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Pen testing: why businesses need to be proactive not reactive ahead of the peak retail period

Pen testing: why businesses need to be proactive not reactive ahead of the peak retail period

A breach at any time of the year is bad for business. But with the highest volume of sales – both retail and online – occurring between Black Friday..

PCI DSS: With charities gearing up for contactless payments what could possibly go wrong?

PCI DSS: With charities gearing up for contactless payments what could possibly go wrong?

More than 40 organisations, including McMillan Cancer, the NSPCC, the RNLI and the Church of England, have introduced technology which means that donations can be made with a quick..

Cyber Security Accountability Does Pay

Cyber Security Accountability Does Pay

Cybercrime in 2015 was nothing short of epic. No one could have anticipated headline news stories such as Sony Pictures Entertainment hacked by a group allegedly sponsored by North..

The Digital Economy

The Digital Economy

Decentralized cryptocurrencies and Dark Web cartels challenge the effectiveness of legislation, jurisdiction and law enforcement. This poses the question, when the economy is becoming more and more dependent on..

The Emerging Market of Cyber-crime as a Service

The Emerging Market of Cyber-crime as a Service

One of the greatest misconceptions about cyber-crime is that you need to be a computer geek to be a cyber-criminal. The truth is the cyber-crime industry is starting to..

The real risk of ransomware

The real risk of ransomware

“We do not negotiate with terrorists” is a patriotic statement used by many countries. Does this notion still hold when you risk losing your data? The short answer is..

The Dark Web

The Dark Web

Search Engines like Google and Safari only have access to about 4% of the information on the web. The other 96% is what is referred to as the Deep..

Who are the cyber criminals – hackers or attackers?

Who are the cyber criminals – hackers or attackers?

There was a time – back in the halcyon days of the 1990s – when cyber criminals and cyber security was so much simpler. At that time, anti-virus software..

PBX fraud costing millions

PBX fraud costing millions

In spite of awareness of the enormous financial implications of PBX fraud since 2013, cases continue to come to light.  Police force cyber crime teams have recently been dealing..

Cyber Security health tips for the New Year

Cyber Security health tips for the New Year

As New Year resolutions go, enhancing personal cyber security may not be as high on people’s lists as that resolution to take out a new gym membership or embark..

Email fraud – how to protect yourself from cyber criminals

Email fraud – how to protect yourself from cyber criminals

There have been a number of news reports in recent days about people erroneously transferring large sums of money to fraudsters who have intercepted their email traffic. In one..

Cost of crime to business

Cost of crime to business

by Michael Dick, Director The opinions expressed in this blog are Michael’s own and not those of SRM. I was addicted to the Sopranos, the story of US gangsters,..