Heartbleed: What Have We Learned?

Here at the Acumin Blog we always try to tread carefully. We realise this means we’re not like a lot of other blogs, and it also means we won’t be your first port of call for breaking infosec news (though we trust you’re keeping a close eye on the news feed over at the main […]

Why Google and Starbucks Still Have a Lot to Learn about Information Security

While two data points are just a coincidence, three could well be a trend: so I’ll be watching the news in coming days for a third household-name company playing fast and loosewith its customers’ personal information. In the past few days, both Google and Starbucks have been found to be pursuing policies regarding data breaches […]

A Double Dose of Debate at May's RANT Forum

You lucky, lucky people. Not only is RANT gearing up for its second annual day-long conference in a couple of weeks (details here – and sign up soon, it’s nearly full), but this month’s regular RANT Forum offers a double helping of information-security plain-talking, as two experienced and respected professionals tackle a different hot-button topic. […]

Ostrich Security: Peter Jopling Offers Jousting Tips at the RANT Forum

Sometimes it feels like you’re on a hiding to nothing when you’re an information-security professional. You were hired to protect your business’s most critical digital assets – source code to proprietary software; confidential details of planned deals or mergers; customer billing information; and so on – and you’ve designed the system you feel is required. […]

Is Your Company Below the Cyber Poverty Line? Find Out at This Month's RANT Forum

  As if being an information-security specialist wasn’t difficult enough with just the actual job of securing your employer’s systems to worry about, there’s another problem many in the field are facing. Let’s think of it as a kind of internal and external form of public relations, where the infosec professional is forced, sometimes, to […]

So How Was It for You? Reliving RANTCon via Twitter

It was “emotional, controversial, and highly entertaining,” declared RANT Events founder Simon Hember at the close of yesterday’s second annual RANT Conference. And while he would say good things about his own event, the genuine delight that infused his valedictory address was very clearly genuine. Translating the chat-over-a-pint atmosphere of the long-running RANT Forum format […]

Cyber security is in an era of ‘prominent activity’

When one of the most senior figures in British security remarks that cyber security is a global threat, you know he isn’t beating about the bushes – he’s informed, he knows, and he’s happy to spread the bad news. Jonathan Evans, director general of MI5, the British intelligence agency that works to protect the UK’s […]