Advent IM Blog

29Mar

Facebook revisited or It is YOUR personal information; you are allowing it to be processed…

So much has been written or compiled in the last few days about Cambridge Analytica and Facebook. Commentators in all fields have got a contribution; be that data privacy and protection professionals, security professionals, political commentators or any combination thereof. Whilst we don’t want to add to the morass of information in what is an […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 29th March 2018
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  • Cambridge Analytica, data breach, data protection, Facebook, GDPR, privacy, trust
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15Mar

Mike Gillespie – Why Cyber Security is Everyone’s Responsibility

Mike will be speaking at the Bolton Roadshow for Norbain. Hear some of thoughts ahead of this key event in Norbain’s video interview with him. Sign up for this event here.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 15th March 2018
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  • botnet, cyber security, IoT, Mike Gillespie, mirai, physical security systems
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05Mar

1. Fileless attacks – a growing menace. A series of opinions from Advent IM Consultants

From Del Brazil  Senior Security Consultant – Advent IM Fileless Malware Simply put Fileless malware is a very well-engineered piece of malware that is very difficult to detect as part of any post incident analysis.  It is designed to operate and survive in the memory of systems and as such once a system is re-booted […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 5th March 2018
  • 0 Comments
  • cyber attack, fileless, malware, PowerShell, Security, windows, WMI
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23Feb

The Future of Surveillance Cameras – A Question Time Event – Tony Porter

We attended this excellent event and have high hopes there will be more of this kind of frank and open debate in future. From Tony Porter – You never really know if an idea will work. Professor William Webster (Centre for Research Information Surveillance and Privacy) thought that if he “built it people would come”. […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 23rd February 2018
  • 0 Comments
  • data protection, privacy, Question Time, Security, surveillance camera commissioner, Tony Porter
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15Feb

The Future of Surveillance Cameras – event 21Feb

The Surveillance Camera Commissioner, Tony Porter,  is taking part in an important Question Time – style event, next week. If you want to find out more and how to book your FREE place, please go to the Commissioner’s blog.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 15th February 2018
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  • cctv, surveillance camera commissioner, Tony Porter, video surveillance
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15Feb

Advent IM launch MyDataProtectionOfficer, ahead of GDPR

**PRESS RELEASE** Media Contact: Ellie Hurst  +44 (0) 121 559 6699, bestpractice@advent-im.co.uk Date : 15.02.18 Advent IM launch MyDataProtectionOfficer, ahead of GDPR The UK’s leading independent, holistic security consultancy today announced the launch of their data protection advisory service, MyDataProtectionOfficer. This service is a direct response to the GDPR requirement for some businesses and organisations to […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 15th February 2018
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  • data protection bill, Data Protection Officer, DPO, GDPR, MyDataProtectinOfficer, press release
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13Feb

Less than 100 days to go to #GDPR…

…and many media pundits suggest that UK business is unprepared for the new regulation. If there is any doubt in your mind or you need consultancy or training, chat to us...click
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 13th February 2018
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  • business, cyber security, data protection, GDPR, Infosec, privacy
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06Feb

Heading into February and closer to #GDPR

If you are not sure about resourcing a DPO or need training for staff or management, we can help. Don’t panic, chat to us… click
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 6th February 2018
  • 0 Comments
  • business, cyber security, data protection, GDPR, Infosec, privacy
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30Jan

Make #GDPR a top priority

Many businesses have been working toward ensuring GDPR compliance. If you need support or training for staff or management then chat to us....click
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 30th January 2018
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  • business, cyber security, data protection, GDPR, Infosec
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26Jan

Join Mike for a #DataProtectionDay 2018 story about #GDPR!

How did brave Sir Data-Protection-Practitioner save everyone from the GDPR ogre? Time for a story to celebrate Data Protection Day, Advent IM style…
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 26th January 2018
  • 0 Comments
  • data protection, data protection day, GDPR, GDPR consultancy, GDPR training, Infosec, Mike Gillespie
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26Jan

DataProtection and #GDPR crossword fun for #DataProtectionDay!

Test your knowledge of infosec, data protection and GDPR with our crossword! Don’t forget you can always look up  GDPR for some of the answers or check out the ICO website for help. Answers here tomorrow. pdf version If you need help or training with your GDPR preparation, visit our page or give us a call […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 26th January 2018
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16Jan

#GDPR is round the corner but you have time to check your progress

You may be better prepared than most but if you are not absolutely certain then don’t leave it to chance. Find out how GDPR can benefit your business and ask about consultancy or training with us… click
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 16th January 2018
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  • business, cyber security infosec, data protection, GDPR
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16Jan

Mike will be speaking at the Metacompliance GDPR for Dummies Roadshow

Our very own Mike Gillespie will be joining the gang from Metacompliance for  their GDPR for Dummies Roadshow. Details of the whole roadshow are available here. Mike will be speaking at the Birmingham event. Book now!  
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 16th January 2018
  • 0 Comments
  • data protection, GDPR, Metacompliance, Mike Gillespie
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10Jan

#GDPR Quick checklist for your preparations…keep calm and carry on

You cannot fail to have noticed that GDPR is imminent. We thought it might be helpful to offer you a quick look at where you need to be at this stage in the pre-GDPR game.         Do you have an information asset register? does it clearly identify why you collected the personal […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 10th January 2018
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  • data protection, GDPR, GDPR guide
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09Jan

How are your #GDPR plans and training coming along?

We can help with consultancy or training. If you have no experience of Data Protection, don’t leave it to chance, just have a chat with us… click
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 9th January 2018
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  • business, cyber security infosec, data protection, GDPR
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02Jan

#GDPR – not long to go

Chat to us about consultancy to prepare or training for staff and management…click
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 2nd January 2018
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  • business, cyber security, data protection, GDPR, Infosec
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21Dec

#Security predictions for 2018 from the Advent IM Team

Its that time of year. We look back over our shoulder and use the previous 12 months to try and work out what we can expect in the coming 12 months. Sometimes we get it horribly right, such as our prediction of the meteoric rise in ransomware and also that it would start to impact […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 21st December 2017
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  • 2018, cyber crime, cyber terrorism, data protection, GDPR, Insider threat, malware, organised crime, ransomware, security predictions, training
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24Nov

#CyberMonday is coming…

A festive and timely contribution from Del Brazil. Those of you that are familiar with the term Black Friday should also be familiar with Cyber Monday which this year falls on 27th November. Those of you who have not come across the term should really put down your pipe and slippers and join the fast […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 24th November 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • black friday, cyber monday, cyber security, data protection, identity theft, privacy, scams
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09Nov

