INFOSEC

Let’s start this week with a wee bit more on that Home Depot breach: it’s now confirmed that fraudulent transactions are happening because of it. Everyone agrees ‘a data breaches are bad’, but here we see a reminder of the real costs to the consumer. The writing was on the wall for this one: 7-year-old anti-virus, ignorant management and security staff begging their friends to use cash not cards... yikes.

Continuing the post-Heartbleed trend of all big bad bugs having their own snappy name, the so-called Shell Shock is a Bash bug to watch. And by watch, I mean patch very bloody quickly.

Guess how much cybercrime is worth? Well there are various estimates on the internet, but it could be as much as $400billion (that’s still around 250 billion quid). Want to know where the hotspots are? Take a look here.

GOV

Some news with a Governmental flavour now: Vince is throwing £4million at SMEs to help fight cybercrime. Great right? Well apparently it’s not enough. UK.GOV was also bragging to the Beeb about its swanky new ‘Verify’ service that, whilst impressive, also tried a credit check and didn’t seem to work. Still, they’re steps in the right direction.

HARDWARE & DEVICES

There are many prophetic looks-to-the-future on these here internets, and I dare say you’ll see some on our blog soon enough, but Dell have some interesting thoughts on what a server will look like in 2020. On the other side of the equation, here’s a nice couple of pieces on BYOD and how everyone’s sacrificing security for productivity.