“The threat from cyber crime to the UK is continuing to evolve,” NCA says

Report reveals that the threat from cyber crime is increasing significantly and additional funding is needed. It was revealed in the National Crime Agency’s (NCA) National strategic assessment of serious organised crime 2019 report, that an extra £2.7bn investment is needed to tackle serious organised crime over the next three years. The report warned that […]

HMRC handed an enforcement notice following GDPR violation

Following an investigation HM Revenue and Customers (HMRC) has been hit with an enforcement notice after contravening the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Following a complaint from the privacy watchdog, Big Brother Watch, the Information Commissioner’s Officer (ICO) conducted an investigation into HMRC for failing to gain explicit consent from individuals about their biometric data. […]

Ransomware disguises itself as anti-virus software to infect victims

Dharma Ransomware is evolving and it’s new tactic involves posing as anti-virus software. Trend Micro recently found new samples of Dharma ransomware using a new technique to commit malicious activities. Dharma was first spotted in 2016 and has “continued to target and successfully victimize users and organizations around the world,”  said Raphael Centeno, security researcher […]

ICO launches the ‘Be Data Aware’ campaign

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is launching the ‘Be Data Aware’ campaign to help the general public understand how organisations use their data. The ‘Be Data Aware’ campaign helps people understand how organisations might be using their data to target them online, as well as informing people on how they can control it. The campaign […]

Cyber security on course to generate more than £70m in salaries in Northern Ireland

Revealed at the eighth World Cyber Security Technology Research Summit in Belfast, the cyber security industry is on course to generate salaries of over £70m each year. It was also announced that the cyber security industry is set to provide employment for nearly 1,700 people. Máire O’Neill, professor at Queen’s University Belfast, explained at the […]