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North Wales Cyber Security Cluster – April 2016 Meeting

Cyber Security Cluster - April 2016

The North Wales Cyber Security Cluster is meeting on 21 April at Solvings Ltd, in Mold, Flintshire. Solvings provide a great location and the cluster is a wonderful opportunity to learn about cyber security. Access to cluster meetings is free and everyone is welcome. No prior knowledge is needed. There really are no stupid questions! Clusters […]

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Ransomware: Don’t panic – deal with it

Ransomware bites hard but good security controls are effective

Since Cryptolocker appeared in late 2013, it seems hardly a day can go by without some ransomware attack hitting the news. The variations all have entertaining names like Teslacrypt, Locky, PayCrypt (etc). The impact on the victims can be monumental. Tracking sites show new versions appearing several times a day – much faster than most […]

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Cyber Essentials – Would it have saved Lincolnshire County Council?

Lincolnshire County Council - Hit by ransomware Jan 2016

Cyber Essentials is a UK Government driven scheme which is designed to help businesses of all size reduce the risk and impact from malware attacks. It is mandatory for those who provide services to the MOD. Cyber Essentials is becoming mandatory for those who provide services to any other government department – including local government […]

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3 essential elements of any Infosec function

Infosec - its a team sport

As the news often shows, Information Security (infosec) is a big part of any organisation. From the small business with just a couple of computers to the global enterprise, infosec wraps around what you do, keeping you safe. Infosec is the function which keeps you servicing your customers. It protects your data. It ensures that […]

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Incident Response – 5 key stakeholder groups

Incident Response - Your team cant function in a vacuum.

Incident response is a vital component of every organisations security. It provides the safety net for when the inevitable happens and other controls fail. A good incident response team will also have subject matter experts who can guide your entire organisation’s security strategy. If you take security even slightly seriously, you will have an incident […]

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Halkyn Consulting – Site Redesign / Cyber Security Cluster

The new Halkyn Consulting Security Services website

As you may have noticed, the Halkyn Consulting website has undergone a redesign. This is aimed to improve our responsiveness on multiple platforms, allow us to expand our services without compromising readability and to help showcase our new activities. The new site is now fully live. If you have any comments or feedback we would […]

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AV is not dead – it just has limits

AV is not dead, just understand what it can and cant do.

Antivirus (AV) has been around for decades now and this is both a good and bad thing. On one hand, AV is so well known most people already understand that they need to have it. But on the other, all the attackers know about it. This means the first step in pretty much every attack […]

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Supplier Security – A lesson for T-Mobile

Supplier security problems result in this notice from the CEO of T-Mobile

Supplier security is something most organisations are at least aware of, and lots actually realise they need to do something about it. However, most of the time, “doing something” about it involves a quick chat with the supplier, possibly a generic check-list and a review that the contract at least mentions security. The problem is thinking […]

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Phishing and Malware – FedEx missed delivery

FedEx Delivery Phishing Email - there is no reason ANYONE should ever open this attachment.

It seems that every day, new script kiddies discover the likes of the Social Engineering Toolkit or Metasploit and launch a new wave of phishing attacks. Unfortunately it seems that this time the attackers are too lazy to even try. Today’s email – screenshot on the right – is a reasonably straight forward phishing attempt. The […]

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Finphishing – 8 steps to criminal profits

FinPhishing - short and succinct message, simple to generate but potentially deadly to the victim.

FinPhishing – or financial spear phishing – is a form of social engineering attack which is becoming massively profitable for the criminal enterprises involved. Unfortunately for the victims it is very cheap to deploy and nearly always gets past technological security controls such as spam filtering and malware detection. As a result of this, businesses […]

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Security breaches – do you know what to do next?

Anonymous - often linked to security breaches

One sad fact about security is that no matter what controls you put in place, you will suffer breaches and if you are on the internet it is likely to happen sooner rather than later. People sometimes hold to a “physical world” security model which has a clearly defined threat actor (e.g. a burglar) casing […]

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Halkyn Consulting – Vacation and Course Period

Halkyn Security Consultants

As our existing clients may be aware, Halkyn Consulting has entered into a three week period where we maximise our courses and vacation time. During this period we will be unable to respond to new clients but will continue to service existing clients. During this period there will be a delay in our responses and […]

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Security researchers demo GPU Keylogger

GeForce4 Ti 4600 Mac A04

Reported on the Register today, security researchers have demonstrated how malicious code can be run on graphics processors (GPUs) rather than the central processing unit (CPUs) at the heart of a computer: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/05/13/graphics_card_malware_gpu_keylogger/

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Security Patches – Internet Explorer – Act Fast

Security Patches - IT Plasters

For lots of enterprises, security patches are a pain to test, a pain to deploy and frequently frustrating when they require downtime for the inevitable system reboots. However, security patches are also a significantly important mechanism for protecting your environment against attacks. They really are. This month, Microsoft have announced 13 security patches – three of which are […]

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Phishing attacks continue to evolve and spread malware

Phishing Email - note the detail attempting to give it an air of legitimacy.

As most internet users know, phishing attacks are very common. The term itself dates back to 1995 (e.g. AOHell) and social engineering (which is basically what phishing is) goes back as long as we have had societies. At a basic level, phishing is an attempt by a malicious party to get the recipient (victim) to […]

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