT, and yet there hasn’t been the universal acceptance that one might expect.
Please, sir, I want some more…
No, that was a different Oliver, wasn’t it? Even so, like young Master Twist, hackers have come back for a second pass at the buffet at JamieOliver.com. The Naked Chef’s website has now been breached twice in as many months.
Here’s a riddle for you: lie back, relax, close your eyes, and think about the last time you did a SWOT analysis. Let’s forget about the opportunities and threats for now and try to recall the strengths and weaknesses. So, here’s the question: what exact same entry did you list under both of those headings?
If it wasn’t ‘employees’, then it’s time to go back to the drawing board.
High-profile data breaches in 2014 have exposed just how extensive - and expensive - cybercrime has become: it’s a billion-dollar industry with no shortage of targets, and no end in sight. But while 2014 was the annus horribilis of the business sector, experts are predicting that hackers will be turning their specific attention to the healthcare industry in 2015.
Research conducted by the Irish Computer Society has revealed that Irish firms are increasingly becoming the victims of external hacking incidents: more than half of the 200 companies surveyed admitted to having had a data breach in the prior 12 months, and 1 in 5 had been the target of malicious external attacks.
Only 1 in 5 had no incidents to report.
Once upon a time, in a land far, far, away, an evil villain found a document containing three magic words that would grant him riches beyond his wildest dreams. He memorised the words then set to work, his fingers flying across the keyboard and his Wi-Fi working overtime…
Things must be looking up in the online security education arena: according to a Redcentric survey, over 40% of Brits think their passwords are so secure that hackers could never guess what they are. But then again, some people think that the world is flat and that the Moon is made of cheese.
2014 was a big year for hackers and their victims, resulting in billion-dollar losses for bosses and long faces all round for IT personnel. What’s worse, however, is that 90% of data breaches in the first half of the year could have been prevented. Correction: easily prevented. This, according to the not-for-profit Online Trust Alliance (OTA).
Big hacks in recent months – like Sony’s - have attracted global attention, compelling even heads of state like President Obama and PM David Cameron to make public statements about their growing concern for online security.