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Home Office Warns Of Increased IT Attacks Ahead of Olympics

Stonesoft Networks : 05 July, 2012  (Technical Article)
Stonesoft believes the real cyber threat levels before London 2012 are higher even than the Government's Home Office is admitting to.
Home Office Warns Of Increased IT Attacks Ahead of Olympics
According to the UK Home Office, “The nature of the cyber threats facing UK industry is evolving and becoming more dangerous in the run-up to the Olympics”.

In light of these comments, Ash Patel, the country manager for UK & Ireland at Stonesoft comments on the full implications and what UK organisations can do to ensure their data remains safe:

“It’s really encouraging to see Government bodies being more “honest” with regards to cyber-attacks. However, this recent announcement, in such a short space of time from Jonathan Evans’ comments, raises questions about what is actually going on behind closed doors that we’re not being told about. There’s no doubt that threats are getting more advanced. In recent years, for example, the discovery of AETs shows how advanced attackers are able to infiltrate systems undetected.

“Playing devil’s advocate, perhaps one consideration to make, is that these Government announcements are forewarnings about what is about to come?

“Nevertheless, with only a short amount of time left until London 2012, there is still time for organisations to put measures in place, in order to safeguard their biggest asset, i.e. data. With many organisations advocating Working From Home (WFH) during the Olympic period, companies need to ensure that correct procedures and comprehensive remote access technologies are put in place, confirming the users who access the network remotely are who they claim to be, and access only the relevant applications and data over an encrypted channel.”
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