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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.

References

  1. ^ stemmed from a phishing attack on a contractor (www.theinquirer.net)
  2. ^ where patient monitors have even been accessed (securityevaluators.com)

Are these Gloucester’s nicest men ?

Security guard and car park worker rewarded

Lady Sara Bathurst, the High Sheriff of Gloucestershire, has publicly rewarded a council car park attendant and a security guard for being so ‘helpful and welcoming’ to her when she makes official visits to Gloucester. She has presented Richard Whalley and Richard Dando with her High Sheriff’s Awards for Service to the Community – giving them both framed certificates and tankards. Both had made her year as High Sheriff easier and more pleasant, she said at a ceremony hosted by the Recorder of Gloucester Crown Court, Judge Jamie Tabor QC this week.

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She told Mr Dando, the principal security guard at Gloucester Crown Court: “You always have a smile when you welcome people in and you are always incredibly polite. “As High Sheriffs we are in the fortunate position of being able to people we feel have contributed not only to our year of office but also to our lives in general . We are able to give a High Sheriff’s reward for service to the community .

“I would like to acknowledge these two gentlemen for the enormous amount they do for us all here . It is really appreciated.” Pensioner knocked over by frightened wild boar which ‘loomed before him’ in the dark
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He is one of the council’s best known employees, outdoors all day as the public face of the authority while he mans the Shire Hall car parks in all weathers.

Mr Dando, of Churchdown, a former soldier, has been a dedicated fundraiser for the Royal British Legion for many years and sells hundreds of Remembrance poppies each November.


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References

  1. ^ ‘You lack the intelligence gene’ – bizarre aggressive note greets dog walkers at city park (www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk)
  2. ^ Pensioner knocked over by frightened wild boar which ‘loomed before him’ in the dark (www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk)
  3. ^ Gloucester MP launches Emily’s Code with help from parents of tragic city schoolgirl (www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk)

Hi-tech security system sent picture of burglar to holidaying family as he broke into their home

A burglar who raided a Cotswolds farmhouse and stole more than 10,000 worth of jewellery has walked free from court today despite the devastating impact the offence has had on the owners. Ian Richards, 40, who was caught because his face was clearly visible on the owner’s home CCTV, had been held in custody since his arrest at the end of January. But today a judge at Gloucester Crown Court freed him with a two- year jail sentence suspended for two years. Recorder Peter Towler imposed a three months home curfew on Richards from 8pm to 6.30am each night and ordered him to undergo a 30 day rehabilitation activity programme

Richards, of Kingscote Road, Hucclecote, admitted burgling the home at Temple Guiting, on January 27 this year. Prosecutor Nick O’Brien said that the family who lived there were away for a few days at the time of the raid but the house was well covered by CCTV and an alarm system. In the early hours of the morning, at about 3.30am, the homeowner was asleep in a hotel when her alarm system sent an alert to her mobile phone . However she did not look at it until the morning when she saw a picture of two burglars outside her front door.


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One showed Richards clearly but the other man had his face covered and has not been identified. “The two people were seen ringing the doorbell, walking away and later coming back again,” Mr O’Brien said. “They then broke in and must have been in the house for some time because the police automatic number plate recognition system shows their car going to the property at 2.25am and not leaving until 4.40am.

“When the lady got back she found that throughout the house drawers had been searched and left open . Three iPads were stolen and 200 cash was taken from a purse in the kitchen . Bank cards and three phones were stolen.

“A great deal of jewellery valued at 10,000 at least was also taken . Nothing has been recovered. “As a result of the defendant’s face being seen on CCTV he was stopped in a car a day or so later and arrested . He was wearing the jacket seen in the CCTV image. “But he told the police he couldn’t remember anything of the offence because he had been given ‘Spice’ – the once legal high – and was told later that he had done the burglary . The prosecution rejects that explanation.”

The court heard that Richards had six previous convictions for domestic burglary although all but one of them was back in the 1990s. Hi-tech Security System Sent Picture Of Burglar To Holidaying Family As He Broke Into Their Home In a victim impact statement the homeowner said: “I no longer feel safe in my own home . I constantly worry about the burglars coming back to steal the other items they missed. “We have several children and we used to leave doors open but now we have to lock them all . My partner and I have changed our sleeping positions in bed so he can be closer to the door in case of burglary again.

“What particularly upsets me is that two of the stolen rings were given to me by my grandmother and they have lots of sentimental value to me.” She said she no longer feels able to stay in the house and will be moving out with her family in May. “My partner is still struggling to sleep at night,” she said. “Both of us are struggling to deal with the emotions this has caused.”

Joe Maloney, for Richards, said he still maintained he had been given a ‘substance’ which caused him to get involved in the burglary when he had no need to do so, He was working at that time and his bank records showed he had 400 in his account on the day of the raid, he said. Passing sentence Recorder Towler said: “You told the police when you were arrested that you had no recollection of the night in question after the point at which you had smoked a cigarette at a pub which you were later told contained the drug Spice.


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“However, the CCTV footage clearly shows you and at least one other person outside the house and it is clear the burglary lasted some time, more than an hour.

“Some of what you stole was of great sentimental value . Not only has Ms Butcher lost those items of value to her but she has come to the conclusion she can no longer bear to live in that house and they are planning to move. “That kind of impact is an aggravating feature in a case of this kind . It is category one in the sentencing guidelines with a starting point of 3 years custody and a range of 2-6 years. “I have read through your lengthy criminal record and note that you have six previous convicitions for domestic burglary . Only one of those is since 1999 when the automatic minimum sentence came into force.

“You also have a large number of 17 non domestic burglaries and other offences on your record, some of them serious. “You have been to prison on a number of occasions . At the time of this offence you were subject to a community order made by Gloucester Magistrate in August last year for using threatening behaviour . Your progress on that order was reported as being good. “You said to your probation officer that you were never going to go back to prison again. “I have seen a number of letters – from your employer and your bank statement which shows you were in work and had money in the bank and no need to commit this offence.

“I have seen letters from your mother and also from your 13 year old son.

“The efforts you have made in the last year or so justify me taking a course I would not otherwise have taken .

You have been able to re-establish a relationship with your son and indeed with his mother and everything was going in the right direction until stupidly you got in with the wrong people and succumbed to their persuasion and committed this offence.”

References

  1. ^ House in suburban Gloucester at centre of police probe into forced prostitution and slavery (www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk)
  2. ^ How ‘you’re short’ jibe led to cup of McDonald’s coke being thrown at couple who beat victim (www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk)