Hackers target biochemical systems at Oxford Uni Covid lab

03 March 2021

Hackers breached the biomedical systems of an Oxford University laboratory doing vital research into Covid, it has confirmed.

The Division of Structural Biology, known as Strubi, had been hit by a cyber attack but stressed that its clinical studies had not been compromised. GCHQ's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has been alerted and will assist with an investigation. However, Strubi is not behind the successful Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine - created by the university's Jenner Institute.

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LDC invests in network performance and security specialist, Phoenix Datacom

01 March 2021

Mid-market private equity investor LDC has backed the management buyout of data and network security specialist Phoenix Datacom.

The partnership with LDC will support the existing management team – led by managing director, John Carson - to expand Phoenix Datacom’s suite of hardware and software products and related services to help its enterprise customers further enhance their cyber-security. LDC’s backing will also help the team to explore complementary acquisitions.

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Efficient WFH streamlined through data management as the next frontier

01 March 2021

Organisations opt to manage their data for many reasons, but a common goal is to turn data into insights and action. As the primary competitive advantage, data management should deliver an increase in the understanding of the forces shaping markets and businesses. This knowledge will help companies outsmart and out deliver competitors.

From an operational point of view, data management reduces costs and increases operational efficiency and revenue. Effective data management also helps to improve operational efficiency by reducing errors while it ensuring trusted data is available to support business decision making. Data management, as a result, enables employees to report faster, plan better, make informed decisions, and deliver data-rich experiences to customers.

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How to conduct a cyber risk assessment: five steps to success

22 February 2021

Cyber security risk assessments sit at the heart of any effective cyber security strategy. They are key to understanding, managing, prioritising and mitigating cyber risks within your organisation.

2020 was the year that everything changed. A shift to remote working led many organisations to evolve their systems, and as their cyber security postures lagged behind, hackers were quick to exploit any weaknesses they could. Where many saw a crisis in the Covid-19 pandemic, hackers saw an opportunity. Cyber-attacks increased at the beginning of the first UK lockdown in March last year, and the cybercriminal fraternity claimed a number of high-profile victims. In 2021 we are still operating in a hostile digital landscape. All organisations need to take steps to understand, manage, prioritise and mitigate the risks they face, and in order to do that they need to carry out risk assessments. But what actually is a risk assessment?

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