Cyber Security Practitioner

Volume: 1 Issue: 8
(November 2015)


The UK Home Secretary, Theresa May, presented, on 4 November, the draft Investigatory Powers Bill (‘IPB’) to Parliament for discussion, together with a number of factsheets, operational case studies and impact assessments. / read more

The UK’s Department of Culture, Media and Sport Committee (‘DCMS’) launched an inquiry on 3 November into cyber security following the TalkTalk cyber attack. / read more

Swiss secure email provider ProtonMail made public via its blog on 5 November its difficulties with criminal group Armada Collective, who threatened ProtonMail with distributed denial of service (‘DDoS’) attacks unless a Bitcoin ransom was paid. Despite paying, ProtonMail was later targeted with a significant DDoS attack. / read more


November has been an exceptional month for security technologies. A Belgian court of first instance held that Facebook’s use of the Datr cookie breached its country’s privacy laws. In doing so it rejected Facebook’s argument that the cookie was necessary for cyber security purposes, putting Facebook at peril of daily fines of €250,000 for continuing use. If press reports are correct, the case is under appeal, potentially setting a course towards the EU Court of Justice in a year or so time (and we know what has been happening there - see the ‘Right to be Forgotten,’ the Data Retention Directive and the Safe Harbor cases). / read more

Financial services organisations in the UK face pressure on more than one front when it comes to cyber security readiness - the Bank of England and regulators are looking for them to establish processes in anticipation of cyber threats, for example, while recently Standard & Poor’s explained that it would downgrade the credit ratings of banks who do not have satisfactory cyber security systems in place. Mike Pullen, Partner at Stephenson Harwood LLP, takes a look at the developing landscape for financial services in relation to cyber security and at how cyber security testing may be becoming effectively mandatory. / read more

The US Senate passed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (‘CISA’) on 27 October; the bill remains highly controversial because of the many unanswered privacy-related questions. Dr Jane LeClair, Chief Operating Officer at the National Cybersecurity Institute at Excelsior College, discusses the ambiguities within the Act that are still a cause for concern. / read more

The potential for blockchain systems to provide a drop-in replacement for trust could be key to the future of cyber security. Tim Watson, Professor of Cyber Security and Director of the Cyber Security Centre at WMG, Warwick University, and Paul Lewis, Chief Technology Officer at Crossword Cybersecurity, a technology commercialisation company focused exclusively on the cyber security sector, dissect the blockchain’s potential to revolutionise security and discuss the as yet unresolved issues. / read more

With a ransom demand and concerns about a link to terrorism, it was inevitable that the hack into TalkTalk’s customer details would generate significant media attention. Initial reports focused on the sources and consequences of the cyber attack, with the personal information of up to 4 million customers at risk. But as details emerged, the focus switched to TalkTalk’s responsibility for protecting customer data and its handling of the crisis. Coverage since then has not been favourable, and TalkTalk now faces a Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee Inquiry. Jennifer Agate and Alicia Mendonca of Farrer & Co, discuss the lessons we should all learn from the TalkTalk breach on how to manage a cyber security crisis and the impact of such a response on a company’s reputation. / read more

The South African government recently published the draft Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill for public consultation, which aims to put in place measures to effectively deal with cyber crime and address cyber security issues. Lucien Pierce, Partner at Phukubje Pierce Masithela Attorneys, discusses the details of the draft bill and the legal landscape for cyber security in South Africa. / read more

About Cyber Security Practitioner:

Cyber Security Practitioner, the most recently launched monthly publication from Cecile Park Media, provides a multi-disciplinary view on the cyber security challenges facing global businesses and delivers insight into operational change. It covers cyber security regulation, data breach, data security, cyber risk, cyber crime, ethical hacking, privacy and data protection, cyber infrastructure, technical solutions, risk management, information assurance, security standards, liability, consumer protection, ransomware and other cyber threats, cyber insurance... /read more

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