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The New Cyber Security Ecosystem

When one compares cyber security today to what it was ten years ago, the two are almost unidentifiable as the same industry . The iPhone had only just launched; Facebook was still in it s infancy; the Internet of Things (IoT) was still a dream . The routes a hacker could use to access a system were limited, and because of this, cyber security was built around walls . One was encouraged to block attacks with firewalls and other perimeter security that could be plugged into existing systems . There was no wider strategy, with little thought given to what would happen if those walls were breached . This created a very segmented landscape, made up of a multitude of different products, all with varying capabilities and from different suppliers. Today s landscape is utterly different .

The routes into a system are so numerous they are impossible to police effectively, with the IoT making this problem greater by the day. Yet this same technology that is causing a headache for cyber security professionals is the exact same technology that can help drive a business forward . Consider the transformational potential of IoT . Data between previously distant departments or operations can now be collected, shared and used automatically, dramatically improving the efficiency with which those two business areas work. The consequences for cyber security, however, are serious .

Access across a large multinational corporations systems can be gained through one chink in the armour of one small department . Recent hacks have shown this time and again . The hack against Target, one of the biggest ever and responsible for the loss of details of 110 million customers, stemmed from a phishing attack on a contractor1 . USB sticks infected with malware are an ever-present threat; once plugged in, hackers quickly spread throughout an organisations system and begin to do serious damage . This has been proven to chilling effect in the health sector,where patient monitors have even been accessed2. To counter this, the cyber industry must work to develop a security protocol a standard that can operate effectively across all different elements of modern, large-scale computer systems; a system of systems . Such a protocol will allow for the effective identification and quantification of any security and privacy issues in any part of a business IT systems .

Other industries have used similar models of ever-presenting testing and evaluation to ensure their services are as rigorous as can be . Engineering, constantly evolving since the industrial revolution, is built upon testing . From product design through to end-of-life decommissioning, the industry constantly tests the performance and capabilities of its devices. A system of systems will allow cyber security to the same . All parts of the IT supply chain, from the service provider to the OEM; the management consultancy to the market researcher; all will be able to scrutinise their business operations from a cyber security stand point, and all to the same high level of quality.

This will align with and be underpinned by the National Cyber Security Strategy, supported by the NCSC . It aims to create an ecosystem of innovative and thriving cyber security by bringing together the best minds from government, academia and the private sector to deliver this system of systems, solving the issues presented by a divergent and complex online world . It will be the beginning of a new era of cyber security protection, based not on unrealistic goals but on our ability as a nation to mitigate and minimise risk through collaboration .

It will give the UK and its population assurances that its data and systems are safe and the base from which a successful digital economy can flourish.


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Government confirms 13 million in security funding

The Government has confirmed more than 13m of funding to boost security at Jewish schools next year, as the CST s chairman warned that instability in America and Europe will have a negative impact on Jewish communities.

The renewed funding towards the cost security guards at Jewish schools for 2017-18 follows similar commitments from David Cameron and Theresa May during the last two CST dinners.

The funding will be overseen by the charity, which last night welcomed around 1,000 guests including Amber Rudd, new Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick and a host of political leaders to its flagship fundraiser in central London.

We will continue to listen to the funding needs of the community going forward . But however friendly ad professional security guards are, I m sure you would prefer to go to your local synagogue or drop your child at school without being greeted by one and this is the future we are all working towards.

She spoke of the government s work to challenge extremism from Islamist to the far right including the recent ban on National Action . And she spoke of work social media companies to speed up the removal of illegal content and demote hateful material in online searches .

It can t be right that when you type Gena Turgel s name into search engines, instead of her story of surviving the Holocaust, you can bring up Holocaust denial sites.

Praising the CST and its army of volunteers, Rudd said the bomb threat that forced the evacuation of London s Jewish Museum this week was a reminder of the importance of the charity s work.

She added: We are doing what we can to confine anti-Semitism to the history books . Our efforts have been internationally recognised . In front of an audience that included Tom Watson, Tim Farron and Angus Roberston, she also praised Sir Eric Pickles remarkable which led to Britain becoming the first country to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of anti-Semitism.

CST Chief Executive David Delew thanked the Government for their strong efforts to help combat terrorism and antisemitism, epitomised by the continued funding for security guards at Jewish schools, but also shown in a range of other measures, including the adoption and promotion of the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism .

Addressing the gathering, CST chair Gerald Ronson said he expected more anti-Semitism, more division within society in future and warned that global instability won t be good for the Jewish community.

Look at how fragile Europe is; and suddenly nobody knows what America stands for any more, he said . People are moving to the extremes . They face globalised problems, which they want simple solutions to . I don t need explanations of fancy modern phrases such as populism or false news or post truth , because I know the danger they point to.

Rightly or wrongly, people are angry . They don t only feel left behind, they feel betrayed . And they need someone to blame . None of this is going to be good for Jews.

Ronson detailed the extent of the CST s recent work including setting up a nationwide control centre covering 220 sites and providing bullet proof vests to every shul.

Insisting that fighting anti-Semitism must never be a party political issue, he said: I know that, despite it all, we still have many friends in the Labour Party and they know what is at stake every bit as much as we do .

We have many good Muslim friends here this evening, but I just wish we had many more .

The more Muslim friends we have, the better off both communities will be.

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for West Mercia Police Mr …

barrieYoung Solutions is delighted that Barrie Sheldon, West Mercia Police Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner has agreed to be the keynote speaker at its first Annual General Meeting. Barrie has been in his current role since 2012, having a background as a police officer working for Staffordshire police. Barrie shows a commitment and interest in work with young people, supporting various projects around Worcestershire.

The Annual General Meeting will be held at West Mercia Police headquarters at Hindlip Hall on Wednesday 30th September.

It will start with refreshments at 6.30pm. with the meeting commencing at 7pm.

We aim to make the AGM an enjoyable social event as well as dealing with the official business. The AGM will be a mix of formal and informal, there will be contributions from our members, keynote presentations and news about Young Solutions plans for the forthcoming year.

Young Solutions AGM is open to all its members and it offers a great opportunity to hear about developments and to meet other members.

The official business includes receiving the accounts and annual report as well as receiving any nominations for the board of trustees.

If you are interested in becoming a trustee of Young Solutions, but would like to discuss what is involved please do not hesitate to call Phil Street on 07540 031 953.

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