London – The Greatest City?

Many would say it is New York City, but I would beg to differ. Yes the London Stock Exchange is the 4th largest in the world but look at it at a more international measure of finance – currency markets. In terms of foreign exchange turn over the UK is not just the market leader it is still gaining ground, according to the Bank of International Settlements. Bog 1

It doesn’t stop here – The Boston Consulting Group asked 200,000 people in 189 countries where they would move in order to work :

London is well on top.

People who want to work in London need to live somewhere and according to Knight Frank’s Global Wealth Report, London reigns at the top.

Now I could go on with UN Heritage Sites (4 in London – 1 in NYC) but what is the real reason.

For me it is pretty simple – It is just a fantastic town and once you have lived and worked here you will miss the buzz, should you move away. Sure 2 hours out of the City you will get a big house instead of a pokey apartment for the same money, but where else can you ride on an underground that has been in service since 1863?

It can be very daunting traveling here every day and to deal with a signal failure every other day. However, it gets me every time and it is truly amazing and a love hate relationship. Imagine this: Smoking in the London Underground was banned 1984. London Underground smoking ban extended to the entire network following the King’s Cross station fire, in which 31 people died.

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Then what about the feeling you get when walking down the plethora of small lanes and alleys, in some parts it feels like nothing has changed and it looks just like something people would have walked along when Jack the Ripper was around.

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The History of London is somehow grim but intriguing. When you explore this City you will see and feel the heritage of the place. It is guaranteed and will leave you amazed.

Below are my reasons why London is THE capital of world:

  1. The Queen lives here.
  2. London has thousand of years of History.
  3. Fashion is important – do not underestimate this – where else can you meet an African Prince riding the Tube playing candy crush on his iPhone?
  4. Plenty of famous landmarks
  5. Christmas is pretty cool
  6. Ride around on a Boris bike
  7. Kings Cross Station even has a Platform 9 3/4 in honour of Harry Potterblog 4
  8. London Theatre / Musical Scene
  9. Vast choice of Food
  10. The Tube
  11. The most diverse City you will ever encounter

There are many more reasons but I have to warn you, London will shape you.

London is like day and night to the rest of the UK, the hectic pace means chit chat is at a minimum, but be sure that whoever you meet accidently in this town they will politely take time and speak to you. Where else in the world can you get on to the BBC Breakfast Settee whilst getting a coffee before heading to work…..

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson for President

So it looks like Donald Trump is a probable Republican nominee for the upcoming election after sweeping 5 US States yesterday. Donald Trump is a rule breaker and he will not conform to any norms of business and politics. It is like expecting a square peg to fit in a round hole – It is just not going to happen.

But, for some reason, it is working. He is confrontational, aggressive and blunt but some are saying he is challenging just status quo and is exactly what America needs.

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Is it just for show?

Is there a chance that he will actually be a fully functioning president with full control of the countries requirements or is he a candidate to press that red button in the oval office one day saying to himself “The beauty of me is that I am very rich” whilst doing something irresolvable?

Here’s the plan:

Can you smell what the Rock is cooking? Who doesn’t remember his wrestling days when millions of people were watching him smashing into his opponents.

But there is more to him than just that, 100 millions followers on social media know that this guy is up every day at 4 a.m. and hardly ever goes to sleep. He is a trooper and works hard every single day of the year.

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On top of that he has the kind of open personality that genuinely makes people feel really good when he is around. Unlike other Action heroes Dwayne is willing to laugh at himself and that made him one of the most vital players in the blockbuster Fast & Furious movies. He has proved to be that rare combination of likeable, creative and talented – but he also a solid businessman (just like Donald Trump but likeable)

This is how it needs to go down:

Dwayne becomes the governor of Florida in eight years and the President in 12 and he will be the best President we have seen since Ronald Reagan.

Until then we have to face reality and make the right choice whilst enjoying the new Baywatch movie with “ The Rock”………

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Miami – The Ultimate Destination?

Miami here we come, that was what my friends and I said when boarding the plane that would get us to one of most visited US cities.

It was long time ago when I set foot for the first time on Miami Beach. How did it happen, how did I get here? Simple, my company at the time had a work do in Dallas (go figure) and I decided to stop in Miami before heading to Dallas.

Before leaving for this amazing place we looked for a Hotel and found the Shore Club on Collins Avenue. As all pictures online, it looked out of this world. We had booked the full package of course “Ocean View” rooms with a balcony. Who wouldn’t want to sit and watch the ocean at any time of the day and/or night.

