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07 September 2017

The DEF CON experience

I recently returned from DEF CON, a security conference held annually in Las Vegas, where I was selected to present a talk. This was the third time I’ve attended this particular conference, but my first time speaking - which made the experience very different! DEF CON is one of the...

18 August 2017

New world of cyber threats – playing with sandboxes

In his work to support red teaming activities at PwC by identifying new techniques to test companies’ defences, Matt Wixey, who leads the research function in the firm’s Threat and Vulnerability Management (TVM) team in the UK, has developed a tool called SandGrox, which aims to detect and bypass sandboxes...

New world of cyber threats – sounds like trouble

In his work to identify new cyber threats to organisations, Matt Wixey, who leads the research function in PwC’s Threat and Vulnerability Management team in the UK, has developed proof-of-concept malware which uses near-ultrasonic audio, transmitted and received with standard laptop soundcards, to receive commands and exfiltrate data. Air-gaps are...

17 August 2017

When is ransomware not ransomware?

By Louise Taggart, Threat Intelligence Analyst High-profile and highly disruptive ransomware campaigns have grabbed the headlines in recent months, following the widespread WannaCry and EternalPetya campaigns of May and June respectively. These were of course not isolated incidents and Europol has noted that the incidence of ransomware has soared since...

15 August 2017

How to use empathy as a cyber security tool

By James Hampshire, Senior Cyber Security Manager At this year's Black Hat conference, Alex Stamos Facebook's Chief Security Officer delivered the keynote speech, calling on cyber security professionals to have more empathy with the users of systems who find themselves the targets of cyber attacks. He suggested the cyber security...

07 August 2017

New world of cyber threats – the dark side of light

By Matt Wixey, ‎Cyber Threat and Vulnerability Management Consultant at PwC Leading the research function in PwC’s Threat and Vulnerability Management team in the UK is an interesting role. In my work I look to identify new cyber threats to organisations, one example of this is by developing proof-of-concept malware...

27 July 2017

Responding to a cyber-attack and fostering cyber resilience within your organisation

By Hamish Cameron, ‎Enterprise Resilience Specialist At the recent InfoSecurity Europe conference held at Olympia, London, we were asked to facilitate a live incident response scenario to a cyber-attack. We asked leading subject matter experts to join us on stage and play the roles of senior management who are most...

How can insurance help bridge the gaps that traditional cyber defence and IT spending can’t?

By Jacob Tapper, Associate Can you answer these questions: How would a cyber-attack affect your bottom line? What kind of attack would hurt you the most? Where does your cyber risk come from? If you can’t, you’re not alone. Against a recent backdrop of increasingly frequent and severe cyber events,...

14 July 2017

Future technology in retail part two: Take the red pill

By John Nugent, Senior Cyber Security Manager at PwC In our previous article we touched on some of the benefits that retailers expect to get from implementing emerging technologies into their business operations and highlighted the myriad security implications that must first be considered. When grappling with complex, interconnected security...

Future Technology in Retail part one: Benefits and Hazards

By John Nugent, Senior Cyber Security Manager at PwC The robots are coming! In fact, they’re already here! There is a lot of discussion right now about what intelligent, autonomous new technologies might mean for our future, including some often outlandish perspectives emanating from Hollywood. Back in the real world...