What the Sands Hack Can Tell Us about Persistent Infosec Threats

We tend to think of cyberspace as a domain where speed is of the essence. Data can be sent round the world in an instant, and response times to digital attacks need to be measured in milliseconds if they are to stand any chance of affording significant protection against the threat. In the wider information […]

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 […]

How Can Infosec Attract Women? Find Out at the RANT Forum

It won’t have escaped the attention of anyone who’s been along to previous RANT Forum events that the attendance is predominantly male. This isn’t much of a surprise, given that the majority of information security professionals are men. But why is this? And, given the way information technology pervades all aspects of society and is […]

Moneysupermaket, GCHQ, and Our Perplexing Attitude to Privacy

GCHQ’s homepage, today. The reason for mentioning the UK’s signals-intelligence agency may not be immediately clear, but bear with me… The announcement last week of annual financial results for a price-comparison website might not appear to have anything to do with signals-intelligence or national security. But a plan unveiled to accompany Moneysupermarket.com’s 2013 results – […]

What are the biggest challenges when sourcing information security professionals?

During each RANT forum and conference information security professionals gather together to talk about some of the most pressing issues in the industry. One of the topics that often gets brought up is recruitment and how organisations in both the public and private sector go about bringing in the most talented individuals. During the latest […]

Acumin's InfoSec Salary Index: Download it here, and find out how to interpret the figures

Every year, Acumin collates information gleaned from placements they’ve made across the information-security sector, and publishes the results as their Salary Index. The key takeaway from the latest of their surveys is that, for the right people, salaries continue to rise. The reasons are several, but hardly complicated: this is an industry where the demand […]

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 […]

The big snooping debate

After announcing that it is considering introducing a new bill that will give the GCHQ unprecedented powers to monitor people’s emails, texts, social media content, phone calls and web browsing history – in real time – the government has had to defend itself from a barrage of condemnation. Critics of the proposed legislation, which may […]