NIS vs. GDPR – not siblings but cousins #NISR #GDPR

Thank you to our resident NCIS expert, Great Wall of China charity-walking Director, Julia McCarron, for this timely reminder that GDPR is not the only regulation on the horizon and whilst it might not impact everyone, we need to be aware of it. As the clock is ticking towards the need to comply with the […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 9th November 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • business, CNI, Critical National Infrastructure, critical systems, cyber security, data protection, EU, GDPR, information security, Infosec, ISO27001, NIS, NISR, regulation, resilience, UK business
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12Sep

Joining the dots – cyber criminals do it better #cybercrime #universities #CNI

Some UK universities have stated that cyber attacks on them have doubled in the last two years. Given the developmental research that goes on at many universities; its power and value, I am surprised it has only doubled. Warwick University raised some good points in an article for the Coventry Telegraph, when a spokesperson pointed […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 12th September 2017
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01Sep

Steve Foley talking Culture, Security and the C-Suite

The elusive number that represents the real ‘cost of a data breach’ is something that has varied but normally increased in estimation every year. Many large scale data breaches have hit the headlines, but the genuine cost to business has proven hard to nail…. read full article.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 1st September 2017
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  • Csuite, cyber security, data breach, data protection, ICO, Security, TalkTalk, target
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23Aug

What about the revolving bed with a built-in teasmade?

Psychadelic Interiors: Pinterest  Sometimes you think you know precisely what technology will bring, change or eradicate. As a child, I remember watching broadcasts from the exhibition stalwart, The Ideal Home Show. Around since 1908, this event has always showcased not only beautiful fixtures, fittings and design, but also technology. This is the part I remember […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 23rd August 2017
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17Aug

CSP: 2017 content now available…

The content from CSP: 2017 is now available, including ours!  Slidedecks, articles and audio files are all downloadable here.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 17th August 2017
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  • content, CSP:2017, cyber security, ransomware
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17Aug

#PCI-DSS – Change Management and ongoing compliance from Feb 2018

Thanks again to Advent IM Senior Security Consultant, Mark Jones for his expert eye on the changes to the payment card standard. Assumption: Readers already have an understanding of the PCI DSS and/or already compliant with the standard and Requirement 6.4 Change Control Processes.   The Issue:  Currently, under the PCI DSS v3.2 standard Requirement […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 17th August 2017
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  • changes to standards, payment card standard, pci dss
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14Aug

 #PCI DSS Requirement 8.3 – MFA – Mandated from 1st February 2018

From Senior Security Consultant, Mark Jones Assumption:   Readers already have an understanding of the PCI DSS and/or already compliant with the standard and Requirement 8.3. The Issue:   Currently, under the PCI DSS v3.2 standard Requirement 8.3 Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) it is only considered ‘best practice’ but from 1st February 2018 it will be […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 14th August 2017
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  • data protection, payment card standard, pci dss, regulation, Security
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11Aug

#GDPR – Embrace the Change

A post from Steven Foley, Advent IM Security Consultant…and not a moment too soon! 25th May 2018 and The General Data Protection Regulation will come into force bringing greater transparency, enhanced rights for citizens and increased accountability against data holders.  This is not new news, it is a fact and has been on the horizon […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 11th August 2017
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  • data protection, GDPR, governance, information security, Infosec
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25Jul

Staff that work around security may be trying to tell you something..

We have talked about insider threat a lot. It seems that we are destined to talk about it a bit more given the amount of data breach and security failure still being driven by insiders. Bupa was subject to a malicious insider recently. An employee with access and a motivation is hard to stop, not […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 25th July 2017
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  • BUPA, CIA, data protection, Insider threat, risky behaviour, security bypass
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20Jul

The IoT goes underwater

  We have talked about phishing before and warned you of the dangers of phishing emails that spread malware, ransomware and other toxic payloads. Today however we are talking fish. Actual fish. It was never going to be long before the obsession with web-enabling everything from air conditioning to kettles, caused a bit of a […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 20th July 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • casino, cyber security, data protection, fish tank, hack, IoT, security fail, smart tank
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11Jul

Mike Gillespie – Ahead of the game

Mike Gillespie discusses the increase in technology-powered smart buildings and the concomitant rise in cyber threats to their security. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 11th July 2017
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  • advent IM, cyber threat, Mike Gillespie, Smart Buildings
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16Jun

Advent IM speaker slots at #IFSEC2017

For everyone attending IFSEC at ExCel next week (20-22nd June), our speaking and panel slots are listed below should you wish to attend any.       20th: Mike – Tavcom Theatre 13.10-13.40hrs – Cyber – Turning Security Equipment to the Dark side 20th: Ellie – Borders & Infrastructure Theatre 16.20-16.50hrs – Transport Security debate […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 16th June 2017
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06Jun

Is your CEO having a whale of a time? Put a stop to it! #phishingTackle

Criminals know where the richest pickings are; it might be financial or it might be valuable information, but the higher up the organisational tree they manage to get and successfully target, the greater the reward. But when it comes to understanding cyber threat, we don’t have to look very far to realise our boardrooms are […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 6th June 2017
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  • Csuite, cyber security, cyber security awareness, training
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30May

Time to look at your Social Media Policy

Malware delivery methodology We have known for some time that one of the most effective methods of malware delivery is via email spam. We have also come to learn that 40% of that spam now contains ransomware (IBM/CNBC research), so training staff in recognising spam and phishing that can lead to infection, is vital. However, Social […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 30th May 2017
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  • BYOD, cyber security, data protection, employee security, Infosec, social engineering, social media, twitter
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22May

Julia’s #Rules to Ransomware Safety

From Advent IM Director, Julia McCarron For those of you who read my irregular blogs, you’ll know I have a passion for the TV series NCIS. When I say passion more of an obsession really. So imagine the irony when they air an episode in the UK about Ransomware, in the wake of the world’s […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 22nd May 2017
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  • cybercrime, Julia McCarron, malware, NCIS, ransomware
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17May

Mike joined other speakers at the Norbain charity dinner for MacMillan Cancer Support

Last week, Mike joined the Surveillance Camera Commissioner, Tony Porter, Simon Adcock from Atec and Simon Banks from CSL Dualcom, last week to address the audience at a charity event hosted by Norbain, to raise funds for MacMillan Cancer Support. Simon Banks discussed the current skills gap and the impact of a generation long skills gap […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 17th May 2017
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16May

Understanding the Business Continuity Landscape #BCAW2017

We hope you are all enjoying all the additional and helpful BC content floating about this week, we certainly are. Our addition is a brief look at some information from the Business Continuity Institute and the Ponemon Institute. We would suggest you review their full reports. If you need help with your Business Continuity, be […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 16th May 2017
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  • BCAW2017, business continuity, Ponemon Institute Business Continuity Institute
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15May

