Security, Data and Privacy Article Archive

  • Andy Kinnear explains why digitisation of the health and social care system is absolutely critical to the future of the NHS and why he’s passionate about establishing professional standards for informatics.
  • The Enigma Machine’s success, flaws and its failings all hold lessons for users of modern, encryption reliant tools like WhatsApp. Ian Darlington investigates ciphering’s past and its future.
  • Peter Wenham MBCS, Director of information assurance consultancy Trusted Management and committee member of the BCS Security Forum strategic panel, examines ransomware and discusses how individuals and organisations can keep themselves safe(r).
  • The internet of things promises amazing possibilities. It also threatens chaos if security isn't taken seriously. Thomas McGrath considers how we can ensure we stay safe and still enjoy the new technology’s benefits.
  • Martyn Thomas CBE FREng looks at current vulnerabilities in our systems and compares cybercrime to a disease - what can be done at the project level?
  • Fake news, high profile hacks and suggestions that foreign powers influenced recent US elections. Chris Pallett FBCS, Managing Director of Bespoke Computing, wonders where the internet is heading next.
  • Sam De Silva FBCS provides an overview of some practical guidance, from a legal perspective, concerning responding to cyber-attacks.
  • Once your files are encrypted, and the ransomware demand has been received, there are three choices: re-install your complete system from scratch, restore from a recent backup, or pay-up.
  • We are promised new digital and technological advances - many now underway - to improve the way we work and live and that with these new innovations we will become a greener, more responsible society. However, as with any kind of advancement there is a price to pay.
  • Stuart Clarke, Information Technology Security Officer, Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Police, confirms that dealing with the insider threat is a tricky business, one that involves a number of technical measures.