Kevin Whelan - Chief Research Officer

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Name and Number

The Third Geneva Convention is relative to prisoners of war; we have all seen the films. Unsurprisingly modified in 1949, it defines humanitarian protections for prisoners. According to the convention, a prisoner must give the following: surname, first names and rank, date of birth, and army, regimental, personal or serial number. The convention precludes the use … Read more

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Return To Sender

It is looking more and more likely that a significant proportion of the workforce may be returning to some kind of office (at least in the UK) soon.

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School’s out before summer

It’s not all about making zee monies (whilst providing excellent customer service, value and security outcome, obvs) at Tiberium HQ. As it happens, ‘What’s that coming over the hill’ was written and performed by ‘The Automatic’ who are from Cardiff, so in their case, what might be coming over the hill is something to be … Read more

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Let Me In

Let Me In This week, Facebook announced the extension of support for ‘physical security keys’, previously only supported on desktops, to Android and iOS devices We have been reading about the rise and rise of hardware tokens for years, ever since they took a back seat in the enterprise in favour of software tokens (a … Read more

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Send Me a Letter

In last week’s blog, we talked about the bad news for those running in-house Exchange servers being exploited by an unpatched (aka Zero Day) Remote Code Execution issue, initial being exploited by nation-state type hackers. Exploitations of un-patched shizzle grow very much like bacteria on agar jelly. See this terrifying video to understand the similarities. … Read more

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Look Out

This week it is bad news for people running in-house, Internet facing Exchange servers, which are being actively exploited by nation-state actors to facilitate the theft of intellectual property and other data from seemingly specific verticals, including infectious disease researchers, higher education institutions, defence contractors, policy

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I’ll be watching you

The 1983 song ‘Every Breath You Take’, written by Gordon Sumner, known professionally as Sting, so-called because he used to wear a black jumper with yellow stripes, is up there on our list of creepy tracks. It joins Tiffany’s ‘I Think We’re Alone Now‘ (a cover of Tommy James & The Shondells song) and everything … Read more

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The Swords of a Thousand Men

…and women, possibly children too, if you believe the papers. Even if you had spent the last 2 months trekking across the Mongolian Steppe avoiding what is left of the Horde you will surely have heard about the sublime breach of Government departments, large software companies, and possibly some big Internationals via a supply chain

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Damned Details

We all know about patch Tuesday, the regular and often dreaded patches from Microsoft and other large vendors. Many of these patches are automagically deployed without testing, certainly in smaller organisations, and in the case of the recent SolarWinds snafu, large enterprises, large software companies, and critical government departments.

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