When the worst happens…what do you do? #BCAW2017

The events of the last few days have captured the attention of media and business worldwide; a wide scale ransomware outbreak that has effectively shut down a number of NHS trusts and hospitals amongst a welter of other business and organisations. It is into this space that the Business Continuity professional/team/plan, steps.   Business Continuity […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 15th May 2017
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15May

Its Business Continuity Awareness Week ! #BCAW2017

It has come around very quickly but this week is Business Continuity Awareness Week. There will be some comment and content from us throughout the week along with some practical tips and guidance. Don’t forget we are ISO22301 practitioners and if you need to know a bit more about we can do for your Business […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 15th May 2017
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  • BC awareness, BCAW2017, business continuity, business continuity awareness week
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25Apr

The Evolution of the School Photo – from Julia McCarron #schoolsecurity

It’s an interesting topic – body-worn video technology (BWV). Love the concept or hate the concept, people will always see two sides of the coin in their usage. Safety and Snooping. There is obviously a fine line between them but one I was drawn to look into a little further having read an article stating […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 25th April 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • BWV, cctv, data protection, data protection act, GDPR, information security, NUT, physical security, school
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19Apr

Cyber Breach Surveys – Yesterdays Fish and Chip Paper? Guest post from Julia McCarron

Advent IM Director, Julia McCarron, lends us her view on the latest cyber survey… I saw this morning that yet another Government survey has been revealed saying once again that ‘nearly half’ of UK firms had suffered a cyber security attack or breach. It seems that we are being given a very similar statistic pretty […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 19th April 2017
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  • breach fatigue, cyber security, data breach, government survey, Julia McCarron
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30Mar

Is it Blitz Spirit or Better Security? Julia McCarron talks about being in #Westminster during the attack

We are now a week on from the atrocities of the Westminster attack on 22nd March 2017 and London and Londoners, its visitors and commuters continue with their day to day lives almost as if the attack never happened. Almost. Clearly for those directly affected by this individual’s mindless actions, day to day life will […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 30th March 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • intelligence services, London, security services, Westminster, Westminster Attack
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24Mar

Westminster Attack

Our thoughts are with the victims and families of those murdered or injured during this attack. Our gratitude and respect, to the police, emergency paramedics and other first responders.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 24th March 2017
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06Feb

Attack Trees part two #RiskMethodology

Del Brazil re-visits the Attack Tree methodology The author has recently published an article about the use of Attack Trees for undertaking Information Risk Assessments. This follow up article is designed to invoke discussion on the current changes to risk management methodologies. Attack Trees have been highlighted as one of the potential candidates for replacing […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 6th February 2017
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  • attack trees, IS1&2, risk assessment, risk management, risk methodology
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01Feb

Let’s talk about a Leavers Policy

Del Brazil takes a look at recent security failures that made the news and could have been managed or prevented with a robust leavers policy and its careful application. An American college had cause to dismiss one of its IT Administrators and requested that all college IT equipment be returned.  The employee complied but not […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 1st February 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • cyber crime, Insider threat, leavers, policy, Security
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27Jan

Data Protection – The Importance of Training #DPD17

A guest post for Data Protection Awareness Day 2017 from our very own Steve Foley, Security Consultant… Security Awareness Training, the phrase that makes most employees roll their eyes and think ‘great another hour of my life that I’ll never get back’.  Some staff gleefully look forward to 60 mins sat in a darkened room […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 27th January 2017
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  • #DPD17, Data Protection Day 2017, Data Protection training, Infosec, Security
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27Jan

Data Protection Awareness Day 2017! #DPD17

We have enjoyed getting involved with Data Protection Awareness Day over the last few years and with GDPR fast approaching (next year…!), it is more important than ever to raise awareness of the importance of good quality Data Protection practices.  Sometimes our contributions are serious, sometimes lighthearted but they are always useful and containing good […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 27th January 2017
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  • #DPD17, data protection, EU, GDPR, Infosec, Security
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27Jan

#DPD17 Data Protection Awareness Day is upon us…game show style..

Data Protection Awareness Day is very important to us. Not only are we DP practitioners, we are DP practitioners who are helping businesses prepare for General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in 2018, which is going to have widespread ramifications and we want everyone to be well and truly up to speed. Fines amounting to 4% […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 27th January 2017
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  • #DPD17, data protection, Infosec, Security
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24Jan

Ready for Doxware?

A guest post from Del Brazil –  Advent IM Security Consultant Doxware is a more vicious version of Ransomware in that not only does the hacker holds the user to ransom having encrypted their files but also threatens to release sensitive information, photos and/or conversations into the public domain until such time a ransom is […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 24th January 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • cyber crime, cyber security, doxware, malware, ransomware
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17Jan

James Morris MP visits Advent IM to talk GDPR and the future of Cyber Security in the Boardroom

**PRESS RELEASE**     Media Contact: Ellie Hurst +44 (0) 121 559 6699, bestpractice@advent-im.co.uk Date : 17.01.17 Advent IM, the UKs leading holistic security consultancy, today announced an upcoming visit from James Morris MP to their Birmingham centre on 20th of January.   2018 will see the adoption of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 17th January 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • cyber security, GDPR, James Morris MP
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20Dec

2016 over the shoulder – Another year of the Data Breach?

For the last few years, we have seen The Year of the Breach, resolutely attributed to the preceding year. 2016 is not going to buck that trend and in terms of breach it certainly doesn’t disappoint. Indeed some breaches from years past, such as Ashley Madison in 2015, have still rumbled on in 2016.  In […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 20th December 2016
  • 0 Comments
  • cyber security, data protection, GDPR, Security
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13Dec

2017 Security Predictions from the Advent IM Team

At this time of year we like to make security predictions for the year to come. Ho Ho Oh dear…     Mike Gillespie – Director I predict – further growth and sophistication in phishing attacks, and as a result of these successful attacks and continuing low quality user awareness and education, an increase in the […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 13th December 2016
  • 0 Comments
  • botnet, Brexit, cyber attack, cybercrime, data protection, DDoS, GDPR, IoT, mirai, ransomware, security predictions
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16Nov

BYOD vs CYOD Where is the Trend?

