30 posts categorised "Risk - Information security and cyber"

27 April 2015

PwC in the Midlands appoints new cyber security expert

Christian Toon has joined PwC in the Midlands as a senior manager in the firm’s technology risk team, specialising in cyber security. Christian joins PwC from information management and storage company, Iron Mountain, where he spent almost eight years leading the firm’s information risk programmes across the UK, EU and...

24 April 2015

Five top tips to manage your cloud security

By Neil Ward We are seeing a growing trend in the adoption of emerging technologies within Midlands organisations. These are businesses who are looking to innovate and improve business processes and productivity while at the same time reducing Information Technology (IT) costs. Cloud computing services are nothing new, but for...

23 April 2015

Paper records - time for a risk assessment

By Mick Gorrill, Head of Data Protection Enforcement and Regulatory Affairs, PwC Legal Organisations which are reliant on paper records for their day-to-day business need to ensure that they have robust policies and procedures in place and that staff are adequately trained to ensure that those records are kept secure. ...

23 February 2015

Call of Duty: Advanced Persistent Threat

By Christian Toon A number of people condemn computer games these days for their violent depiction of behaviour and this ‘altered reality' causes a distorted view of today’s society. Regardless of where you stand on this debate, there are a number of games I believe teach some important values. These...

05 February 2015

So how much is your identity worth to you?

By Christian Toon It’s a tough one, what’s in a name? Come to think of it, what’s in a name, address with postcode, date of birth, bank details and national identity documents? Before we can start to understand the value we put on it, let’s look at what others do....

22 January 2015

Take part in the Information Security Breaches Survey 2015

The Information Security Breaches Survey has been conducted by PwC on behalf of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills for over a decade. The Government is working to make the UK one of the safest places in the world to do business. As part of this we recognise the...

28 November 2014

Tips for online security ahead of Cyber Monday

Ahead of Cyber Monday on 1 December 2014, PwC in the Midlands is warning consumers and businesses to take extra steps to ensure their cyber security. Cyber Monday is the busiest online shopping day of the year and PwC experts are advising consumers to take extra caution when buying Christmas...

09 October 2014

How can you deal with Shellshock?

The vulnerability, known as “Shellshock,” takes advantage of a bug discovered within the GNU Bourne-Again Shell (BASH) which allows malicious users to remotely execute commands, regardless of restrictions placed on the environment. This vulnerability could be leveraged to take full control of the system, obtain sensitive information, or extend access...

23 September 2014

Mind the cyber talent gap

Cyber Security is one of the fastest growing sectors in the UK offering an exciting career working across a range of areas including information security, data management and data analytics. But despite so many opportunities there is an alarming skills shortage across the sector. Although the number of cyber security...

10 September 2014

Big business decisions driven by gut instinct as well as gigabytes – PwC report

Business leaders are taking major strategic decisions about the future of their businesses based on their gut instinct and experience in preference to the use of data and analytics, according to a new report published by PwC and written by the Economist Intelligence Unit. The report, ‘Guts & Gigabytes’, explores...

19 August 2014

Six fundamental steps to improving mobile workforce security

1) Understand how mobile devices are used Companies must recognise that mobile devices represent a highly valued, real time, ‘always on’ means of connecting. Understanding how devices are being used and what data they can access are the fundamental first steps to improving mobile security. This helps to avoid over-securing...

24 July 2014

Midlands private equity businesses urged to focus on evolving cyber risk strategy

Private equity backed businesses in the Midlands should adopt an agile approach to their cyber security measures to avoid new and emerging risks to the value of their business and the related investment, according to PwC in the Midlands. The professional services firm is highlighting that as cyber risks are...

17 July 2014

Do you think policy is the only way to manage social media risk?

By Phil Mennie You may be excused for thinking that Social Media Governance is just about having a Social Media Policy. Of course, policy is one essential element of any good governance strategy, however, there are 5 other, equally important elements to help you manage the risks of social media....

07 July 2014

Are you drawing the most innovation from your technology?

It seems like a bit of a disconnect — or a potentially missed opportunity: While four out of five CEOs surveyed ranked technological advances as one of the top three drivers that will transform their business, only a quarter (27%) said they had actually completed or initiated an innovation-focussed change...

12 June 2014

PwC in the Midlands comments on Bank of England's new cyber test

Commenting on news that the Bank of England has launched a new test to measure the financial sector's ability to withstand cyber attacks, Chris Wight, cyber security expert at PwC in the Midlands, said: "Banking processes have been transformed by technology and continue to evolve. But there is a growing...

12 May 2014

Data Visualisation - Help realise the power of your data

We are now firmly in the age of ‘Big Data’. Data is growing exponentially, and is increasingly becoming a key component for governments, researchers, and organisations. With this growth, data is becoming more and more difficult to capture, store and most importantly, understand. Visualising data is now the next step...

29 April 2014

Cost of business cyber security breaches almost double

The number of information security breaches affecting UK businesses has decreased over the last year but the scale and cost of individual breaches has almost doubled. The Information Security Breaches Survey 2014, commissioned by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and carried out by PwC, found that eighty-one...

24 April 2014

Cyber threats: they are real, rising and affecting you

As technology becomes ever more sophisticated, cyber attacks are becoming ever more complex, with barely a week going by without new reports of a serious attack or data breach. In the latest World Economic Forum Global Risk Report, cyber threats were rated as one of the top five global risks....

19 February 2014

Economic crime still strikes with staff frauds on the rise – PwC survey

Economic crime continues to affect UK companies, with theft from employers on the rise, according to PwC’s Global Economic Crime Survey 2014. The number of frauds committed by staff, as opposed to those outside an organisation, has risen from 34% in 2011 to 41% in 2013. The survey also shows...

Global Economic Crime Survey 2014 - UK Report

For the full UK report, visit www.pwc.co.uk/crimesurvey Economic crime continues to affect UK companies, with theft from employers on the rise, according to PwC’s Global Economic Crime Survey 2014. The number of frauds committed by staff, as opposed to those outside an organisation, has risen from 34% in 2011 to...