Cyber Security Blog


Many organisations and security teams find it easy to blame the human factor in the security value chain. It’s become quite acceptable to say that humans are the weakest line of defence when it comes to organisational threats. But is this fair? Are human employees being given the kind of training they deserve in an ever-evolving and increasingly complex digital ecosystem?

23 January 2020

33.5% of Indian firms were hit by a cyber-attack in 2018. Not only is this figure alarmingly high, it also makes India the third most-attacked country as per a survey conducted by Tech Asia Research for Sophos, the renowned British security software and hardware firm.

14 January 2020

The world of modern cybersecurity has unfortunately been made more complicated than it really needs to be. Every day, we hear about new solutions that are based on the most modern and unpronounceable technologies that promise to protect organisations like nothing else can.

5 December 2019

We live in a world that’s hard to imagine without, email. As great, quick and useful as email is, it remains , one of the easiest attack vectors that cyber criminals use to target your business,

3 December 2019

A breach is an inevitability and this blog is not about slamming Capital One.  Instead, we try to provide some tangible guidance. Our network of practitioners Krisztian Kenderesi, Lorraine 

4 August 2019

Please only read this blog if you are concerned about privacy, confidentiality and security of your data stored in the Cloud. 

24 January 2019

The large array of solutions that promise to mitigate cyber threats can often confuse even the most astute buyers. Buzzwords like next-generation, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence tend to take the focus away from the fundamentals.  

31 July 2018

Today and beyond, the only certainties are death, taxes and cyber-attacks.  The challenge, today and forever ahead, is clear.  Wait! One more certainty? Regulations. 

How do you build and maintain a cyber-resilient, regulation-ready (think GDPR) business?

A key area of focus must be threat intelligence. Let's cut to the chase:

  1. If it's not already up there, threat intel (TI) should be put on your must-have-cybersecurity-product list. 
  2. Investing in the wrong threat intelligence feed can be costly and even counter-productive.  
  3. The right kind of threat intel can significantly improve your cybersecurity posture.

I spoke to Tushar Vartak, a leading Middle Eastern bank's CISO on how he sources threat intelligence feeds and how he uses threat intel to stay a step ahead of cyber criminals.  It's available here.

Threat intelligence is not well-understood and unsurprisingly, the market takes advantage and flogs painted paper as gold wafers. In this blog, I unravel some mysteries of TI and cover the below key topics. 

Who should read this?

  • Management such as CIO, CISO, CRO, IT Directors and anyone in charge of reducing an organisation's cyber risk. 
  • If you are a CISSP, studying for the CISSP, CISM, CISA or if you are an IT or security engineer. 
  • Auditors and folks in the governance, risk and compliance domains will find this information insightful.
24 July 2018

Threat Intelligence is a widely used term now. If you are a cybersecurity professional, you must be familiar with the term even if you don't fully understand the nuances. Threat intelligence plays a crucial role in today's cybersecurity defence apparatus and must be correctly understood by professionals working in the various domains of cybersecurity, especially those in security operations centres, dealing with SIEM like tools or those that work with incident response teams.

4 July 2018

Rig Exploit Kit has been the most active and successful exploit kit so far. According to Cisco Talos researchers, RIG is unique if compared to other exploit kits as it merges different web technologies such as VB Script, Flash, and DoSWF to obfuscate the attack. It has been used to install banking Trojans, ransomware. However, since April 2017 there has been a significant downfall in its activity till it has made a shift into crypto-mining by the distribution of less known coin miners.

26 June 2018

Cyber Management Alliances preferred IT security solutions and consultancy provider, Advanced Cyber Solutions, have been awarded the Ipswitch Partner of the Year for Northern Europe, in recognition of their unrivalled service in the region.

12 May 2018

IT solutions provider Systematic have chosen Ipswitch MOVEit Transfer as their MFT (Managed File Transfer) solution, describing the offering as "ticking all the boxes" after evaluating other competing solutions.

10 May 2018

Has there ever been a more confusing data security standard than the PCI-DSS? Even now, thirteen years on from its initial release, a clear understanding of what you need to achieve to be compliant may still be a challenge.

1 May 2018

FIM or File Integrity Monitoring, is without a doubt a highly important layer of defence in any network worth protecting. Required by data security standards such as PCI-DSS and recommended by auditors and security practitioners globally. FIM monitors critical system files, operating system components and even network devices for unauthorised changes.

30 April 2018

Cyber criminals are always trying to find different ways to hack devices to make money.

Now they have another way.  Called ‘jackpotting’, hacks attacks ATM machines; but to do this, physical access to the dispensing device is needed in order to empty it of all its cash.

27 April 2018

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