Guest post from an Advent IM Security Consultant on a key business topic. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), the phrase that has raised more than one eyebrow within the security fraternity and so it should! Allowing a personally owned device to access your corporate network or store any of your sensitive data? The lack of […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 16th November 2016
  • 0 Comments
  • BYOD, cyber security, CYOD, policy, Security
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26Oct

Advent IM celebrating with IISP

Dave Wharton and Ellie Hurst were delighted to represent Advent IM as Gold Sponsors at the IISP 10th Anniversary celebrations, aboard HQS Wellington this month. It was great to review the progress and evolution of the Institute and exciting to hear the future direction for the organisation and its members. The venue was certainly well chosen […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 26th October 2016
  • 0 Comments
  • advent IM, Gold Sponsor, HQS Wellington, IISP, information security
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17Oct

Advent IM announce its “Cyber for the C-Suite” breakfast seminar

**PRESS RELEASE** Media Contact: Ellie Hurst +44 (0) 121 559 6699, bestpractice@advent-im.co.uk Date : 17.10.16   Advent IM, the UKs leading holistic security consultancy, today announced a Cyber Security Awareness seminar, exclusively for Business Leaders and Senior Board Directors. A breakfast seminar created exclusively for Business Leaders and Senior Board members seeking guidance on cyber […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 17th October 2016
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  • breakfast seminar, c-suite, cyber security
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06Oct

Advent IM Gold Sponsor for IISP 10th Anniversary

**PRESS RELEASE**     Media Contact: Ellie Hurst +44 (0) 121 559 6699, bestpractice@advent-im.co.uk Date : 06 October 2016 Advent IM helps celebrate IISP’s 10th anniversary    The Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP) celebrates a ten year anniversary in October and Advent IM Ltd are joining the celebrations as Gold Sponsors of the commemorative event. […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 6th October 2016
  • 0 Comments
  • 10th anniversary, advent IM, IISP, Institute of Information Security Professionals
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23Sep

Yahoo breach – two years on…

Some comment from Mike Gillespie: Not for the first time lately, are we looking at the fall out from a breach that happened well over a year ago, (Dropbox anyone) in the case of the Yahoo event, it is  two years old. Once again we are being told to change our passwords and being reassured that […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 23rd September 2016
  • 0 Comments
  • cyber crime, dark net, data breach, data loss, hack, passwords, personal information, security question, stolen information, yahoo!
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19Sep

The importance of pastoral care – guest post from Mike Gillespie

Advent IM, MD, Mike Gillespie gives us his thoughts on the ongoing role pastoral care plays, post vetting when it comes to insider threat. People Every business needs them. Every business spends money and time sourcing, training and moulding them. Some businesses even put them through a rigorous vetting system.  But because we are human, our belief […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 19th September 2016
  • 0 Comments
  • employee monitoring, information security, Insider threat, Mike Gillespie, pastoral care, Security, vetting
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06Sep

How safe is your Password?

A post from Del Brazil, Advent IM Security Consultant. Passwords are supposed to be hard to guess but not hard to remember which in itself is a paradox.  How can you actually have something that is hard to guess and yet be easy enough to remember, let alone have several of them each with a […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 6th September 2016
  • 0 Comments
  • business, cyber security, information security, Infosec, password guidance, password hygiene, passwords, resilience, Security
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05Aug

Advent IM accepted on UK Government’s G-Cloud 8

**PRESS RELEASE** Advent IM join G-Cloud 8 Media Contact: Ellie Hurst +44 (0) 121 559 6699, bestpractice@advent-im.co.uk Date : 04.08.16 The UK’s leading independent holistic security consultancy today confirmed availability through the UK Government’s G-Cloud 8 framework Advent IM, the UK’s leading independent, holistic security consultancy, announced today it has been accepted onto the UK […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 5th August 2016
  • 0 Comments
  • Cyber Security consulting, Department for Culture Media & Sport, G Cloud 8, G-Cloud, HMG, Public sector procurement, UK Government
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02Aug

Security of Critical National Infrastructure – BT Service

Del Brazil takes a look at the resilience of CNI, specifically our communications networks, after the BT outages. A recent second outage of BT Broadband has raised questions as to whether BT are not only suitable to manage the country’s communications infrastructure but should they be permitted to undertake the role alone? We regularly highlight […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 2nd August 2016
  • 0 Comments
  • BT, CNI, infrastructure, power outage, resilience, Security
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01Aug

Denmark’s Unencrypted Health Information Breach

Advent IM Security Consultant, Del Brazil It has been reported recently that health information pertaining to Denmark’s entire population, numbered at approximately 15 million, has been compromised in that unencrypted CDs were received by an unintended/unauthorised recipient. Datatilsynet, Denmark’s Data Protection authority reported that the breach occurred in 2015 and was linked to 2 unencrypted […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 1st August 2016
  • 0 Comments
  • cyber security, data breach, Denmark breach, encryption, information security, Infosec, personal data, Security
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15Jul

Do poachers always turn gamekeeper? Employing hackers – a look at the risks

Looking at some survey results recently, it struck me how the trend for employing hackers or ex hackers has really taken off. Perhaps more so in the US that the UK but Stateside trends often emerge here.  With this in mind, I asked our consultants for opinions on how this works and what problems may […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 15th July 2016
  • 0 Comments
  • black hat, business, hacker, ITHC, recruitment, resilience, script kiddy, white hat
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14Jul

Railway system hacking

Earlier this week, The Times reported on apparent cyber attacks on our rail networks. Advent IM Security Consultant, Chris Cope, gives us his opinion. Hacking attacks against rail infrastructure should come as no surprise. The move to connect industrial control systems to corporate networks has opened up a range of vulnerabilities. Many industrial control systems […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 14th July 2016
  • 0 Comments
  • CNI, cyber attack, hacker, ICS, railway, Security, transport infrastructure, unmanned
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06Jul

Ransomware – Is the NHS the next target? – Julia McCarron

It is always a treat to get a blog post from Advent IM Director, Julia McCarron and this time Julia has turned her eye to the spate of Ransomware attacks on US hospitals to ask how resilient the NHS is, should it face a similar level of attack. When I hear the word ransom it […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 6th July 2016
  • 0 Comments
  • CERT, cyber attack prevention, cyber security, HSCIC, malware, NHS, ransomware, security awareness
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28Jun

What about GDPR now we are confirmed to leave the EU?

