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UK businesses are at risk of sleepwalking into a reputational time bomb due a lack of awareness on how to protect their data assets, according to research released today by BSI, the business standards company. As cyber hackers become more complex and sophisticated in their methods, UK organizations are being urged to strengthen their security systems to protect both themselves and consumers.

Cyber security specialist Templar Executives has become one of the first organisations to gain accreditation under the newly-launched CESG Certified Training (CCT) scheme.

The scheme, officially launched last week by CESG, the Information Assurance arm of GCHQ, and managed by APM Group, has been designed to assure high quality cyber security training courses delivered by training providers. One of the key objectives of the programme is to enhance the professionalism of those working in the cyber security industry.

Last year, Black Friday took on a new meaning for many Americans when Target point-of-sale systems nationwide were compromised resulting in the theft of more than 40 million payment card numbers. Throughout 2014, companies including Neiman Marcus, Home Depot, PF Chang’s, Goodwill Industries, Supervalu Supermarkets, JP Morgan Chase, Sally Beauty Supply, and K-Mart also announced they had been breached. This frequency and scale have us all thinking “Who’s next?” As a result, you may be wondering, “What can I do to protect myself this holiday season?”

“We couldn’t agree more with the recent comments made by Georgina Barnard, TP Crime Reduction & Partnerships for the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on the importance of sharing business data to help create a unified, collaborative approach to fight business crime across the country.

The final UK service personnel have left Kandahar Airfield in southern Afghanistan after completing the most challenging military redeployment operation for a generation.

LONDON (UK): Zscaler, the Internet security company, today introduced the Fall 2014 release of the Zscaler Internet security and compliance platform. Available now, Zscaler Fall 2014 includes breakthrough new capabilities for Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) protection, guest Wi-Fi security, global administration, policy management and reporting and instant assessment of security risks.

Organisations embracing cloud-based security management systems will see major benefits but must adapt quickly to ensure they do not open themselves up to evolving risks - this was the clear message that came from the Association of Security Consultants (ASC) winter Business Group meeting (18 November) at the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry.