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  • 07 Oct 2018 11:09 PM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    Website related cyber-attacks remain in the top three categories of the most commonly reported breaches, which include fraudulent emails or being directed to fraudulent websites, impersonating an organisation in emails or online and viruses, spyware or malware. In helping Law Society members to understand more about cybersecurity, this whitepaper examines the potential vulnerabilities of websites; the types of hack, signs that a site has been hacked and their impact. It also suggests practical ways in which to reduce the likelihood of, and to mitigate, attacks.

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  • 06 Aug 2018 9:08 AM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    The threat from fraud is ever changing. Fraud the Facts 2018 shows the extent and nature of the challenge faced – and one which the finance industry is committed to tackling. Fraud is an issue that affects the whole of society, and one which everyone must come together to tackle. The fact is financial services industry can’t stop all fraud on its own. We all need to work together across the public and private sector, because as a combined force we can stamp out fraud and the criminals behind it.

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  • 23 Jul 2018 5:32 PM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    The purpose of this report is to help law firms understand current cyber security threats and the extent to which the legal sector is being targeted. It also offers practical guidance on how they can protect their practice. The cyber threat applies to law firms of all sizes and practice, from sole practitioners, high street and mid-size firms, in-house legal departments up to international corporate firms. There are several factors that make law firms an attractive target for cyber-attack – they hold sensitive client information, handle significant funds and are a key enabler in commercial and business transactions.

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  • 09 Jul 2018 6:17 PM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    Fraud, in the widest sense of ‘deception for gain’ is as old as human society. Nor is there anything new and unexpected about the way new technologies empower the fraudster along with the rest of us. It happened with money and the earliest financial products, then the telegraph, the railway and the telephone, all long before the internet dismantled our fraud defences. So why are we still so bad at seeing fraud coming and trying to design it out of our great innovations? That is the question at the heart of this special report. It’s not an easy question to answer but it is time for all of us – in business, politics and wider society – to ask it with the utmost seriousness.

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  • 20 Jun 2018 1:55 PM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    Cifas has joined with Forensic Pathways to give insight to whether data compromise is due to online behaviour on the surface web, or whether it is an amalgamation of what criminals have collated and sold via the dark web. This research also provides insight as to what personal information is available on the Internet, and we explore some of the methods used to obtain it. With identity fraud levels at an all-time high, the need to look at how criminals gain access to personal data is essential in trying to develop successful preventative measures.

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  • 20 Jun 2018 12:39 PM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    The Cyber Security Breaches Survey is a quantitative and qualitative survey of UK businesses and, for the first time in this 2018 release, charities. The quantitative survey was carried out in winter 2017 and the qualitative survey in early 2018. It helps these organisations to understand the nature and significance of the cyber security threats they face, and what others are doing to stay secure. It also supports the Government to shape future policy in this area.


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  • 11 Jun 2018 1:41 PM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    Explore the actions taken by privacy regulators around the world for infringements of privacy laws during 2017. The fourth annual Privacy and Security Enforcement Tracker reviews the key regulatory enforcement cases in the UK and provide a synopsis of key privacy issues and trends for 34 other countries. The UK report contains details of every enforcement imposed by the ICO during 2017 (whist the Data Protection Act 1998 was still in force). There were 91 enforcements in total.

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  • 04 Jun 2018 10:58 AM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    Attacks on business email have evolved. Have your defences? Criminals are increasingly exploiting both human and technological weaknesses to defraud companies through their email systems. Effective defence against these attacks requires a sophisticated approach. Proofpoint's Stopping Email Fraud ebook outlines the security tools companies need to protect against imposters, phishers and non-malware threats.

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  • 30 Apr 2018 9:13 AM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    Changing regulation, increased enforcement and the adoption of new technologies are changing the risk landscapes that organizations must face. The survey respondents see fraud and corruption among the greatest risks to their business and the results show there remains a significant level of unethical conduct. The survey found that although there were some improvements in certain countries, fraud and corruption have not declined globally in the last two years. Although fraud and corruption remain more prevalent in emerging markets a significant minority of respondents reported widespread corruption in developed markets.


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  • 22 Apr 2018 11:27 PM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    While lower levels of fraudulent conduct must be seen as positive, it should not distract from the concerning increases that were seen in some areas. Most notably, the unremitting rise of identity fraud continued, hitting a high of 174,523 cases in 2017. In 95% of these cases it involved the impersonation of an innocent victim. Another worrying trend was that, despite the decreases in misuse of facility fraud overall, misuse of bank accounts increased (up 13%), with many of these cases involving young people using their bank accounts to launder criminal funds, essentially becoming ‘money mules’.


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