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Closing the cybersecurity skills gap

When most people thinking of cybersecurity and cybercrime the first thing they might think of is antivirus software or even anti-malware software. Yet how many of the students who collected their GCSEs or A Levels in the summer will know what a CISO is? A cryptographer? A threat hunter? A malware analyst? A penetration tester? The…


When most people thinking of cybersecurity and cybercrime the first thing they might think of is antivirus software or even anti-malware software. Yet how many of the students who collected their GCSEs or A Levels in the summer will know what a CISO is? A cryptographer? A threat hunter? A malware analyst? A penetration tester? 

The latter may elicit giggles, but all of these absolutely essential job roles in IT security are likely to be met with blank faces by the vast majority of students starting to think about their future career.

Despite the UK’s cybersecurity sector being worth over $5 billion and widely regarded as the largest in Europe, it suffers from a real (and growing) scarcity of talent. More than half of all businesses and charities are facing a basic technical cybersecurity skills gap, falling to 18% in the public sector. 

We hear so much about how the younger generation are inseparable from their devices and can master new technologies and apps far faster than their older peers. At the same time, we also hear about (or experience) the damage of data breaches and hacks to personal accounts, companies, and national infrastructure.

In this current digital-first climate, why then are we not seeing more young people pursue careers in IT security? This is even more puzzling when we consider the rising cost of a university education and growing scrutiny of the value of degrees. To put it in perspective: the average annual salary for jobs in cybersecurity is £72,500, a good deal more than the average grad salary of £23,000. It’s not only our young people who are potentially missing out – but the UK economy too.

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James Lyne is the CTO at the SANS Institute.

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IT and OT need a shared language of IIoT

Internet security is a key concern of business, and this goes beyond malware and antivirus software protection. IT and production Operational Technology (OT) teams are aware of the cybersecurity obstacles to overcome in order to achieve successful Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) implementations. Yet, each department addresses those threats with different priorities and requirements. For IT…


Internet security is a key concern of business, and this goes beyond malware and antivirus software protection. IT and production Operational Technology (OT) teams are aware of the cybersecurity obstacles to overcome in order to achieve successful Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) implementations. Yet, each department addresses those threats with different priorities and requirements. 

For IT teams, endpoint security software management demands consistent attention to detail as teams work towards ensuring safe and secure data access for authorised network users. Obversely, constrained by the need to maintain a steady production line, OT teams are wedded to a mentality that dictates ‘if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it’. One example of this dichotomy is seen in the coal industry where ‘quick fixes’ to sensors, machinery and control systems just do not exist and can grind the whole system to a halt, hampering vital production.  

maintenance management software. Here, the challenge comes in helping the two teams to understand each other’s operatio

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Ransomware tests local governments

Ransomware is a big business for criminals and painfully expensive for companies. More and more cities and local governments around the world have become a hot target, with hackers shutting down government services, hospitals, blue light services, schools and universities. These types of attacks have been notable in the United States and in the last 10…


Ransomware is a big business for criminals and painfully expensive for companies. More and more cities and local governments around the world have become a hot target, with hackers shutting down government services, hospitals, blue light services, schools and universities. 

These types of attacks have been notable in the United States and in the last 10 months alone 140 local governments, police stations and hospitals have been held hostage by ransomware attacks, despite having antivirus software and other basic protections in place. 

malware incidents, and as we venture into 2020 the trend will undoubtedly continue as hackers exploit common vulnerabilities of regional and local governments and education authorities with limited budgets

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The smart tech threat to CEOs

Keeping a business secure means more than just the CEO having antivirus software installed on their PC, and endpoint security software in the business MDM solution to protect their phone. Here Mike Lloyd describes the need for board-level awareness training in cybersecurity.The cybersecurity industry talks a lot about the importance of “board-level buy-in” for projects…


Keeping a business secure means more than just the CEO havingantivirus softwareinstalled on their PC, andendpoint security softwarein the businessMDM solutionto protect their phone. Here Mike Lloyd describes the need for board-level awareness training in cybersecurity.

The cybersecurity industry talks a lot about the importance of “board-level buy-in” for projects and a security-by-design culture led from the “top down”. What does that actually mean? It means CEOs and senior managers who “get” security: leaders who know that security done right can be a competitive differentiator and growth driver, not a block on innovation. 

cybersecurity training, and are ultimately exposing their businesses to risk. UK IT pros are often designing cyber-plans for their senior exects, but it’s more often than not that it’s probably not being followed.

It’s hard enough for regular employees to keep up-to-date with the latest security advice let alone time-poor, high pressure execs. However, it is these individuals that are the most likely to be the biggest targets for hackers looking to hijack their accounts to launch convincing Business Email Compromise (BEC) att

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Bitdefender’s Black Friday deals are already here to sort out your antivirus for less

Move over tech devices, it’s cybersecurity’s turn to shine this Black Friday and Cyber Monday. With its latest deal Bitdefender just proved that the best Black Friday deals aren’t just for laptops and phones.The antivirus giant just launched a super Black Friday deal on three of its antivirus products – meaning you’re looking at getting…


Move over tech devices, it’s cybersecurity’s turn to shine this Black Friday and Cyber Monday. With its latest deal Bitdefender just proved that the best Black Friday deals aren’t just for laptops and phones.

The antivirus giant just launched a super Black Friday deal on three of its antivirus products – meaning you’re looking at getting up to 64% off your online security needs.

Click here to get this Black Friday Bitdefender bargain straight away.

Bitdefender sits at the very top of our antivirus charts. Not only is it very reliable and accurate in malware detection, but its products also have stacks of features to use and ensure you are secure online.

So if you’re looking to protect your tech, Bitdefender’s offer on its three main consumer antivirus plans could be ideal for you. And even though they areexactlythe same offers as last Black Friday, they still aren’t to be sniffed at considering the high quality software that Bitdefender boasts.

If you need more information about each product just keep reading. Below we have detailed the offers and features they have and we’ve got links so you can read reviews on each product.

  • Claim Bitdefender’s Black Friday offer in the US and rest of the world
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