The CSRI’s business guide to urgent cyber security issues and how to secure yourself in the information age

One of the UK’s leading cyber security experts Professor Andrew Jones, author of Global Information Warfare: The new digital battlefield,’ has developed a number of simple and easy to understand articles on computer security for the CSRI. 

Professor Jones

In a series of pieces, Professor Jones deals with a number of cyber security issues including GDPR, passwords, raising staff security awareness, computer viruses and how to bullet proof your data by encrypting it.

In the collection of articles first written for the police to provide as guides to business, Professor Jones, who has held posts at Glamorgan, Edith Cowan, Hertfordshire and Suffolk universities, sets out a guide to the security issues technology raises and what businesses need to do to make themselves cyber secure.

London MEP Moraes

And the key, as Professor Jones points out is GDPR, a piece of legislation navigated through the EU by Claude Moraes, the London MEP, and chair of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs committee of the European Parliament. It simply says that your data is yours, and if you decide to share it then it can only be used for the purposes that you have given permission for it to be used for. It also says that companies holding your data, have to look after it properly and that if they do not they will be subject to heavy fines.

The series starts off with GDPR, because the other articles that Professor Jones have provided all now relate to that and why everyone and every business should understand how important it is.

GDPR actually creates jobs and has spawned an industry, as the CSRI outlined at a conference at the global accountancy firm PwC’s headquarters in June 2015, GDPR ensures that data is clean and relevant because it has to be maintained – by law. Thus clean data becomes valuable to the compilers of the data and is valuable as fresh data, for as Oxford Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation Viktor Mayer-Schonberger pointed out in his book Big Data‘, and in interviews with our sister organisation Future Intelligence’s PassW0rd radio show, old data can give a very misleading picture of who we are.

  1. GDPR: It may sound like some former Eastern Bloc state but GDPR is one of the most important pieces of legislation of the information age. It is a cornerstone of the individuals’ protection against data abuse and has set the bar for legislation in other parts of the world. All of the indicators are that countries like the US are about to follow suit.
  2. Malware explained: It’s an ugly word for some nasty software that you don’t need. Professor Jones explains what computer viruses are and how to ensure you don’t contract one
  3. Data backups: Why you need to do them and how to go about it.
  4. Simple steps to cyber security: An easy to follow checklist of what you need to watch out for to avoid cyber compromise.
  5. Passwords: in use apparently since 700 BC by the Spartans and as a highly developed system of watchwords in Roman times, they are still in use by us in these times of highly sophisticated technology. Incredibly important, so how should we use them?
  6. Tough love – convincing employees about cyber security: everyone hates it, it gets in the way and make life complicated. Why you have to take cyber seriously.

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