Cyber Security Blogs
The CybSafe blog is a collection of stories, updates and guidance for people-centric security professionals. Our cyber security and security awareness blogs are not just about sharing information and news on the latest cyber threats, security affairs or data breaches. They also includes tips, advice and best practices for managing cybersecurity risk in your organization.
Why disciplining human error doesn’t work when it comes to cyber security
Nobody likes being punished. So why are we so quick to punish those who fall victim to cyber-attacks? A recent study by CybSafe found 4 in 10 organisations choose to discipline staff who make cyber security errors. There’s no doubt we need to respond when such incidents occur. But is disciplining employees really the best way to go?
Ransomware attack on the Irish Health Service Executive
Last week, the Irish Health Service Executive (HSE) suffered a cyber attack which forced a temporary shutdown of its IT systems. This caused huge disruption across the service. Following the attack, patients’ personal and medical information was shared online and a...
Personalising cybersecurity in the workplace
Most cyber security solutions take a one-size-fits-all approach. Everyone gets the same training and the same simulated phishing emails. Yet, we all respond to cyber threats in different ways. Our personalities and differences often play a key role in how we act. For...
Burnout in the tech industry
We need to talk about burnout. Sadly, it’s something most of us will be all too familiar with, particularly in the tech industry. A post-pandemic study revealed 62% of cyber security professionals found their role stressful. This year, the lines between work and home...
How does personality influence your cyber risk?
People are central to cyber security. Empowered with the right skills and tools, people can protect themselves and their organisations from cyber attack. But people aren’t all the same. Each of us has our own personality. And studies show links between our...
How to build good cyber security habits
We are all creatures of habit. Some habits we’d rather get rid of. But others can be beneficial. When it comes to cyber security, building good habits is essential. By building better security behaviour into our lives, we reduce our cyber risk. So how do we go about...
Remote Work Security Risks – 3 approaches to help you stay secure
Working remotely is changing. Our approach to cyber security needs to change too. Remote working is here to stay. Even when we reach the day where workplaces open their doors again, things won’t be as they were. CybSafe has joined a growing list of...
The 4 key factors for a successful phishing simulation
Phishing attacks are a problem. Over the past year, 88% of professionals reported an increase in phishing attacks. It can happen to anyone, at any time. For many, the go-to solution to this problem is a simulated phishing attack. But for this to be a success, it has...
How successful was the UK’s National Cyber Security Strategy (NCSS) 2016-2021?
In 2016, the UK government launched its National Cyber Security Strategy (NCSS). The five-year plan (2016-2021) was underpinned by £1.9 billion in funding. Its purpose was to make the UK “secure and resilient to cyber threats.” Has the NCSS achieved its aims? Let’s...
How can phishing affect a business?
Phishing attacks are on the rise. In 2020, 93% of UK organisations were targeted by Covid-19-related malware. 88% of security professionals reported an increase in phishing attacks. Typically, criminals behind phishing attacks aren’t attempting to steal money. They’re attempting to steal something potentially much more valuable: data. When phishing attacks trigger data breaches, the consequences for businesses can be severe.
How can we prepare for the challenges of hybrid working?
The proliferation of hybrid working is creating a new set of cyber security challenges. Learn how to prepare for the future with our article.
What the government must do to tackle cyber crime
Technology will be vital. As will collaboration between the public and private sectors. But to truly beat cyber crime, we’re going to need to check every single box…
3 common causes of cyber crime and cyber attacks that show we’re making things too easy for today’s cyber criminals
While causes of cyber attacks vary, some are remarkably widespread. These 3 easily-preventable causes show how easy some criminals have it.
If you want to change security behavior, stop thinking like a security professional, start thinking like an entrepreneur.
In 1998, Evan Goldberg revolutionised an industry. This is what we can learn from his story.
Post-pandemic, CISOs are overlooking cyber security
CISOs need to focus on cyber security. Cyber-attacks, and breaches of data are an imminent threat to organizations around the world.
We thought we needed to secure remote workers. We were wrong.
Our company was an early adopter of the remote work trend. As we discovered many security challenges, a new borderless security approach came to aid.
Zero-trust is up post-COVID-19, but you’d be wrong for thinking it will keep networks safe
“Now a good chunk of your critical assets are behind the firewall, but all your employees are not.” That’s what NetMotion CEO Christopher Kenessey said recently. He was summarising the problem we’re all facing: All of a sudden, the working world has changed.
Intro to Cyber Security
Are you worried about cyber security? Do you want to know about the recent security breaches? Read this article for a quick introduction to the basics of cyber security.
Security awareness is dead. Long live borderless behavior analytics.
If we’re honest with ourselves, we’ve all known it for a long time. Posters. Compulsory e-learning. Seminars and desk-drops. They’re security awareness staples. And they’re now all, without question, ineffective. They’re designed to teach people about security. Just on our terms.
Does isolation restrict remote worker security? – Part 1
Research shows how “social learning” impacts security skills – and it says a lot about securing remote workers. Remote working is here to stay. And there are benefits. But when it comes to security, remote working poses a problem.
How to secure Zoom, Houseparty and other video conferencing apps
We can all take steps to increase the security of video conferencing apps. This guide explains how.