The NCSC announce that Iasme will be the sole Cyber Essentials accreditation body from April 2020

The National Cyber Security Centre has recently announced that IASME will take over as the sole accreditation body for Cyber Essentials from April 2020. After a lengthy deliberation process The IASME Consortium Ltd was named as the new Cyber Essentials partner. This decision has been made in a bid to streamline the Cyber Essentials process and improve the consistency of the scheme. By having one accreditation body, the NCSC hope that this will create a much clearer path to achieving …

Are third party software applications exposing businesses to cyber-threats?

When it comes to vulnerability management, you cannot fix the flaws you don’t know about.  In a nutshell, visibility is everything. The more you know about the security of your applications and infrastructure, the better equipped you are to keep it safe from malicious intrusions.  Regular vulnerability scans are a vital component of any effective Cyber Security strategy. To maintain …

New starter: Will Tams joins the team as a Business Development Manager

Having worked within the IT industry for the last 15 years and the last 9 ½ as an Account Manager, my move to Equilibrium was driven by the desire to work with a company solely focused on providing the highest level of service to help businesses protect themselves from ever increasing cyber threats. This can only be achieved by having …

How can the financial services industry protect their data from increasingly sophisticated cyber-attacks?

Investment into robust Cyber Security measures needs to be a critical concern for all financial services organisations.  For obvious reasons, financial firms have always been a prime target for cyber criminals. Unfortunatley, due to the sensitive nature of the information they process, banks are faced with a barrage of malicious attacks on a daily basis. Although banks are fully aware …

Equilibrium Security announce strategic Gold Partnership with Tripwire

As a specialist security provider in the industry, Equilibrium values the importance of working with best-of-breed security vendors.  Equilibrium are excited to announced that we have recently formed a strategic partnership with Tripwire- a world renowned security vendor which has been in the industry for over 20 years. Tripwire is a highly innovative solution which is built on a solid …

How should retailers respond to the rising threat of POS attacks?

Over the past few years, retailers have faced an unprecedented increase in malicious attacks targeting POS systems. It is of no surprise that these machines are a desirable target for cyber criminals, as they process and store highly lucrative financial information. Unfortunately, the growing intensity of cyber-threats alongside pressure to keep up with technology innovation, is putting many retailers in …

Why are Continuous Scans Important for Vulnerability Management?

To protect against evolving digital threats, organisations must have a proactive approach to tackling them. Unfortunately, many businesses do not treat cyber security as an ongoing process. Although your systems may be secure today, tomorrow a hacker may discover a critical vulnerability in your systems. Scary huh? Although this is an unsettling thought, we are on not in the businesses …

Behind the scenes at Equilibrium Security part 2- Cyber Essentials

One of the services we offer is Cyber Essentials assessments. This is split into two assessments, the self-assessment: which is based on answering a list of questions; and the plus assessment which is carried out on-site, looking to verify the answers in the self-assessment as well as carrying out further tests. Those tests verify that: software is all up to …

Why should businesses use 2-factor authentication?

With so much of our lives happening online, it is no surprise that our digital accounts have become a magnet for cyber criminals. As users open more and more accounts they suddenly have far too many passwords to remember. This can lead to every security expert’s worst nightmare: password recycling. Understandably hackers thrive off this unfortunate human habit.  Hacking software …

The Need for Email Security – Protecting from Ransomware and more

When it comes to cyber-attacks, email is still the most common threat vector. Businesses can be bombarded with socially engineered phishing attacks with malicious attachments that can lead to the compromise of sensitive information. All it takes is for one person not to recognise a spoofed sender address or to unwittingly click on an attachment or link to an unsecure site for …