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Cloud Security - how is 2017 shaping up?

Posted by: Ed Macnair  /  07 February 2017 09:42:36 GMT

With January rapidly becoming a distant memory, and as all those New Year good intentions get left by the wayside, I am pleased to report the race to the cloud continues apace.

But as enterprises embrace the cloud to help their businesses become more agile and responsive, they invariably encounter more security threats and become more susceptible to breaches from multiple channels. Legacy security technologies simply lag behind, as they just weren’t designed to deal with these threats.

So in this complex world, what do we think are the big up and coming cloud security trends? Here we take a look at our top five…

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Topics: Cloud, Security, CensorNet, Cloud Application Control, CASB, Apps, cac

Cloud Security issues aren’t unknown

Posted by: Ed Macnair  /  19 December 2016 11:43:51 GMT

When Cloud was the new kid on the block, the risk of adoption was simply too variable and therefore untenable but that didn’t really matter. It was gathering such momentum the security market simply couldn’t keep up. So in line with tradition, the easiest option was to get the big red stamp out and mark it ‘unsafe’ and hope it would go away.

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Topics: Cloud, Security, Web Security, Cloud Application Control, Email security

CensorNet and the statutory duty on radicalisation

Posted by: Ed Macnair  /  19 December 2016 11:05:11 GMT

The Department for Education’s statutory guidelines (“Keeping Children Safe in Education”) are now in force. For the first time the guidelines include the subject of the legal obligations on the school arising under the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015. On this subject the statutory guidelines are explicit:

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Topics: Security, Compliance, Public Sector

Behaving Badly

Posted by: Ed Macnair  /  19 December 2016 11:01:57 GMT

As any law-enforcement advisor will tell you, criminals succeed mainly because they understand the human psyche. Knowing how to manipulate somebody into leaving a backdoor open is still the ultimate weapon in any criminal’s arsenal.

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Here phishy, phishy

Posted by: Ed Macnair  /  19 December 2016 10:58:04 GMT

The thing about well known phishing scams is they’ve essentially become industry-comedy punch lines which also puts them in danger of being diluted as a meaningful and growing threat.

If you even so much as mention to a colleague the Nigerian Prince offering you many many monies to leave the country, you will instantly engage in a series of one-upmanship debates on who’s received the most spurious spam.

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Topics: Security, Phishing

Two’s company but it’s no longer enough

Posted by: Ed Macnair  /  19 December 2016 09:56:02 GMT

 

Cyber Security is now well and truly on the map. Politicians wax lyrical about how they’re fighting it, entire supplements of every major Sunday newspaper are dedicated to it and in general, the world is that little bit more savvy, I’m delighted to say.  
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Topics: Security, User Authentication

CensorNet shortlisted for two Computing Security Awards

Posted by: Ed Macnair  /  19 December 2016 08:47:12 GMT

We’re delighted to say that we’ve been named a finalist in two categories at this year’s Computing Security Awards! The awards recognize the best security solutions, companies, resellers and individuals in the industry – and we’re in the running for Cloud Security Solution of the Year and SME Security Solution of the Year.

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Topics: Cloud, Security, Awards

A CIO and an Entrepreneur walk into a bar…

Posted by: Ed Macnair  /  19 December 2016 08:37:22 GMT

One arbitrary Google search of ‘Shadow IT’ will instantly present a buffet of opinion; not to mention some of the most spurious marketing images in the history of the internet.

That’s the trouble with the tech sector, a genuine issue arises and before you can say the words ‘Please. Just. Stop’; everyone (and I mean everyone) has a ‘solution’ and a ‘marketing strapline’ for it. You only have to look at how many times BYOD was rinsed and repeated over the last decade to know where I’m coming from.

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Topics: Cloud, Security, Cloud Application Control, CASB

‘The frankly unstoppable rise of Cloud Application Control’

Posted by: Ed Macnair  /  21 April 2016 15:05:59 BST

Once upon a time, not so long ago, we sought only to protect the Internet and Cloud Applications were simply the unruly, unknown beast that were yet to be tamed or understood. Times however have undoubtedly changed and as a consequence traditional security as we knew it, has been unceremoniously exposed to lack the flexibility demanded by the market it seeks to serve.

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Topics: Authentication in the Cloud, Cloud, Security

“Catch us if you can” – What CensorNet’s acquisition of SMS PASSCODE really means

Posted by: Ed Macnair  /  04 April 2016 14:36:41 BST

If we’ve done our job well and the PR wheels are spinning as they should, then you’ve probably seen the recent press release detailing CensorNet’s acquisition of SMS PASSCODE. To say that I’m feeling a little bit pleased about it, would be the textbook definition of a gross understatement.

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Topics: Authentication in the Cloud, Cloud, Multi-factor Authentication, Security, SMS PASSCODE, CensorNet

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