Acumin’s Cyber/IT/Information Security Year in Review – 2015: Q2

April – “No I insist, please just take it” In the month that acts surmounting to cyberwar unfolded, one airline went out of its way to make hackers’ jobs a lot easier. This time RyanAir wasn’t making the headlines for some new hare-brained schemes to charge for basic human rights on-board its planes (toilets, seatbelts, […]

Acumin’s Cyber/IT/Information Security Year in Review – 2015: Q1

If 2014 was the year cyber security broke in to the mainstream, then 2015 has been a classic case of the ‘difficult second album’. The sad fact is for all that’s been achieved, we still live in a world where people unwittingly but very willingly broadcast their date of birth, and mother’s maiden/first pet/childhood street […]

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 […]

Quiz Our Panel of Experts at April's Infosecurity Europe RANT Forum Special

There’s a different venue and a new look to this month’s RANT Forum, as the premier talking-shop for Britain’s cyber-security and information-assurance professionals follows the rest of the industry over to west London for the Infosecurity Europe event. In partnership with co-hosts for the night, Trend Micro, RANT founders Acumin are temporarily relocating the lively […]

How to Lose Customers the eBay Way

And so, another domino falls. This week it was eBay’s turn to announce it had been the victim of a massive data breach. As befits such a revelation from what is, at present, the 23rd-most-visited website in the world, the news has been accorded headline status across the globe. And, as was the case with […]

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 […]

Password Managers: Handing over the keys to the kingdom?

Over the last several months, the password vault/manager has been on the rise; this statement is based on nothing other than the increased frequency with which they have appeared on my radar as I go about my daily business. That said it’s probably true, and some of my preferred security commentators and tech media purveyors […]