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17 November 2017

Challenging the perceptions of a cyber security career

By Emma Hunwick, Cyber Security Senior Manager at PwC. I recently spoke to some new female members of our cyber security practice about their career path into the field, and when I raised some of the barriers I’d faced at the same point, my junior colleagues challenged these perceptions. It...

02 November 2017

The KeyBoys are back in town

By Bart Parys, Threat Intelligence Analyst In our work as Threat Intelligence Analysts at PwC we spend a lot of time focused on researching targeted attacks and advanced persistent threat (APT) actors, to provide our clients with valuable intelligence. We have recently uncovered a new campaign, by a threat actor...

10 October 2017

Do you know what a Petya-style ransomware attack could cost your business?

By Domenico del Re, Director, Financial Loss Modelling and Philippe Korur, Cyber Security Manager at PwC. Cyber risk is one of the greatest risks facing the financial services industry. The PwC CEO Survey found that UK CEOs rate cyber risks as their second biggest business threat - second only to...

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...