Now the UK has finally had a referendum and is apparently on the path to exit the EU, UK businesses will want to know where they stand on EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). For many, the GDPR was the culmination of a lot of hard work, forward thinking and a genuine desire for an increased robustness in dealing […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 28th June 2016
  • 0 Comments
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19May

ISO 22301:2014 Business Continuity Management Systems #BCAW2016

A look at the Business Continuity international standard by Del Brazil for Business Continuity Awareness Week  The worldwide recognised standard for Business Continuity is ISO 22301:2014 – Business Continuity Management Systems which was preceded by BS 25999 – Business Continuity Management. The ISO 22301 standard clearly provides direction to all businesses/organisations on how to plan, […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 19th May 2016
  • 0 Comments
  • #BCAW2016, business continuity, ISO22301, PDCA
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18May

Business Continuity Testing #BCAW2016 day 3

Another post from Del Brazil – Advent IM Security Consultant for Business Continuity Awareness Week 2016 The author has recently posted an article about the importance of business continuity to an organisation and how it can help to ensure its survival in the event of a major disruptive event. All business continuity plans must be […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 18th May 2016
  • 0 Comments
  • business continuity, business continuity awareness week, Business Continuity Plan, Business Continuity testing, incident planning, plan testing, Security
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17May

Business Continuity – the real threats, from Del Brazil

From Del Brazil, Advent IM Security Consultant – for Business Continuity Awareness Week #BCAW2016 As its Business Continuity Week it seems only logical to start at beginning of the whole Business Continuity process, which is to ask ‘Why do we need Business Continuity?’ Business Continuity is a standard methodology that addresses the critical outputs and […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 17th May 2016
  • 0 Comments
  • #BCAW2016, business continuity, ISO23001, Security
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16May

Business Continuity Awareness Week starts today #BCAW2016

Business Continuity Awareness Week is upon us and we wanted to contribute to this key business area awareness raising for a few reasons. Firstly, we know how important it is because all businesses suffer from unintended events (or the odd intended one too!) that can impact their ability to carry on. Planning for the most […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 16th May 2016
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05May

ADVENT IM JOIN UK GOVERNMENT DIGITAL MARKETPLACE, DIGITAL OUTCOMES AND SPECIALISTS FRAMEWORK

**PRESS RELEASE** Advent IM today announced it’s availability on the UK Government’s Digital Outcomes and Specialists framework. This framework is for public bodies and agencies to directly procure digital specialists and Advent IM is now available to these bodies for Cyber Security Specialist Consulting services, in addition to the UK G-Cloud framework. G-Cloud has carried […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 5th May 2016
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05May

World Password Day!

  May the 5th is World Password Day and we have a great opportunity to talk to staff and management about passwords, or just think about how we choose and manage your own. We frequently use the same device for work and home and the risks of an insecure password can be exponentially increased by password duplication […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 5th May 2016
  • 0 Comments
  • CESG, cyber security, data protection, password, password advice, Security, user credentials, world password day
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06Apr

Mike and Ellie speaking at ASIS Europe April 8

ASIS Europe opens today (6th) and looks to have a very interesting spread of speakers and workshops. Mike Gillespie will be speaking, with and introduction of the key topics from Ellie Hurst. You can find details of the event here if you are planning your visit. Don’t forget to come and say hello and you can […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 6th April 2016
  • 0 Comments
  • advent IM, ASIS, Ellie Hurst, events, Mike Gillespie, Security
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21Mar

Mike presenting at the Health and Safety Event 23.4.16

Mike Gillespie will be presenting at the Health and Safety Event at the NEC on Wednesday 23rd of March. Mike will be talking about cyber security and risk in context with health and safety and business as a whole. Details on the event are here…
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 21st March 2016
  • 0 Comments
  • business, cyber security, event, health and safety, resilience, Security
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16Feb

Security and Policing Event 2016

This Home Office event will soon be upon us (March 8-10) and we just wanted to let you know you will be able to find us on stand Z20 in the Cyber Zone. You can find details of this event here. Mike Gillespie will also be presenting in the Cyber Briefing Zone on the 9th […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 16th February 2016
  • 0 Comments
  • Cyber Briefing Zone, cyber security, events, information security training, Mike Gillespie, police security projects, security and policing
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12Feb

Some top security tips that ALL employees can use

When it comes to security, one thing is clear, people occasionally do daft things with computers and devices, and they frequently do these daft things at work. They occasionally do malicious things too but it’s mostly just daft. So we can train our employees (including managers and directors) in our procedures and policies and enforce […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 12th February 2016
  • 0 Comments
  • email scams, employee security, phishing, secure behaviour, security advice, SME, social engineering, USB
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02Feb

NASA hacking?

A post on allegations of NASA being hacked from Del Brazil of Advent IM There have been allegations of numerous hacks into the systems controlled or operated by NASA. These have ranged from secret UFO files being accessed, through to drones being infiltrated and subsequently controlled by unauthorised persons. This raises the questions about how secure […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 2nd February 2016
  • 0 Comments
  • data breach, drone, hack, NASA, password cracking, sensitive data, UAV
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28Jan

Data Protection Day 2016!

As it is Data Protection Day, we thought we would take a look at the current state of play when it comes to business impact from data breach and its not pretty reading… With increasing levels of data being collected every year, now more than ever we need to ensure very high quality processes and […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 28th January 2016
  • 0 Comments
  • business, data protection day, data protection support, EU data protection regulations, information security, Security
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22Jan

Affinity Gaming and Trustwave legal action

A post from Chris Cope CISM, CISSP, MInstISP, CESG Certified Professional, PCBCM, ISO27001 Lead Auditor  and Advent IM Security Consultant It had to happen at some point;  a cyber security company is being sued by a customer for not delivering the goods.  Las Vegas based Affinity gaming has initiated legal proceedings against Chicago firm Trustwave for making […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 22nd January 2016
  • 0 Comments
  • affinity gaming, cyber security, legal action, mandiant, Security, security threat, trustwave
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13Jan

Cyber Everything & PCI DSS – The Forgotten Standard?

Senior Security Consultant for Advent IM and PCI-DSS expert,  Mark Jones gives us his thoughts on the current awareness of this important payment industry standard. In the current information security climate where everything has ‘cyber’ prefixing the topic e.g. cybersecurity, cyber risk, cyber threats and the list goes on, is it possible organisations have forgotten […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 13th January 2016
  • 0 Comments
  • credit card, cyber security, online shopping, payment card industry, payment card security, payment card standard, pci dss
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12Jan

Incident Management – an explanation and example

Advent IM Security Consultant, Del Brazil, offers some guidance on best practice in Incident Management. Incident Management is defined by the Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) is ‘To restore normal service operation as quickly as possible and minimise the impact on business operations, thus ensuring that agreed levels of service are maintained.’  Although this definition is […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 12th January 2016
  • 1 Comments
  • business continuity, data protection, resilience, risk assessment, Security, security incident, security incident management, security tips
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08Jan

Internet Explorer: Jan 12th will bring some changes…

A post from Advent IM Security Consultant, Chris Cope.  Do you use Microsoft Internet Explorer?  Are you using a version of Windows older than 8.1?  If the answer to these questions is yes ,or even don’t know, then you need to keep on reading. On 12 January 2016, Microsoft will only provide security updates to […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 8th January 2016
  • 0 Comments
  • IE, IE Security, internet explorer
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04Jan

