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John E Dunn


John is one of the co-founders of Techworld, following a spell working for Tornado Insider, the European magazine for tech start-ups. He started in IT journalism as technical editor of Personal Computer Magazine, before progressing to become editor of Network World (formerly LAN Magazine) and Network Week before helping to set up Techworld Insider. He has also freelanced for a number of technical publications in the technology, science and business fields.

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Ofcom fended off 1,600 cyberattacks in two months, FoI request reveals

The UK Office of Communications (Ofcom) fended off over 1,600 cyberattacks in only two months, a Freedom of Information request by software security firm Veracode has revealed. read more »

The 9 essential rules for securing an Android smartphone

Smartphone and tablet users are constantly implored to secure their devices with PINs and other security settings but most rarely venture beyond a simple screen lock. This isn’t enough for reasons that will become clear. If a thief gets hold of a lost or stolen device or tablet there are numerous ways of re-using the handset, accessing any data it contains and even hijacking the account to make expensive calls. read more »

Data breaches in UK healthcare sector double since 2013, ICO numbers show

Data breaches severe enough to be reported to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) have surged since 2013, with sectors such as healthcare reporting a doubling of incidents, a Freedom of Information (FoI) request by encryption firm Egress Software Technologies has discovered. read more »

Cyber security is one of six new industries of the future, says IET report

Cyber security is one of six ‘hot’ new industries the UK will excel at as long as it makes the necessary investment in its education and engineering base, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has argued in a new report. read more »

UK security sector warned over risk of selling to oppressive regimes

For the first time ever, Government-backed guidance has warned the UK security sector to check in advance of selling products to foreign customers whether they will be used to carry out surveillance or infringe human rights. read more »

Cheap Android tablets riddled with security flaws, test finds

Cheap clone Android tablets of the sort that crowd the shelves of many bricks-and-mortar US stores are often riddled with dangerous but hidden security flaws, a test by Bluebox Security has found. read more »

Police arrest 16 people for alleged Remote Access Trojan hacking

Police in several European countries including the UK have arrested sixteen people in connection with the use of Remote Access Trojans (RATs) to steal financial data or use webcams for surveillance, the National Crime Agency (NCA) has reported. read more »

Water firm SESW opens tap on ForeScout NAC security upgrade

Sutton and East Surrey Water (SESW) has started using ForeScout’s CounterACT network access control (NAC) monitoring system to boost the firm’s security automation and asset discovery across its 500-user network. read more »

NHS suffered six data breaches every day since 2011, study finds

The NHS has suffered more than 7,000 data breaches in the last three years, a rising volume of incidents that will only be tackled when prison sentences are handed down for serious offences, a study by campaign group Big Brother Watch (BBW) has argued. read more »

Samsung's Knox to be tightly integrated with BlackBerry's BES12

Under-pressure BlackBerry is fighting back, announcing a tie-up with Samsung that will bring the firm’s BlackBerry Enterprise Service 12 (BES 12) security to Android handsets running the South Korean vendor’s Knox containerisation system. read more »

IT staff not up to speed on EU Data Protection Regulation

Up to a half of IT European staff admit they’re not ready for the EU’s ground-breaking General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and more than that number aren’t even sure what the term ‘GDPR’ stands for, a survey of European professionals by network management firm Ipswitch has suggested. read more »

Government wants UK firms to manage risk with cyber-insurance

The Government wants to boost the uptake of cyber-insurance as a way of improving how UK organisations manage security risk, Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude has said at a summit hosted with CEOs from the industry. read more »

ICO issues warning over SQL injection flaws as travel firm fined £7,500

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has warned organisations to wise up on SQL injection flaws after fining a travel firm for a serious data breach caused by the issue. read more »

Home working is still data security disaster in the making, says Imation

After a decade trying, many organisations seem no nearer solving the problem of allowing staff to work at home without breaking basic data security, a survey by Imation has found. Many workers are still using their own PCs for home work and move files between the two environments in an insecure state. read more »

Malware attacks forcing UK organisations to change security policies

Unpredictable security threats such as the CryptoLocker malware and Heartbleed bug have become a growing neurosis for UK organisations, forcing many some to re-write their security policies in the last year, according to Databarracks’ annual Data Health Check. read more »

Alert Logic opens Security Operations Centre as Welsh tech hub gains wings

US SaaS vendor Alert Logic has become the latest firm to open a security services facility in South Wales to anchor the firm’s monitoring for customers across the continent. Does that means this part of the UK is becoming a new tech hub? read more »

European suffered 229 public data breaches since 2004, study suggests

US organisations now suffer so many data breaches it has become a full time job simply documenting them. But what has been going on in Europe? read more »

CGI consolidates UK cybersecurity monitoring into two new centres

IT services firm CGI (formerly Logica) is consolidating its UK cyber-security threat monitoring into two centres in Wales and Reading to offer customers a more comprehensive suite of real-time alerts and forensic investigation. read more »

Public sector should be careful with BYOD, says new CESG guidance

The UK government's Communications-Electronics Security Group(CESG) has issued tough new guidance on how the public sector should approach the thorny issue of BYOD for its workforce. read more »

FBI opens malware tool to public as part of radical crowdsourcing plan

The FBI is close to allowing anonymous outsiders to use its Malware Investigator tool for the first time through a dedicated crowdsourcing portal, an official reportedly said at last week's Virus Bulletin conference. read more »

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