In its 7th year, the Counter Terror Expo, is now one of the leading international events delivering buyers and specifiers from Government, Law Enforcement, Critical National Infrastructure, Military and many more. Counter Terror Expo holds a highly respected centerpiece conference among many must see exhibition floor conferences. This year Portcullis are delighted to not only hold one,but two talks during the days events.

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Portcullis Computer Security hosted a special briefing at The House of Commons on Friday 20th March. Together with members of the banking, finance and corporate community, Portcullis held the briefing in The Members’ Dining Room to highlight the CBEST/CREST STAR (CSTAR) testing frameworks launched in 2014. Now well underway, these initiatives encourage organisations in the UK to reinforce their defences against cyber attack.

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Image1Portcullis has been conducting paid research for a number of years and we have performed studies across all aspects of our industry, often with interesting and thought provoking results. The motivations behind our passion for research stem from a number of areas: our long standing commitment to making contributions to the hacking community, as a whole, in the form of technical blogs and tools, our own curiosity as to how far we can push the limits of our industry and the desire to answer the technical questions that we encounter through the daily activities of ourselves and our clients.

 

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Portcullis Computer Security will return to the House of Commons to address the CBEST framework and answer questions from top financial organisations. Portcullis is keen to discuss CREST STAR and its applications to wider industries, along with the key benefits it provides to Red Teaming exercises. The focus of CBEST and CREST STAR is directed towards intelligence led testing; ensuring that testing within the financial industries replicates real life scenarios and enables organisations to thoroughly prepare for the evolving threat landscape they face today.

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We would like to thank Abertay University, Abertay Ethical Hacking Society and the organisers of the Securi-Tay IV InfoSec conference, for the opportunity to sponsor the Securi-Tay IV after party.

On Friday February 28th, Portcullis travelled up to Dundee to attend the fourth annual Securi-Tay InfoSec conference. As followers of our @portcullislabs twitter account will already know, we had a fantastic time and thoroughly enjoyed watching the thought-provoking talks given by industry leading experts; including Dr Jessica Barker and our own Graham Sutherland and Freaky Clown. After the conference, we all headed to the after party at Bar One sponsored by Portcullis and enjoyed the free bar and food. The team had some wonderful opportunities to talk to students throughout the night; including members of the Ethical Hacking Society at Abertay University (@AbertayHackers) and Digital Forensics Women (@DF_Women).

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A note to friends, from Marketing Manager Clive Room

For Infosec 2015 so much has changed. After years of being at Earls Court, the show’s going back to Olympia. Having always been in April, it’s now moving to June and after more than a decade of The Portcullis Arms, we are closed for refurbishment, at least for this year.

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Portcullis has become the most established cyber security consultancy to gain the new Government Cyber Essentials certification.

The Portcullis board identified certification as important for them as a leading provider of security services; demonstrating how they adopt the same attitude to information security that they encourage in their clients. This gives them further confidence in Portcullis ability to conduct business securely. It is a key principle of the company that they practice what they preach. The Cyber Essentials scheme is not designed to be the ultimate in cyber security but it is a very useful benchmark for companies to adopt.

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On Friday 30th January 2015 the White Hat Ball celebrates its 10th anniversary.

For those not aware of its origins, the Ball began on the current chairman’s birthday in January 2005 when Marcus Alldrick, CISO at Lloyd’s of London, asked the assembled      company at his birthday dinner how the Information Security industry could do more for charity. SC Awards had recently dropped the charity raffle from their annual bun fight,    and thereafter Marcus set up a steering committee of likeminded colleagues, soon after which The White Hat Ball was born.

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cybersecurityA few weeks ago we heard the breaking news that the United States Central Command twitter account had been hacked by ISIS , the week ended with David Cameron and Barack Obama joining forces to put Cyber Security centre stage as a global issue.

The Twitter and YouTube channels of the US Military Central Command were suspended after they were taken over by hackers affiliated to ISIS. The group calling itself Cyber Caliphate hijacked the Centcom twitter account and sent out the message “AMERICAN SOLDIERS, WE ARE COMING, WATCH YOUR BACK.” They then tweeted out what they claimed were U.S. military PowerPoints and personal data on retired Army personnel. All this happened at the same time as President Obama was making a speech about the importance of American businesses protecting their networks from cyber attack and data theft!

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