Will red weather warnings become a more regular occurrence?

Posted by Gary Fleming on Mar 5, 2018 12:40:52 PM

A red weather warning has only been issued on six occasions since the system was introduced in Ireland in 2013 – and only for rainstorms, never for snow until last week. The fact that there have been two red weather warnings in the past 4 months and only 4 in the previous 5 years is a worrying trend. With businesses closing for days at a time, they need to be more prepared for these adverse weather conditions.

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Topics: IT Security, Email Security, Cyber Security, Email Continuity, Office 365

Resilient Scotland Continuity Conference 2018

Posted by Gary Fleming on Feb 20, 2018 5:22:51 PM

For the second year running, Topsec Cloud Solutions will be exhibiting at the Scottish Continuity 2018 Resilient Scotland Conference at the Royal Bank of Scotland HQ Conference Centre, 175 Glasgow Road, Gogarburn Edinburgh, EH12 9BH.

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Topics: IT Security, Events

Smarter Business Tech Live 2017

Posted by Gary Fleming on Nov 13, 2017 4:55:53 PM

Topsec Cloud Solutions will be exhibiting at the first ever Smarter Business Tech Live event at Manchester Central. This is the largest business technology and software event ever to be run in the region presenting over 150 expert speakers, with our own Niall Mackey giving a presentation on “Understanding The Current Email Threat Landscape”.

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Topics: IT Security

Ophelia, you're breaking my heart…

Posted by Gary Fleming on Oct 17, 2017 5:17:22 PM

Was your business affected by Hurricane Ophelia? Did you have to send staff home or did staff simply not come in to ensure their own safety?  Has your business been impacted by a resulting power outage?

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Topics: IT Security, Email Security, Cyber Security, Email Continuity, Office 365

Office 365 outage: UK and European users hit by service interruption

Posted by Gary Fleming on Sep 19, 2017 1:41:51 PM

The latest Microsoft Office 365 outage which occurred yesterday morning, impacted both Office 365 and Outlook users across the UK and Europe.  It wasn’t the ideal start to the working week with many Office 365  users complaining of technical difficulties for most of Monday morning, with Outlook subscribers reporting connectivity issues and lag times until late in the day.

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Topics: IT Security, Email Security, Cyber Security, Email Continuity, Office 365

What is NotPetya Ransomware?

Posted by Gary Fleming on Jun 28, 2017 1:33:10 PM

A massive new global cyber-attack has struck with a similar reach to the WannaCry ransomware attack that infected more than 300,000 computers worldwide last month. The latest attack was initially thought to be a strain of the Petya Ransomware virus which hit last year, however it has now emerged that it is in fact a totally different strain which borrows some of the same code from Petya Ransomware. Therefor the latest ransomware attack is now being referred to as Not Petya, SortaPetya or Petna.  It also includes code known as “Eternal Blue”, which is widely believed to have been stolen from the US National Security Agency (NSA) and was also used in last month’s WannaCry ransomware attack.

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Topics: IT Security, Email Security, Spam, Topsec Email Security

Infosec 2017

Posted by Gary Fleming on Jun 1, 2017 4:02:30 PM

Topsec Cloud Solutions will be exhibiting at Infosecurity Europe in the Olympia, London for the first time. Infosec is Europe’s largest and most comprehensive IT Security conference with over 360 exhibitors and 13,500 visitors.

The Topsec team will be on stand L06 (Discovery Zone, Upper Floor), so please feel free to drop by for some free light refreshments and to discuss best practices in email security. We are also running a competition and have some great prizes on offer including a number of drones.

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Topics: IT Security

What is WannaCry Ransomware?

Posted by Gary Fleming on May 16, 2017 10:16:56 AM

WannaCry is a crypto-ransomware that is also called WannaCrypt, it encrypts data files by appending .WCRY to the end of the file name and asks users to pay a US$300 ransom in bitcoins. According to the ransom note the payment amount will be doubled if the ransom isn’t paid within 3 days and the files will be deleted after 7 days if the payment is not made. WannaCry is not just a ransomware program, it is also a worm that gets into your computer and looks for other computers to try and spread itself as far and wide as possible. This variant of ransomware first emerged on Friday May 12th and affected over 200,000 users across 150 countries including many large organisations such as the NHS, Nissan, Hitachi, Renault, Telefonica, FedEx and Germany's rail network Deutsche Bahn.

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Topics: IT Security, Email Security, Spam, Topsec Email Security

CyberUK 2017

Posted by Gary Fleming on Mar 10, 2017 11:00:00 AM

CYBERUK 2017 is the UK Government’s biggest and most influential IA and Cyber Security event and is hosted by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) five months after the organisation’s launch. It will share the vision for achieving a step change in UK cyber resilience. It will include the Government’s IA and Cyber Security Flagship event, which for the past decade has been the principal vehicle for engaging with IA and Cyber Security leaders and Topsec are proud to be part of such event.

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Topics: IT Security, Passwords

Microsoft Outage Impacts Office 365, Outlook, Skype and Hotmail Users.

Posted by Gary Fleming on Mar 8, 2017 4:33:04 PM

Several of Microsoft’s online services suffered outages yesterday for several hours across the UK, Europe and the US. According to the official website, the services which were impacted included Outlook.com, Office 365, Xbox Live gaming and Skype.

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Topics: IT Security, Email Security, Cyber Security, Email Continuity