Safeonline in the news: Embarrassing Sony email leak teaches cyber brokers an important lesson

“I’m not saying he’s a whore, but he’s a whore. I never cease to be amazed at the chutzpah of actors,” read the unfortunate email written by a Sony executive about actor Kevin Hart.

This embarrassing correspondence is one of many revealed to the public by the 2014 cyber attack on Sony Pictures entertainment, which will be forever memorialized after being published on the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks.

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How social media hacks can be the gateway to further breaches

‘Another day, another breach’ seems to be the mantra at the moment as increasing numbers of organisations fall victim to cyber attack. The recent high-profile hack of the US Central Command’s Twitter feed by a group purporting to be ISIS demonstrates the vulnerability of anyone operating on these channels, even those you would assume to be heavily protected.

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What they don’t tell you about PCI compliance

“Most estimates put the real cost of a data breach at between $30,000 and $50,000, even for small businesses ”

PCI Compliance has been around for a number of years, yet still there is an attitude amongst businesses, especially the smaller organisations, that it doesn’t apply to them and that the threat of a breach is far less than that facing larger businesses.

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Cyber Essentials: Practicalities for brokers

The past year has been a busy one for insurance brokers operating in the cyber risk class, due to the launch of a joint initiative by the Government and the insurance sector to help cement the UK’s position as the global leader in cyber security insurance. This new initiative builds on the 10 Steps to Cyber Security guidance published in late 2014, and the Cyber Essentials Scheme which is designed to encourage basic cyber security practice within businesses.

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Hacking the cyber market

Whilst cyber as a specialist line has been growing for the past few years, knowledge of cyber risk diversity amongst clients and brokers seems to have stalled. This is surprising given that technology connects millions of people both in business and socially, due to the rise of connected devices and access to information.

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