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BCS ITNow 201409 - What's Going On


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Gareth Niblett, Chairman of the BCS Information Security Specialist Group, says there will always be errors - it’s how you deal with them.

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BCS ITNow 201409 - What's Going On

  1. 1. Security and privacy have been in the media a lot recently, be it exposés of national intelligence agencies intruding on privacy and undermining security, vulnerabilities in critical software, compromises of companies that we trusted with our data, or emerging technologies that may bring new risks. Panopticon Although not all communications activity around the globe can be monitored at all times, certain nation states still capture wholesale communications data without probable cause, to trawl and analyse, as well as undermine encryption and other legitimate technologies that may provide security and privacy. Bugs on the loose Vulnerabilities may exist in software for years before being publicly discovered. Be it Heartbleed, OpenSSL or a new vulnerability that causes the proverbial sky to fall, flaws are unavoidable; although we may try our best to engineer out, test or mitigate them. A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. Data exposed Data breaches rarely exploit unknown, or 0-day, vulnerabilities. Companies need to remain vigilant, ensuring systems are configured and codes correctly tested and patched regularly. eBay suffered one of the largest data losses this year and, worldwide, the average number of records exposed per incident is on the rise. INFORMATION SECURITY Internet of things From fridges that can connect to the internet, to light bulbs with Wi-Fi, the internet of things (IoT) offers us the dream, or nightmare, of our homes, bodies and places of work being always connected, measured and responsive. BCS has established an IoT Community of Expertise to look at IoT implications. Gareth Niblett,Chairman of the BCS Information Security Specialist Group, says there will always be errors - it’s how you deal with them. Information Security Specialist Group (ISSG): Information Risk Management and Assurance Specialist Group: BCS Security Community of Expertise (SCoE): FURTHER INFORMATION WHAT’S doi:10.1093/itnow/bwu071©2014TheBritishComputerSocietyImage:iStock/493204407 28 ITNOW September 2014 GOING ON? Whereisyourcareergoing? Map it out with our free personal development plan BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, First Floor Block D North Star House North Star Avenue Swindon SN2 1FA T +44 (0) 1793 417 424 Online enquiries © The British Computer Society (Registered charity no. 292786) 2014 If you require this document in accessible format please call +44 (0) 1793 417 600