Tuesday, April 25, 2006

The Changing Threat from the Web

Blogging from the InfoSec Show at Olympia this morning. My apologies if you had problems on the site yesterday, so did I. Blogger, owned by Google, appears to be having database difficulties and there's been a certain amount of frustrating interruption over the last week.

Here at Infosec the packed show is testament to the sheer size of the security problem facing us all from the internet. The headline from the PWC /DTI survey released a few minutes ago is that small businesses are now suffering with security breaches up by 50% in the last year and the overall cost to UK PLC being in the order of £10 billion.

Please, please be very careful when you share your personal and financial information over the Web. I don't wish to alarm readers but the the criminals are becoming ever smarter, their tools more sophisticated and identity theft and fraud are soaring. Make sure then that your PC is as protected against risk as it possibly can be and monitor kids and teenagers on the system because they are the ones that are most easily lured to bogus websites with nasty payloads behind them.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I agree wholeheartedly with the tenor of your post. I am puzzled, however as to why Personal Water Craft owners have carried out this survey. Cmmercial jargon can sometimes be confusing!!

James Maskell said...

I thought PWC was Private Water Closet...a special handshake is required at that place, though its best to wash your hands first!

Anonymous said...

I think my pc is safe as I keep it in a locked room.

New PC User said...

So what does PWC stand for? On a more serious note, I accessed a wierd site the other week which I had not expected and closed it off. Since then I can only gain access to web by knocking out a Norton Personal Firewall; a full security sweep carried out did not find anything. Have I been nobbled by someone in some way?

James Maskell said...

Price Waterhouse Coopers. A major international accounting and consulting firm...according to their website. We couldnt help the little jokes at what we wished it meant...us juveniles!

Landlooker said...

I had my credit card duplicated via the internet and some rather good meals paid for on it. Also the purchase of some gold jewellery.

Anonymous said...

I know I'm a couple of days late posting this, but on the same day as your blog entry, there was an article based on the same survey by the BBC of improvements in British SMEs dealing with security threats.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4939386.stm