Cyber Security

Computer security, also known as cybersecurity or IT security, is the protection of computer systems from the theft or damage to the hardware, software or the information on them, as well as from disruption or misdirection of the services they provide.

It includes controlling physical access to the hardware, as well as protecting against harm that may come via network access, data and code injection, and due to malpractice by operators, whether intentional, accidental, or due to them being tricked into deviating from secure procedures.

The field is of growing importance due to the increasing reliance on computer systems and the Internet in most societies, wireless networks such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi – and the growth of "smart" devices, including smartphones, televisions and tiny devices as part of the Internet of Things.

Cybersecurity breaches have been on the increase in the past couple years and there is no sign of it slowing down as we move deeper into the information age. Nearly half of all UK businesses have reported cybersecurity breaches in the last 12 months.  But what is cybersecurity?

Phograph of laptop etc in cahins accompanying the Company COnnecting article What You Should Be Looking For When You Need Help With Cyber Security

Company Connecting has published a number of articles and videos on Cyber Security which reflect the many different facets of security today.

Our infographic provides a summary of the type of information we hold at Company Connecting. The infographic compares IT companies providing Cyber Security products and services with all the IT & telecoms companies in Scotland.

100 top skills cloud for Cyber Security accompanying the article 2018 Infographic on Cyber Security Companies compared to Scottish IT Companies

It's been almost two years since we last published information on Cyber Security Companies. Our last article looked at al the companies with Cyber Security skills on the Company Connecting database. This time we have focused on the 270 Scottish companies with Cyber Security skills. We have almost 4,500 tech companies on our database of which 2,700+ are in Scotland. So about 10% of the Scottish tech companies have some cyber security skills.

Image of a key fob unlocking a laptop accompanying the article Scottish Cyber Security Infographic 2018

Company Connecting is researching companies in the North East of England, and companies in the area have registered and updated their Company Connecting profiles.

The North East of England is one of the 9 official regions of England and covers Northumberland, County Durham, Tyne and Wear and part of North Yorkshire. We have used the DH, DL, NE, SR and TS post codes to identify the companies to include from our database in this infographic. So far, we have information on 182 IT and telecom companies in the NE of England. We expect this number to increase substantially.

Word Cloud of the towns and cities int he NE of England with IT and telecoms companies. Accompanying the article IT and Telecoms companies infographic: North East England

Company Connecting has details of 4,400 IT and telecoms companies, 2,700 of which are in Scotland. The remainder are spread across the UK, with pockets in Cambridgeshire and the North East of England. We also have companies in other countries – the main hotspot is Estonia.

Map of the UK accompanying the article and infographic"Map of the UK IT and Telecoms companies on the Company Connecting "

In the third in our series from security experts, Anthony McMenzie of Forfusion provides practical advice on Wi-Fi  Security.

Earlier this week we learnt that the security protocol used to protect the vast majority of Wi-Fi connections had been broken, potentially exposing wireless internet traffic to malicious eavesdroppers and attacks.

 

Picture of a lit fuse accompanying the article by Forfusion "Wi-Fi Security – How to protect your "

10 points to consider when thinking about your company’s IT Security

"The human element is the most common vector for an attacker, an educated or trained end-user is an asset to any organisation when he or she takes proactive steps to alert security personnel." (Hummel.R, 2017)

Lewis Stewart continues the Forfusion series with a pragmatic look at...

Company Connecting was recently lucky enough to speak to David Evans of Cyber Agress, who've helped many organisations through Cyber Essentials.

Cyber Essentials Part 2: Interview with Cyber Aggress

CC's first Scotland-specific Cyber Security Infographic. Company Connecting data has previously published Infographics on this topic over a much larger geographical area, and interestingly the results are quite different.

The words @Cyber Security' in a picture accompanying accompany Connecting's first Scotland-specific Cyber Security Infographic

Cyber Essentials Part 1: The experience of Managed IT Experts with Cyber Aggress

Part 1 of 2 articles looking at the Cyber Essentials scheme helping businesses get secure.