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Knowing Your Customer: You need to, but regulation makes KYC extra-crispy...

There’s a conundrum called know your customer (KYC), the process of verifying the identity of a company’s clients. A decade ago, KYC was a mild inconvenience that could be tackled using some familiar procedures. Today, as the volume of business conducted online has exploded and the value of personal data has grown, the issue …
John E Dunn, 1 Jun 2018
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Have you heard about ransomware? Now's the time to ask: Are you covered?

Every industry has its collection of shocking stories, but Britain's cyber-insurance sector can always be relied on to top the lot. Take the unnamed British medium-sized enterprise that recently found itself staring at a ludicrous £1m ransom demand after attackers sneaked off with some very important data. This was a straight …
John E Dunn, 30 May 2018

Biometrics: Better than your mother's maiden name. Good luck changing your body if your info is stolen

Identity theft has hit record levels in the UK – the vast majority of incidents are online. The UK's largest cross-sector fraud sharing databases, Cifas recently logged 174,523 incidents finding eight out of 10 took place online. Far from targeting the usual haunts of bank and credit card services, fraudsters have shifted to …
John E Dunn, 17 May 2018
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Imagine you're having a CT scan and malware alters the radiation levels – it's doable

As memories of last May's WannaCry cyber attack fade, the healthcare sector and Britain's NHS are still deep in learning. According to October's National Audit Office (NAO) report (PDF), 81 NHS Trusts, 603 primary care organisations and 595 GP practices in England and Wales were infected by the malware, with many others in …
John E Dunn, 11 Apr 2018
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We need to go deeper: Meltdown and Spectre flaws will force security further down the stack

Around 2003, a computer security portent that had been cheerlessly simmering away for years suddenly came to the boil. This was an era stricken by malware attacks on a scale few had prepared for, running software beset with flaws some vendors seemed disinclined to acknowledge let alone fix. Vulnerabilities, including high- …
John E Dunn, 26 Mar 2018

The blockchain era is here but big biz, like most folk, hasn't a clue what to do with it

As far as database giant Oracle is concerned, the October announcement of its Blockchain Cloud Service (BCS) was timed perfectly. After dabbling with blockchain internally for a year before joining the Hyperledger consortium in August, it had reached the point where its customers – and a market intrigued by what looks like …
John E Dunn, 1 Feb 2018
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Life after antivirus: Reinventing endpoint security

Security professionals still talk about “antivirus defences,” but in the space of a handful of years what is meant by this term has undergone a dramatic shift. On the surface, things look much as they have always done. Businesses still run what used to be called “AV protection,” reinvented some time ago as the all-purpose “ …
John E Dunn, 9 Feb 2017

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