Cyber Security Practitioner

Volume: 3 Issue: 1
(January 2017)


The UK’s Department for Culture, Media & Sport (‘DCMS’) released on 21 December 2016 its Cyber Security Regulation and Incentives Review (‘the Review’), which looked into whether there is a need for additional regulation or incentives to boost cyber risk management in the UK. The Review comes to the conclusion that for now the Government will not seek to pursue further general cyber security regulation beyond the General Data Protection Regulation (‘GDPR’) and that the detailed scope and security requirements for the implementation of the Network and Information Security Directive (‘NIS Directive’) will be set out by the Government in 2017. / read more

The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (‘ENISA’) published on 13 January 2017 a study on the cyber security and resilience of smart cars (‘Study’); the Study’s aim was to identify risks to smart cars’ security and good practices for ensuring safety. ENISA lists good practices across key three areas: security functions, organisational measures, and policy and standards. / read more


2017 is the year that we’ve got to get real about the risks of the upcoming legislative changes for security. / read more

Encryption and state attempts to circumvent it have been the subject of much debate and the topic has increasingly been in the news in recent times. In December 2016, the European Agency for Network and Information Security (‘ENISA’) released an Opinion Paper on the matter entitled ‘Strong Encryption Safeguards our Digital Identity,’ (‘the Opinion’). Antonis Patrikios and Liam Corrigan of Fieldfisher discuss the Opinion in detail, considering the implications and conclusions drawn by ENISA and how it fits in to the wider encryption debate. / read more

On 20 January 2017, with the inauguration of its 45th President, the United States of America transitions the executive powers of the federal government from President Barrack Obama to Donald J. Trump. Allison J. Bender, Senior Associate at Hogan Lovells, considers the impact the new President could have on the uncertain cyber security landscape in the US. / read more

On 8 December 2016, a cyber attack was made against Akbank, one of Turkey’s largest banks, and supposedly two other Turkish banks. Akbank released a statement confirming the attack to their IT systems, that it related to the SWIFT system, and stating that they had responded to the attack immediately and taken the necessary precautions. The bank also set forth that the maximum amount of risk faced by the bank is USD $4 million which is covered by its insurance policy. The names of the two other banks which are said to have been attacked are not known and no statement has been released by any other Turkish bank on the issue. In this article, Ozan Karaduman, Managing Associate at Gün + Partners, explains the means of attack against Akbank and the possible legal consequences. / read more

The end of 2016 was a busy time for the Russian cyber security landscape as the Russian Government developed new policies to address cyber security issues. Brian Zimbler and Anastasia Dergacheva of Morgan Lewis consider the cyber security issues, which are deserving of careful attention at a time when information security matters have provoked international controversy. / read more

Has cyber insecurity reached a level where drastic government intervention is needed? When data breaches are growing in number and size, hackers are meddling with democratic elections, and individuals are increasingly targeted by sophisticated criminals, shouldn’t governments be doing more to safeguard cyberspace? Dave Clemente, Senior Manager in the Cyber Risk Research team at Deloitte UK and member of the Cyber Security Practitioner Editorial Board, answers these questions, discussing the issue of market failure and why it might not be as frequent as it first seems. / read more

We asked members of the Cyber Security Practitioner Editorial Board and other regular contributors for their predictions on what 2017 might hold in the continually developing landscape of cyber security. Providing their predictions are Hans Allnutt, Partner at DAC Beachcroft LLP, Charles McFarland, Senior Researcher at Intel Security and Dave Clemente, Senior Manager in Deloitte UK’s cyber risk team. / read more

In July 2015, Ashley Madison, a website (‘Site’) with the trademarked tagline ‘Life is short. Have an affair,’ confirmed that it had been hacked. The confirmation followed reports that data, including both the personal information of Ashley Madison subscribers and internal company communications, had been posted online by hackers. The self-styled Impact Team hackers took credit for the hack and subsequent postings. Daniel C. Nelson, Partner at Armstrong Teasdale LLP and a Certified Ethical Hacker, evaluates the action taken and the settlements that were reached without admission of liability from Ashley Madison. / 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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