Infosecurity Europe 2021 postpones live event – virtual exhibition and conference to continue as planned 13-15 July

21 June 2021

Infosecurity Europe, Europe’s number one information security event, has announced that it is postponing the live exhibition and conference due to run at London Olympia in July, following the government’s delay in lifting the final Covid-19 restrictions. Instead it will deliver a virtual exhibition and conference from 13-15 July 2021, the original dates of the event. The in-person event will now be held in 2022.

This year’s Infosecurity Europe was set to combine both live and online elements. The planned virtual programme will be retained, and further built out with a rich line-up of presentations, talks and discussions. Among the confirmed sessions are:

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Held to ransom

14 June 2021

Corey Nachreiner, CTO, WatchGuard Technologies

Corey Nachreiner, CTO, WatchGuard Technologies

Ransomware attacks in the UK continue to grow at an alarming rate, as cybercriminals target everything from government agencies to high-net-worth individuals and blue chip corporates to small businesses. Robert Shepherd asks the experts why this is and what enterprises can do to thwart the bad actors.

It’s all about the money

Why are we experiencing a large rise in ransomware attacks?

Raj Samani, chief scientist and McAfee fellow: Over the past year, we’ve seen security threats and ransomware attacks continue to evolve in complexity and increase in volume. This is because cybercriminals have quickly and effectively pivoted their tactics to take advantage of the pandemic or poor cyber hygiene. As a result, enterprises endured more opportunistic COVID-19 related campaigns among a new cast of bad-actor schemes. For example, at the end of 2020, we saw a continued increase in threats from Q3 (+240%) to Q4 (+114%), with ransomware increasing by a staggering 69%. Equally the rise in open RDP to the internet has compounded the issue.

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Global internet outage hits major UK websites

08 June 2021

A number of major websites, including the UK government site, were hit by a global web outage earlier today.

Those logging into to gov.uk, as well as the Guardian, Financial Times and Evening Standard were earlier faced with a message saying "503 Service Unavailable".

Fastly, a global online content delivery network (CDN), had reported an outage across its network, affecting sites which use its platform.

The US-based company has confirmed it has found the issue and working to repair it. At around 11.50am BST, a number of services appeared to have been restored, but loading times are slow, with access seemingly intermittent.

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Going under the radar

04 June 2021

Paolo Passeri, cyber intelligence principal at Netskope

It is no secret that cloud is at the heart of modern IT and digital transformation, enabling a lot of freedom – freedom to do things when we want, where we want.

However, it does come with a price. Opening systems up to be accessed anywhere, from any device, has meant that the lines of control and access have blurred and 50% of traffic can go unseen by legacy security defences.

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