It was honest of Sarah Thornton to suggest that the traditional approach of sending a police officer to the scene of every crime, after the event, may need to become a thing of the past.

Cyber

As Chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council and former Chief Constable of Thames Valley she speaks from experience and should not be dismissed just because what she has to say doesn’t go down well with the chattering classes. She recognised that the steep growth in cyber-crime is going to force the police to reallocate limited resources to fight it. Different priorities will need to be made and policing will need to revolutionise the training of cyber-skills. This certainly provoked a negative reaction from the media.

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Earlier this year some enterprising blaggers hit upon an excellent scheme. One bright spark noticed that there was a postal service concession in their local supermarket. Nothing terribly unusual about that right? Of late, postal companies have eschewed dedicated retail outlets in favour of lower-footprint concessions in larger stores. The problem (for the supermarket, at least) was that, not only did they sell groceries and pub-price-busting booze, but also envelopes and Blu-ray discs, games and all manner of other things.

I bet you can see where this is going, right? Well, just in case you can’t, I will take you through the whole scenario.

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By Clive Room

The controversy surrounding the Ashley Madison website rolls on. For those who have just emerged from a catatonic state, last week, hacktivists called The Impact Group gained access to the client list of a dating website specifically directed at people who want to cheat on their partners. They possess the unique strap line: Life is Short. Have an Affair. The hackers subsequently published several samples of the 37 million customer details they claim to have stolen via the web host Github. So far, Avid Life Media Inc., who own Ashley Madison, have had these lists taken down using the powers of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Presumably not before others have copied them.

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Risk

Portcullis is proud to announce our part in a new cyber insurance service with a unique cyber risk helpline. The offering was launched on Tuesday by Markel Insurance in response to increasing awareness within the insurance space of cyber threats and data security issues. This cyber risk cover is a new addition to their existing products.

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The Crown Commercial Service has awarded Portcullis a place on G-Cloud 6.

G-Cloud is the digital marketplace designed to be a key plank of Her Majesty’s Government’s (HMG) strategy to help departments find the services and technology they need to deliver digital projects in the public sector.

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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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RedIntel 2015

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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