Got a Drone for Christmas? Don’t forget Registration and Regulation

Whilst trying to contain my disappointment at not getting Millennium Falcon drone in my stocking, I asked Advent IM Security Consultant, Del Brazil, what the implications are for those of us who do have drones, Star Wars based or not… Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) As Christmas has been and gone many of us will now […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 4th January 2016
  • 0 Comments
  • BALPA, CAA, christmas, drone, flying, law, legislation, registration, UAV
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04Jan

The cyber-buck stops in the boardroom…

Advent IM Security Consultant, Del Brazil gives us his view of some of the comments and take-outs that ALL boards need to be aware of, following Dido Harding’s appearance before a parliamentary committee on the TalkTalk Breach. The TalkTalk security breach continues to roll on with the TalkTalk CEO Dido Harding telling a parliamentary committee […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 4th January 2016
  • 0 Comments
  • boardroom, c suite, cyber security training, data breach, data protection, Dido Harding, parliamentary committee, Security, TalkTalk
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16Dec

Round-up: Top posts of 2015

2015 is almost over and we have been pleased and delighted to welcome many new followers and contributors to the Advent IM Holistic Security blog. It’s hard to wade through all the content but we thought it would be nice to present you with a list of some of our most popular posts this year, by […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 16th December 2015
  • 0 Comments
  • advent IM, data breach, data security, hacking, information security, Infosec, ISO27001, Mike Gillespie, risk, Security, security threat
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16Dec

TalkTalk advised not to talktalk about their breach?

According the International Business Times, the Metropolitan Police advised TalkTalk not to discuss their breach. (you can read the article here) Here, in conversation on the topic , is Advent IM Directors, Julia McCarron and Mike Gillespie and Security Consultant, Chris Cope. “This is interesting as it shows the 2 different priorities at work.  For […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 16th December 2015
  • 0 Comments
  • cyber security, data breach, data protection act, Dido Harding, information security, Infosec, police, security breach, security cyber attack, TalkTalk
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07Dec

Security Predictions for 2016

As 2015 draws to a close, we asked the Advent IM Staff to ponder the challenges for next year. 2015 saw some huge data and security fumbles and millions of people had their personal information exposed as hack after hack revealed not only how much this activity is on the increase, but also how  the […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 7th December 2015
  • 0 Comments
  • advent IM, Chris Cope, cyber security, Dale Penn, data protection, data protection act, Del Brazil, Ellie Hurst, hacking, information security, ISO27001, Julia McCarron, Mark Jones, Mike Gillespie, Security, security 2016, security predictions, security threat, training
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02Dec

‘Tis the season to be jolly… careful.

Thanks to Chris Cope for this look at Festive scams. Its that time of year when we all spend plenty of money buying presents for loved ones and, in a trend that increases year on year, many of these transactions are carried out online.  Online transactions are worth millions of pounds to retailers and its […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 2nd December 2015
  • 0 Comments
  • christmas shopping, malware, online shopping, scams, Security, spoofing
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02Dec

Why would anyone want to hack the weather?

A review of the news of the BoM attack  from Security Consultant, Chris Cope. Or more precisely, why would anyone want to hack the Australian met office?  Well, its happened and officials are quick to announce that the damage will take millions of dollars to fix and that China was responsible for the hack.  Its […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 2nd December 2015
  • 0 Comments
  • Australia, BoM, cyber attack, cyber security, Government, hacking, Security, security threat
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30Nov

The Advent, Advent Calendar…

It has become a tradition for us to share a security tip or jolly every day of Advent and this year is no different.  Here it is, all ready for the start of Advent, tomorrow…
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 30th November 2015
  • 0 Comments
  • advent calendar, security tips
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30Nov

Cyber Monday top tips

Cyber Monday is upon us again.. or should I say #cybermonday. Anyway, I asked our Security Consultants to come up with some top tips to help you shop a bit more securely for your Christmas gifts and decorations. Thanks to Chris Cope and Del Brazil for this.  (other online vendors are available)   Always check for […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 30th November 2015
  • 0 Comments
  • christmas shopping, cyber monday, cyber security, online shopping, Security
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26Nov

Trident vulnerable to hacking?

By Julia McCarron with contribution from Chris Cope. There have been a number of press stories in the last few days that could have us searching for our 3 pronged spears to protect these shores because, if the news is to be believed, the missile version of Trident could be rendered useless or obsolete from […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 26th November 2015
  • 0 Comments
  • cyber attack, cyber security, hacking, ISO27001, missiles, MOD, nuclear, Trident
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25Nov

Email Insecurity

This time of year, there is an upsurge in phishing and other malicious emails for us to contend with. From phony delivery notices to hoax PayPal problem emails, our inboxes are awash with attempts to invade, defraud and otherwise cause us chaos or loss. So the news that people are not taking the threat from email seriously after […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 25th November 2015
  • 0 Comments
  • BYOD, cyber fraud, cyber security, email, fraud, information security, phishing, Security, spam
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06Nov

Morrisons staff suing over data breach. Del Brazil takes a look at what we know and what it might mean.

Advent IM Security Consultant, Del Brazil discusses some of the questions raised by the legal action from Morrisons employees over a data breach that led to their private information being leaked… It has been reported in Computer Weekly that thousands of Morrisons staff are planning to sue the retailer over a data breach in which a disgruntled former […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 6th November 2015
  • 0 Comments
  • data breach, data protection act, employee rights, employment law, information security, Insider threat, litigation, Morrisons, Security
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05Nov

“Five Eyes” intelligence document leak – Australian Defence bureaucrat off to jail

This week saw the news that the junior bureaucrat from the Australian Department of Defence, has been jailed for one year, following his guilty plea in the ACT Supreme Court to posting a secret Defence Intelligence Organisation, to an online forum. Julia McCarron gives her take on this quite staggering series of events. Not a ‘Gooday’ […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 5th November 2015
  • 0 Comments
  • advent IM, Australia, cyber security, Department of Defence, five eyes, information security, Insider threat, intelligence, Julia McCarron, national security, Security, security policy, spooks, vetting
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03Nov

SAFE HARBOUR RETURNS…

From Dale Penn, Advent IM Security Consultant Safe Harbour was a process by which US companies could comply with the  EU Directive 95/46/EC on the protection of personal data when transferring data “across the pond” Intended for organizations within the European Union or United States which store customer data, the Safe Harbour Principles are designed […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 3rd November 2015
  • 0 Comments
  • business, data protection, EU directive, Infosec, safe harbor, safe harbour, Security
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30Oct

Banking on Good Cyber Security

Julia McCarron reflects on the news that regulators are almost at the point of requiring major financial services companies to participate in a cyber security testing programme, according to the Bank of England. It was nice to see the Bank of England talking about cyber security recently, and the importance it sees in testing awareness and resilience […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 30th October 2015
  • 0 Comments
  • Bank of England, business, cyber security, cyber testing, financial services, phishing, resilience
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29Oct

Have you got the energy for another breach…?

