Welcome To The UK Cyber Security Website

Best DDoS Protection Services

More and more UK online businesses are subject to DDoS attacks from cyber criminals who are motivated by profit to take a business offline. Most DDoS attacks are carried out by cyber criminals however a growing number of attacks are also carried out by state-sponsored government agencies including China or Russia who are attacking the UK’s digital infrastructure every day. We are no longer just talking about some hackers in hoodies we are talking about cyber warfare which could have some very serious consequences on our daily lives. What is a DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) Attack? A distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack is an attack in which multiple compromised computer systems attack a target, such as a server, website or another network resource, and cause a denial of service for users of the targeted resource. The flood of incoming connection requests or malformed...

How Secure Is Your Password

Almost every online service we use requires a password. Whether its online banking, email, or booking an Uber taxi all these services require you to enter a password. A secure password is crucial in today’s online world. It’s important to ensure all the information we share online is safe and secure from cybercriminals. The best way we can keep our data safe and secure is by using different and strong passwords for each online service we use. Many of the online services we use put security protections in place to ensure we are using strong passwords however the biggest threat to security is not the IT systems or services we use but humans. A lot of people create a strong password which they can remember and use across all the services they access however cybercriminals know this and understand that once they have cracked one of your passwords they will get access to most if not all your...

Social Engineering Attacks

When people hear about cyber attacks in the media they think (DDoS) denial of service or ransomware attacks but one form of attack which does not get much media attention are social engineering attacks which involves manipulating humans not computers to obtain valuable information. You can program computers but you can not program humans. A human is the weakest link in a companies cybersecurity defence, therefore, hackers target humans to obtain and access information which is known as social engineering. What Is Social Engineering Social engineering, in the context of information security, is the psychological manipulation of people into performing actions or divulging confidential information. This differs from social engineering within the social sciences, which does not concern the divulging of confidential information. A type of confidence trick for the purpose of information...

Should You Pay The Ransom For The Ransomware

You turn on your computer to find a message from a cybercriminal who has installed a virus, ransomware on your computer.  The message says all your data has been encrypted and if you don’t pay you will lose all the data or even worse you will lose access to your data and it will also be sold on the dark net to the highest bidder. Ransomware Stats Ransomware cost businesses more than $8 billion in 2018/2019 The average cost of a ransomware attack on businesses is $133,000 The estimated losses in 2019 for the healthcare industry are $25 billion The global spending on cybersecurity is over $14 billion Ransomware is behind 56% of malware attacks 95% of ransomware profits went through the cryptocurrency trading platform BTC-e Should you pay the cybercriminals the ransom fee and get your data back ? The truth is even if you do pay the fee who’s to say you will get your data back. We are...

Cyber Security Terminology

We have put together a glossary of cyber security terms which you may find useful. Advanced Persistent Threat A cyber attack that uses sophisticated techniques to conduct cyber espionage or other malicious activity on an ongoing basis against targets such as governments and companies. Typically conducted by an adversary with sophisticated levels of expertise and significant resources – frequently associated with nation-state players. Antivirus Antivirus software is used to monitor a computer or network, to detect cyber security threats ranging from malicious code to malware. As well as alerting you to the presence of a threat, antivirus programs may also remove or neutralise malicious code. Attack signature A characteristic or distinctive pattern that can help link one attack to another, identifying possible actors and solutions. Attacker The agent behind the threat: a malicious actor...

Which Countries Do Cyber Attacks Come From

The motivation for cyber-attacks can be split into several different categories.  We wanted to give some context before diving into where the hackers come from as this will help you understand the motivation behind the attacks which are also aligned with hackers County of origin. State-sponsored Attacks State-sponsored attacks State-sponsored attacks are carried out on behalf of a government for a specific county. This can be classed as cyber warfare where attacks are carried out on a large scale by highly skilled hackers typically from China and Russia Commercial Attacks Hackers who carry out commercial attacks are motivated by profit whereby the hacker or group of hackers are hired to obtain information from a business or to take the business offline. Hacktivists politically motivated hackers attack for a political cause and normally deface a high-profile website to make a statement...

Small Business Cyber Security Tips

People assume only large companies are subject to cyber attacks, data breaches or held to ransom by criminals however the reality is small businesses are more exposed to cyber attacks than the larger to medium-sized businesses. Hackers see small businesses as easy targets due to the fact they don’t have the resources, skills or knowledge to prepare or prevent an attack. The purpose of this article is to outline some practical ways to protect your business from cybercriminals whose sole purpose is to exploit vulnerable people and business to generate profit. Backups A good working backup will save your business and help you get back online. By implementing a tried and tested backup solution which allows you to easily recover your data is essential for every business. Operating system & Software Updates When you get notifications advising you that your software is out of date...