Security roundup: 24% of users lost backed up data, Kaspersky opens first EU research centre

Plus, 72 per cent of cyber attacks on the UK and Ireland are from within that region
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PCR rounds up some of the latest security stories from the likes of Kaspersky and Norton.

Kaspersky Lab has opened its first European research centre in the UK this week. It will provide customers and partners with insight from Kaspersky’s experts in the UK and Europe.

The centre has been positioned in Paddington, London, and has been designed to ensure that the cybercrime landscape is monitored 24 hours a day, keeping customers informed of the latest threats.

A joint survey by Kaspersky and B2B International also found that one in four (24 per cent) of users who kept backup copies of data on physical media eventually lost their files.

It also revealed that 92 per cent stored sensitive data such as passwords and financial information on their devices, while 29 per cent took no security measures to protect such data.

Elsewhere, Norton by Symantec has announced the availability of a new Norton security solution via Business Apps from mobile network EE.

Norton 360 Business Premium protects small businesses’ devices form cyber threats, and is now available to customers for £5 a month. The software also alerts users to phishing sites, social media content, scams and links.

New data released by ThreatMetrix shows that almost 72 per cent of cyberattacks on the UK and Ireland are from within that region.

The data also shows that Mexico is the second biggest threat to the UK, while Nigeria comes in third place and Germany as the fourth biggest threat.

Fraud and impersonation attacks are the most common, as more than 1.4 million fraud attempts were identified by the ThreatMetrix Global Network during the last peak Christmas shopping period at the end of 2014.

As well as this, the report found that the cost of cybercrime to the UK is around £27 billion per annum, and 95 per cent of businesses in the UK suffered a security breach in the last year.

Ponemon conducted a cybercrime report looking back on 2014, which revealed that the average number of successful enterprise data attacks experienced by 60 companies was two per week. That pace would exceed 100 attacks annually.

Additionally, almost a third of private sector professionals are not aware of what the forthcoming EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will mean to them or their organisations.

iStorage carried out the survey during the Counter Terror Expo 2015, and the EU will soon be able to fine companies or take five per cent of their annual turnover if they are found in breach of the new legislation.

90 per cent of respondents revealed that they had policies in place covering data protection matters, while 80 per cent said that they were aware of who was responsible for data protection.

John Michael, CEO of iStorage, said: “The EU’s position is very clear: all personal information must be protected by adequate security to prevent the loss or theft of data. Organisations need to give serious consideration to minimising the risks of loss by ensuring that all portable media devices containing personal information are robustly encrypted.”

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