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Welcome to the Cyber Security Review website.

The growth of the internet has impacted profoundly on everyday life and the global economy. It has evolved into a global, interconnected network of systems and information – cyberspace – that we know today, transforming the conduct of business and opening new markets.

Threats to cyber security are persistent and constantly evolving. With an ever-growing number of cyber attacks on critical infrastructure, online commerce and the private sector worldwide, security experts are finding that their work has become a race against the attackers.

The Cyber Security Review is a publication designed to draw on the combined knowledge, skills and expertise of the cyber security community to identify the emerging threats and facilitate the development of coherent policies and robust capabilities.

Our mission is to promote dialogue and provide a platform for information exchange and cooperation between stakeholders, industry, academia and security experts worldwide.

Latest news 

  • Europol director calls on ‘all sectors’ to take cyber security threat seriously

    May 14, 2017

    The malware attack that paralysed parts of the NHS shows that “all sectors” should take cyber security “absolutely seriously”, the director of Europol has said, Speaking on ITV’s Peston on Sunday, Rob Wainwright warned the healthcare sector “in many countries” was particularly vulnerable, but that all organisations should ensure they prioritised cyber security and updated their ...

  • Europol Warns WannaCry Spread to Go Up on Monday

    May 14, 2017

    Europol is spreading bad news today as it announced that a new wave of WannaCry ransomware infections, even worse than the first, is coming on Monday. The European law enforcement agency estimates that so far there are some 200,000 victims of WannaCry and the number keeps growing. Furthermore, the number of affected countries has grown from ...

  • The government slashed NHS IT security contract despite warnings it would leave systems vulnerable to cyberattack

    May 13, 2017

    The UK government were repeatedly warned that NHS IT isystems were running on outdated operating systems that were vulnerable to attack, yet failed to ensure they were protected. Freedom of Information requests last sumer revealed that trusts across the country were still using Windows XP, despite a government contract with Microsoft to update protections for the system having ...

  • Donald Trump signs executive order on cybersecurity

    May 13, 2017

    President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to increase the White House’s role in the nation’s cybersecurity. The order assigns responsibility for protecting federal networks and critical infrastructure to the executive branch of government. The executive order declares that the heads of executive departments and agencies are to be held accountable for managing the cybersecurity risk ...

  • NSA Admits They’re Reviewing Government Use of Kaspersky Software

    May 13, 2017

    Kaspersky Lab is stuck in the middle of a rather nasty fight between Washington and Moscow as the Russian-based anti-virus provider is being investigated by the US intelligence agencies. Following news that US officials were more and more concerned about how Russian spies could use Kaspersky’s software to spy on Americans and sabotage US systems, the ...

  • Europol News Article on Wannacry Ransomware: recent cyber-attack

    May 13, 2017

    The European Cybercrime Centre, EC3, at Europol is working closely with affected countries cybercrime units and key industry partners to mitigate the threat and assist victims. The recent attack is at an unprecedented level and will require a complex international investigation to identify the culprits. The Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce (JCAT), at EC3 is a ...

  • UK hospital meltdown after ransomware worm uses NSA vulnerability to raid IT

    May 12, 2017

    UK hospitals have effectively shut down and are turning away non-emergency patients after ransomware ransacked its networks. Some 16 NHS organizations across Blighty – including several hospital trusts such as NHS Mid-Essex CCG and East and North Hertfordshire – have had their files scrambled by a variant of the WannaCrypt, aka WanaCrypt aka Wcry, nasty. Users ...

  • Taiwan government to block Google’s public DNS in favor of HiNet’s

    May 11, 2017

    The Taiwanese government intends to block Google’s public DNS service, citing cybersecurity concerns. The question is whether those concerns are the government’s or its citizens’, with the government pushing its own DNS service – a setup that is typically used to spy on people’s internet communications. The announcement comes, somewhat unusually, in the form of a PDF ...

  • Cyber security: an ‘indigestion problem’ in healthcare industry

    May 11, 2017

    In August 2011, Marc Andreessen famously wrote an essay in The Wall Street Journal, “Why Software is Eating the World”. It talked about the growing significance of software in business across a wide swathe of industries. Fast forward to the present day in 2017 and we can safely say that the process of eating is ...

  • Cisco Finally Patches 0-Day Exploit Disclosed In Wikileaks-CIA Leak

    May 10, 2017

    Cisco Systems has finally released an update for its IOS and IOS XE software to address a critical vulnerability, disclosed nearly two months back in the CIA Vault 7 leak, that affects more than 300 of its switch models. The company identified the vulnerability in its product while analyzing “Vault 7” dump — thousands of documents ...

  • Cyber Security Will Generate £60m In Salaries In Northern Ireland

    May 9, 2017

    Cyber security looks to be a strong career choice in Northern Ireland, as the sector is on course to generate £60 million in salaries per annum. That’s according to Queen’s University’s Professor Sir John McCanny, who highlighted that the growth of cyber security companies and the positive economic impact they bring it top of the agenda of ...

  • FBI: Whaling now a US$ 5 billion business as execs targeted

    May 9, 2017

    The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has reported the continuing explosion of Business Email Compromise (BEC) attacks as the practice becomes a US$ 5 billion (£3.86 billion) business. Between October 2013 and 2016 the total international reported loss from such scams is US$ 5,302,890,449 (£4,100 million), with US bodies taking up nearly US$ 1.6 billion ...