Julia McCarron, Advent IM Director, looks at the British Gas breach that saw customer details published online and the energy giant claiming they had not been breached and the details must have come from elsewhere… So let’s get this straight. The email addresses and passwords definitely belonged to British Gas customers? Tick. They definitely accessed British […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 29th October 2015
  • 0 Comments
  • British Gas, cyber security, data breach, Infosec, online accounts, passwords
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29Oct

This isn’t just poor security….a post on the M&S security incident from Julia McCarron

Advent IM Director, Julia McCarron has turned her eye to the M&S security breach… Well as our Marcomms Manager, Ellie superbly put it, “This isn’t just poor security, this is M&S poor security”. The brand synonymous with quality has let the side down following what it claims was an internal system glitch that caused M&S online account […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 29th October 2015
  • 0 Comments
  • advent IM, customer information, cyber security, data breach, data leak, information security, Julia McCarron, marks and spencers, Security, website
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28Oct

Nuclear Power Plant Worker caught looking at bomb-making websites….

A nuclear power plant worker in Scotland has been escorted from  EDF’s West Kilbride premises and the police called, after allegedly viewing bomb-making websites whilst at work.  The full story is here. Some comment from Advent IM DIrector, Julia McCarron. Trying to find out how to build a bomb whilst working on-site at a nuclear […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 28th October 2015
  • 0 Comments
  • bomb making, CNI, Critical National Infrastructure, EDF, employee monitoring, nuclear, security culture, security vetting
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26Oct

Aviva 2nd Data Breach

Advent IM Security Consultant Del Brazil, gives us his thoughts on the Aviva data breach. For the second time in less than two years Aviva have reported a data breach in which customer data has been released to person(s) unknown.  It is unclear at this time as to whether it a procedural issue, a technical misconfiguration […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 26th October 2015
  • 0 Comments
  • aviva, cyber security, cybercrime, data breach, data protection, staff vetting
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23Oct

CRIME OF OUR GENERATION – A Look at the TalkTalk Breach

A review from Advent IM Security Consultant, Chris Cope. The TalkTalk hack has left another major UK business reeling from a cyber attack and customers angry as, once again, there is a possibility that sensitive information is now in the public domain.  The telecommunications company decided to take its own website offline on Wednesday following […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 23rd October 2015
  • 0 Comments
  • cyberattack, cybercrime, data breach, hack, Metropolitan police, TalkTalk, unencrypted
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21Oct

Get Safe Online Week – Our Contribution

We are halfway through Get Safe Online Week and although we are generally business-focused, we felt it was very important to get involved and to issue some advice that everyone can use. So we have some Personal User and some Business User advice below for you, Courtesy of Del Brazil, Advent IM Security Consultant. #GetSafeOnlineWeek Here in […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 21st October 2015
  • 0 Comments
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16Oct

The Insider that rarely gets questioned…

Insider Threat certainly isn’t going away, is it? Reading the continual survey results and news items I see published, it will still be an issue for a long time to come. We know that a lot of the Risk that Insiders bring can be mitigated with good policy and process combined with tech that is fit for purpose. But […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 16th October 2015
  • 0 Comments
  • boardroom, BYOD, c suite, cybersecurity, data protection, Insider threat, risk, risky behaviour, Security in the boardroom, security policy
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09Oct

No more Safe Harbour…or Harbor

European Court of Justice has ruled that transatlantic data sharing agreement is invalid. What does this mean for UK businesses that utilise US datacentres or Cloud services? Advent IM Director Mike Gillespie, “There are issues arising from this ruling that require the urgent attention of UK businesses and they need to be aware of the […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 9th October 2015
  • 0 Comments
  • business, data protection, EU, information security, legislation, privacy, safe harbour, Security, surveillance, US
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08Oct

Attack of the Drones – guest post from Julia McCarron – Advent IM Director

So this week came the worrying news that mobile phones attached to drones can hack Wi-Fi devices and steal our data. That Star Wars script of yesteryear could be coming into its own! Oh hang on … that was Clones not Drones J But seriously, the use of drones in warfare is becoming more and […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 8th October 2015
  • 0 Comments
  • 1984, drones, hacking, Security, Star Wars, surveillance, UAVs
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03Sep

What is TOR ?

An opinion piece post from Advent IM Consultant, Del Brazil TOR is a service that is freely downloadable that assists in providing anonymity or improves privacy for users who wish to keep, among other things, their internet location secure.  In essence it provides a defensive mechanism against traffic analysis, network surveillance and assists in protecting […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 3rd September 2015
  • 0 Comments
  • anonymous browsing, cyber security, dark web, deep net, privacy, Security, Tor
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05Aug

Security Specialists Security Breached – from Dale Penn

From Dale Penn, Advent IM Security Consultant.. The recent hacks of Bit defender and Hacking Team just go to show that if you don’t address the basics you are going to leave yourself vulnerable to attack. So what did they do wrong that we can learn from and reduce the risk to our organisations? Both […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 5th August 2015
  • 0 Comments
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14Jul

Planes, Trains and Automobiles (and news stories about hacking them)

A guest post from Dale Penn, an Advent IM Security Consultant – taking a look at vehicle hacking and questioning how much we really need to fear. Even though the title is a tribute to a classic, well-loved comedy, the subject I am about to discuss is no joke! All of us have seen recent […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 14th July 2015
  • 0 Comments
  • advent IM, car hacking, plane hacking, train hacking, transport security, vehicle hacking
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29Jun

Social Engineering – Still the best attacker exploit – guest post from Dale Penn, Advent IM Security Consultant

Another great post from one of our consultants, this time from Dale Penn on the topic of Social Engineering. Introduction Social engineering is still the most prolific and successful method of hacking. It is a non-technical attack that relies on a user being tricked or coerced into some form of action which presents the attacker […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 29th June 2015
  • 0 Comments
  • phishing, pretexting, Security, social engineering, training, vishing
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25Jun

New Whitepapers added to the Website…

Go to the Advent IM Website for FREE downloads of these and other Whitepapers from Advent IM specialists   Security in Independent Education Sector – this whitepaper discusses some of the challenges and threats that Independent Education facilities need to consider along with some advice and guidance Security for SMEs – this whitepaper looks at […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 25th June 2015
  • 0 Comments
  • advent IM, education, Security, SMEs, whitepaper
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23Jun

