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Cyber security: call for doctorate bids

Blue screen of death picture for expert witness cyber storyUniversities have been invited to apply for grants to run two new dedicated Centres for Doctoral Training that will train postgraduates to maintain the UK's security in the face of growing cyber threats.

The centres will enhance the nation's academic capability across all aspects of the field and are part of the response to the Government's National Cyber Security Programme, which aims to create a stable, secure and open cyber environment in which the UK's interests and businesses can operate and be preserved.

The call for bids has been made by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Government's communications headquarters, GCHQ, and the Office of Cyber Security and Information Assurance (OCSIA).

Last Updated on Friday, 10 August 2012 10:59


Fuzzy logic could prompt cyber attacks at Games

With the Olympics about to commence and millions of visitors and competitors arriving in London, there has been a certain amount of comment on the prevalence of payments using so-called 'near field communication' (NFC) devices systems and the possibility of 'fuzz' attacks on mobile devices or 'Wallets'.

According to security experts at McAfee, 'fuzzing' involves feeding corrupt or damaged data to an app on a mobile device to discover vulnerabilities. According to McAfee, this can be accomplished in several ways, including text messages and now NFC tags.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 August 2012 11:12


EU must get data law right, says Lord McNally

Expert-Witness Lord_McnallyThe new EU data protection law must work for business, for government and, most important of all, for individuals, Justice Minister Lord McNally said in a statement on 28 June.

The new law to update data protection will apply to the UK; but, said Lord McNally, the Government will negotiate hard in Europe to make sure that the right balance is struck between protecting personal data, without overburdening business or stifling economic growth and innovation.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 July 2012 17:02


Cyber threat designers “shared source code”, say researchers

Your Expert Witness PCB picResearchers at the Russian-based IT security company Kaspersky Lab have revealed that the people responsible for two powerful malware threats, Flame and Stuxnet/Duqu, must have worked together at some point because of the discovery of shared source code.

Alexander Gostev, Kaspersky Lab's chief security expert, said: "The new findings that reveal how the teams shared source code of at least one module in the early stages of development prove that the groups co-operated at least once."

Vitaly Kamluk, the firm's chief malware expert, said: "We think that these teams are different; two different teams working with each other, helping each other at different stages."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 June 2012 10:52


Mobile fingerprinting rolled out across the capital

Your Expert Witness SatelliteThe Metropolitan Police has introduced new mobile fingerprint scanners across the force. The device, known as mobile identification or MobileID, can check a person's identity in two minutes.

MobileID is about the size of a mobile phone and allows police to read the fingerprint of an index finger (pictured). According to a press statement from the Met, it checks the fingerprints with the national database but does not retain them afterwards. The device will be used in instances where an individual is suspected of committing an offence, or wanted for a previous offence.

Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said: "Mobile Identification is a technological step forward that helps police officers identify people quickly.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 June 2012 11:06