I was having a chat with a journalist over the weekend, talking about what the future looks like for cyber-security risk in the UK. Here’s a transcript: J: Where does it all go from here? BR: Lots of hot air from politicians. Nothing done for months. A massive deal for ATOS or someone to refresh … Continue reading #WannaCrypt #NHSCyberAttacks : what comes next?
So, Yahoo! has been hacked, and 500m records abstracted, allegedly by a “state-sponsored” agency. Apart from worrying what you might have kept on Yahoo!, and whether using the same password for your social media account and your bank account was really a good idea, what does this mean for you? First off it’s a reminder … Continue reading What can you learn from the Yahoo! hack?
Why are politicians sometimes such idiots? The French recently voted to criminalise bosses of tech firms who refused to decrypt user data when requested. Don’t worry, it’s not law yet, and likely won’t ever be, but you have to ask yourself how hard it is to understand how encryption works. The whole point of encryption … Continue reading Let’s talk about encryption
Say I’m out to get you. I might be a disgruntled employee, or a business rival. What’s my best way of taking your business down? Let’s assume I can gain access to your network – easy enough if I’m an employee, after all. I could leak all your confidential information to your competitors – or … Continue reading How do you destroy a business?
The government wants ISPs to store everyone’s browser history. Not the least intrusive thing ever proposed, and a world first for a democracy. Should we be proud to be leading the pack in surveillance of our own population – again? (We’ve the most CCTV cameras per capita too, remember). Let’s count the ways in which … Continue reading Snooper’s Charter – oppressive and useless in equal measure
The American decision to bug Chancellor Merkel’s private mobile has several consequences. All of them will affect us – by which I mean business decision makers – sooner, and more thoroughly, than we’d like. The obvious part is that our compliance costs are about to go up. We already knew that the European General Data … Continue reading Why the US bugging Merkel’s phone will cost you money