EU Data Protection Changes – What You Need To Know

Thank you to Dale Penn, one of the talented Advent IM Security Consultants for this informative guest post. GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) Introduction This January the European Commission revealed a draft of its GDPR. The European Commission is hoping to introduce the GDPR by this end of 2015 to replace the outdated EU Data […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 23rd June 2015
  • 0 Comments
  • advent IM, cyber security, data protection, EU, EU Regulation, GDPR, information security, ISO27001
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22Jun

Are you still operating XP or Windows 2003? – A guest post from Julia McCarron, Advent IM Director

Whilst Microsoft’s utopia may be for us all to automatically upgrade every time there is a new version of Windows, for many organisations this isn’t always an option. With some still coping with life after the recession the cost of upgrading to new platforms can be restrictive, especially if XP and Windows 2003 still works […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 22nd June 2015
  • 0 Comments
  • advent IM, cyber security, IT, IT security, Julia McCarron, microsoft, risk, risk assessment, Security, security advice, security patching, security support, servers, windows, windows 2003, XP
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09Jun

Most Influential in Security 2015…

..at Number 8 is Mike Gillespie, Advent IM MD. Well done Mike!  Full list is here
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 9th June 2015
  • 0 Comments
  • advent IM, IFSEC, Mike Gillespie, top 50 most influential in security
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08Jun

Attack Trees

Following on from his last popular post, Advent IM Consultant, Del Brazil turns his attention to Attack Trees. Recently the SPF Mandatory Requirement to use the HMG IS 1&2 Technical Risk Assessment methodology was withdrawn and has resulted in organisations being afforded the luxury of identifying and using a more appropriate and manageable risk assessment […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 8th June 2015
  • 0 Comments
  • attack trees, cyber security, HMG, Infosec, RMADS, Security Policy Framework, SPF, Technical information Risk Management, Technical Risk Assessment
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05Jun

We are recruiting! Sales Executive role….

If you are motivated sales individual, pop over to the Advent IM website and have a look at our vacancy details. https://www.advent-im.co.uk/sales_executive.aspx
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 5th June 2015
  • 0 Comments
  • advent IM, IT security sales, recruitment, sales vacancy, security vacancy
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01Jun

Most Influential in Security 2015 -IFSEC

You may want to vote for someone on the IFSEC list from last year – like Mike Gillespie who was 8th, or you may have someone else in mind. Either way, you have till June 8th (9am) to get your vote in. Good luck to everyone nominated and long may you continue to be a […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 1st June 2015
  • 0 Comments
  • advent IM, cyber security, IFSEC, most influential in security 2015, physical security, Security, vote
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29May

Infosec and IFSEC 2015…how to find us

It’s that time of year again! If you are hoping to meet up with us at either of these two important events, you can find Gareth Williams on stand S70 near the BIS Innovation Zone on Day 1 (2nd June) of Infosecurity2015. You can email us at bestpractice@advent-im.co.uk or tweet us @Advent_IM to arrange to […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 29th May 2015
  • 0 Comments
  • advent IM, cyber security, IFSEC, Infosec, Mike Gillespie
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27May

Ransomware – the background and what you need to know

A blog post from one of our Security Consultants, Del Brazil. Ransomware first appeared in the early part of latter 20th Century, with the first reported version being the AIDS Trojan Horse which was created and released in the USA.  Since then the development has rapidly increased, resulting in over 250,000 variants of Ransomware identified […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 27th May 2015
  • 0 Comments
  • cyber security, malware, ransomeware, Security
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25Feb

Local MP, James Morris, supports efforts to bridge the cyber skills gap.

**Press Release** Midland based Cyber/Information Security Consultancy and members of the Malvern Cyber Security Cluster, Advent IM enjoyed some serious discussion of how to bridge the cyber security skills gap with James Morris, the MP for Halesowen and Rowley Regis MP.   Advent IM, the UKs leading independent holistic security consultancy welcomed local MP James […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 25th February 2015
  • 0 Comments
  • advent IM, apprenticeships, cyber security, cyber skills gap, Halesowen, James Morris MP, malvern cyber security cluster, Rowley Regis, security skills gap, skills gap, training
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24Feb

Security & Policing Home Office Event – come and see us!

We will be exhibiting at the Security & Policing Home Office Event 10th-12th March 2015 at FIVE, Farnborough You can find us in the Cyber Zone on stand 0-14 Look out for Mike Gillespie and Paul Oughton who should be around the stand for part of the event.    You can tweet us there @Advent_IM […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 24th February 2015
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  • advent IM, Cyber Zone, Home Office event, Mike Gillespie, Security & Policing 2015, security expo
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12Feb

How cyber-attacks affect local and national businesses – The Rt. Hon. James Morris MP visits Midland based experts to find out.

Midland based Cyber/Information Security Consultancy and members of the Malvern Cyber Security Cluster, Advent IM announce a forthcoming visit from Halesowen and Rowley Regis MP, James Morris. The visit is planned for the Advent IM Offices and Training Centre on February 20th at 11.30am. 5 Coombs Wood Court, Steel Park Road, Halesowen B62 8BF. This […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 12th February 2015
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  • advent IM, cyber attack, cyber security, cyber security consultancy, cyber training, hacking, James Morris MP, malvern cyber security cluster, Mike Gillespie, MP visit, press release, security awareness training
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22Jan

Francis Maude visits Midlands Cyber Security Firm

The Rt. Hon. Francis Maude MP called in to meet the team at a West Midlands based Cyber Security Consultancy today. Today, Advent IM was pleased to host a visit by the Rt. Hon Francis Maude MP as part of his remit as the Minister for Cyber Security.  Mr. Maude met with co-founders of Advent […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 22nd January 2015
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  • advent IM, Cabinet Office, cyber security, francis maude, HM Government, Julia McCarron, malvern cyber security cluster, Mike Gillespie, security consultancy
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13Jan

Cyber Security Solution suppliers to HM Government..

**PRESS RELEASE** Advent IM Recognised as Cyber Security Solution Supplier to HM Government Media Contact: Ellie Hurst  +44 (0) 121 559 6699, bestpractice@advent-im.co.uk Date :13.01.15 Holistic Security Consultancy and member of the Malvern Cyber Security Cluster, Advent IM Ltd, have today announced their confirmed status as Cyber Security Solution suppliers to HM Government. Advent IM today […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 13th January 2015
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06Jan

Watch out for those iPhone/iPad phishing emails

For reasons far too dull to expand upon, there were no Apple products in my stocking this year. I have however, had a mountain of email telling me to click through various links in order to re-register my iPad, to download a free app or piece of music, and a variety of other things. Also for […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 6th January 2015
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  • advent IM, apple, cybercrime, email, ipad, iphone, malware, phishing, privacy, Security
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