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Cyber Bytes - Issue 11

06 April 2020. Published by Richard Breavington, Partner and Christopher Ashton, Associate and Rachel Ford, Associate

Welcome to Cyber_Bytes, our bi-weekly roundup of key developments in cyber, tech and evolving risks.

Cybersecurity and COVID-19: Opportunities for change in the face of challenge

Richard Breavington, Daniel Guilfoyle and Ridvan Canbilen explore the potential sources of cyber risk that a wide range of businesses are now facing, with a number of challenges being presented by staff working from home due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Businesses should look to take steps to protect against those risks, but should also see the outbreak as an opportunity to prepare themselves for operating effectively in a future that promises more remote working challenges.

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Supporting NHS Cybersecurity During COVID-19

The World Health Organization, US Department of Health and Human Services, and hospitals in Spain, France and the Czech Republic have all been hit by cyber attacks during the current COVID-19 crisis.  Chatham House explores how the current crisis could be seen as an opportunity for the UK government to show agility in how it deals with cyber threats and how it cooperates with the private sector in creating cyber resilience.

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ICO launches Coronavirus Hub

The ICO has released a new information hub to help individuals and organisations navigate data protection issues during the coronavirus outbreak, pooling together previous updates and guidance that it had previously released in respect of the outbreak.  New and relevant information will be added to the hub as the pandemic continues.

To keep up to date, please click here.

DCMS publishes results of cyber security survey 2020

The Department for Digital Culture, Media & Sport has issued its fifth Cyber Security Breaches Survey. Its aim is to support the UK government in shaping future policy in this area; results suggest that cyber-attacks have evolved and become more frequent.

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Cyber resilience in a pandemic

The World Health Organization's extensive involvement in COVID-19 inter-governmental coordination gives cyber attackers an opportunity to target the data streams driving global engagement.  As nations scramble to break-ground on disease prevention and test conduction research, it is important than ever for countries to erect a united front against digital espionage, and safeguard highly sensitive information from criminal precision.

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International credit card theft ring fraudsters caught

The Russian Federal Security Service has charged 25 people with operating a sprawling international credit card theft ring. The crime involved stolen credit card data from around 90 websites.

To read more, please click here.