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What cyber threats should businesses watch out for in 2017?

This year cyber security became more prevalent and widespread in popular media than it ever has been before. Tesco Bank, the Democratic Party and Three Mobile are just a few of the publicised victims of the malicious hacks of 2016. As 2016 comes to a close we begin to examine the potential threats of 2017.

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Encryption and Human Rights

Earlier this year – in April - messaging service WhatsApp announced that it would implement end to end encryption to its communication. Now FaceTime, Facebook and iMessage have followed suit. However, this movement has not been well received by everyone, namely Government officials who need to gain access to data from likely criminal contenders. It can be argued that this threatens the sanctity of the right to freedom of expression and right to privacy. The lines are blurred between what’s ethical and what’s not. To what extent is a government official right in “snooping” around the private messages of a suspicious individual?

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Yes, it's SHA-ppening: Transition to SHA-2

There’s been increasing evidence as to why it’s best to migrate to SHA2 by the end of this year. SHA-1 (Secure Hash Algorithm) has been deemed insecure and faulty as researchers determined that it’s easier to break the encryption and evidently easier for hackers to retrieve personal data such as passwords and bank accounts.

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A data leak a day keeps the Doctor's patients away

It’s no secret that healthcare is one of the most susceptible industries to cyber-attacks. Last week extensive research from Sky News revealed that 7 NHS trusts have been putting their 2 million patients’ data in danger and ultimately in the hands of cyber criminals.

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Gone in 60 seconds

It was reported that the new Google Pixel, arguably the most sophisticated smartphone and dubbed “the best alternative to the iPhone, was hacked by a group of Chinese white hat hackers in less than a minute. The hack took place at the PwnFest hacking competition in Seoul and Qihoo 360 took home a handsome sum indeed: $520,000.

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Preventing "Little Hackers"

Last year it was reported by the National Cyber Crime unit that the average age of a hacker was just 17 years old. This number shouldn’t be so alarming when we know that Generation Z was born in the heart of digital age, have had the internet readily available to them; and are more tech savvy than their millennial cohorts.

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Cyber Security Trends to Watch: Part 2

2017 will beckon more cyber-attacks into the Industrial Internet of Things. The sheer quantity of IT and Operational Technology is making the infrastructure more susceptible to these cyber-attacks. Anticipate these threats more carefully with our various types of professional Penetration Testing

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SSL247 recognised as a supplier to Digital Marketplace

We’ve been recognised as a supplier to the Digital Marketplace, G-Cloud services, a movement facilitating public service sectors to download, buy and interact with cloud-based services. In addition, it makes it easier for governing bodies to discover other networks hosting facilities and servers on various software and platforms

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How does GDPR affect IT Managers?

In light of rising data consumption, GDPR will be enforced in May 2018 and will be more rigorous than the Data Protection Act of 1998. The aim of GDPR is to reinforce data protection for EU citizens. It applies to “personal data” such as IP addresses and “sensitive personal data” So, how does it affect IT professionals?

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Cyber Security Trends to Watch

2016 welcomed new, innovative cyber security trends. There has been an increase in Security Operation Centres such as the NCSC in Victoria as well as a sharp increase in algorithms to detect future cyber-attacks. As we move forward towards the new year there will be emerging trends in cyber security: good and bad.

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