New laws to boost business cyber security

20 January 2022

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has unveiled plans to bolster security standards across the UK.

They include improving the way firms report cyber security incidents and setting new qualification standards for those working in the sector to ensure they are properly equipped should the worst happen. The proposed new laws follow a rise in incidents targeting national infrastructure around the world. They are a response to a number of recent high-profile cyber incidents, including the SolarWinds and Microsoft Exchange Servers attacks, which used vulnerabilities in third-party products used by businesses to impact thousands of businesses around the world.

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An intelligent approach to ransomware

18 January 2022

Kate Mollett, regional director, Commvault

Kate Mollett, regional director, Commvault

Globally, ransomware is predicted to cost organisations across the world $10.5 trillion annually, driven by growing connectivity and increasingly sophisticated attacks. Between January 2020 and June 2021, which was when the majority of countries were in lockdown due to Covid-19, there were an estimated 71 billion ransomware attacks on remote access devices. This equates to 1.3 million attacks every second. A successful breach not only results in lost data, but often also leaked data, which is a threat to reputation as well as a compliance problem. Ransomware is a major risk for business today, and an intelligent approach is essential in countering the threat.

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'Three in four contact centres concerned about cybersecurity'

04 January 2022

Contact centres are concerned about cybersecurity

Contact centres are concerned about cybersecurity

Three in four (60%) of UK contact centre businesses lack confidence in their remote IT security, despite it being a critical priority in the pivot to full time remote working.

That is according to research conducted by Exponential-e, the specialist in connectivity, cloud and unified communications solutions in conjunction with ContactBabel.

Following recent government guidance to work from home ahead of Christmas, 75% of UK companies with remote contact centres also expressed concern about potential IT breaches connected with remote working, meaning the latest transition of employees back to home environments poses a major security challenge.

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New gov blueprint to protect UK from cyber threats

31 December 2021

The government has published its new National Cyber Strategy which sets out how the UK will solidify its position as a global cyber power.

This is the first major milestone following the publication of the Integrated Review earlier this year.

The strategy builds on the significant progress made on cyber over the last five years which has seen the UK cyber security sector grow rapidly, with over 1,400 businesses generating revenues of £8.9 billion last year, supporting 46,700 skilled jobs, and attracting significant overseas investment.

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