Miami 4It was August when we arrived and it was hot….as you would expect. Our cab ride from the airport was smooth and the driver giggled away when I asked him if he knew the hotel or the area where we were staying. At this point I did not know that the Hotel we had chosen is pretty much in the best location – South Beach. I can just imagine the cab drivers thought – first timers!

When we arrived the Hotel was incredible and staff were very friendly. The first thing we did was head out to the beach as we had direct access to it from the Hotel, obviously we had to pass the very posh Hotel swimming pool on the way. It was lovely and hot, we did underestimate the power of the sun. After all Miami is very close to the equator.

It didn’t take long before we got into a daily routine. It started with breakfast at News Café on Ocean Drive. We then walked to Starbucks and stopped every time we passed the Versace mansion and were amazed daily on the location and size – can you imagine owning this space? Before hitting Starbucks we went into all those little shops on Ocean Drive and bought T-Shirts and basically all the stuff tourists buy.

Taking our Starbucks coffee to go we walked slowly back to the Hotel. The rest of the day we pretty much spent all day on the beach playing volleyball and chilling out. South Beach is just amazing and so clean. One of the best beaches I have seen. Late afternoon was designed to hit the gym for half an hour and then get ready for a nice evening meal. Exploring Lincoln Street goes without saying.

One thing we never did was going out partying, Miami is known to be a party town at night, however that was not what we were after. In fact, I was quite amazed about how quiet it is during the day and if one ignores the pretentious people you would think you are laying in the most secluded space on an island.

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The first time I went to Miami I only stayed 3 days. Since then I have returned almost every year pretty much doing the same thing over and over again. I always stay in Shore Club and stick to the same routine.

Here are my reasons why Miami is the ultimate location:

  • South Beach is one of the best Beaches around
  • The Cuban Flair will leave you wanting to go to Cuba
  • Art Deco District needs to be seen by night
  • The Sun and Ocean will leave you recharged like never before
  • Miami Vice was shot here (reason alone to visit!)
  • It Certainly is a destination where you can travel light –no jeans required
  • You will see things you have never seen before – I guarantee you this
  • The only place where you sit outside and your restaurant has cooling mistersMiami 3
  • January looks just like August just not as hot
  • Any coloured House is accepted- be aware of lime green,aqua,orange and pink

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Miami is the best and probably one of the weirdest places but it works and it is just cool. After all Will Smith made a song about Miami and he cant be wrong!

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Why is the UK Security Market reactive rather than proactive?

This question has been rolling around my mind a long time, I just can’t put my finger on why!?

I work in the City of London and my experiences below come from the top tier of execs and influencers – I am not talking small business here, I am talking how the upper echelon in the business world are tackling the Cyber Security situation. Naturally their names and companies remain with me, but I wanted to share this ‘Cyber Threat Reactive‘ phenomenon.

Lets start with a basic analogy we, as the general public, lock our doors at home, we lock our windows and our cars, when carrying personal belongings we make sure they are on a safe place on our person when commuting on the tube but in the workplace? Granted we have our personal passwords for our equipment but many businesses are not investing in technology security solutions to prevent a major data breach, hack or identify theft.

I did some research and spoke to influential players from all sectors within the City including CEOs, CISOs and Board Members of Major corporations. I found that whilst many corporations in the Financial Sector were up to speed (and some may say almost to a paranoid level!) I realised it is down to the Industry Standards.

If you were dealing with the FCA – you too would make sure your back was covered!  Try opening up a Banking Institution in the UK and you will know Regulation is the key to making sure businesses, and therewith your data, are safe.

So many of the executives complained of the burdens Cyber Security brings to the table, especially now, even Non Executive Directors are personally responsible to a certain extent for any data breaches within the financial sector. These new regulations put a completely new twist on the situation. Despite all the regulations in the Financial Sector they still feel they are by no means immune to attack.

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So the Financial Sector seem to have their ducks in a row, thanks to tight regulations, but what about the other Sectors? After speaking with many executives in a wide range of sectors I have to conclude that the UK businesses attitude to Cyber Security is “Fire-Fighting”. Prevention is not on the forefront, rather a ‘fingers crossed nothing happens’ attitude.

A main factor in this is that Information Technology Budgets have not increased to reflect the new dangers. One CIO I spoke to said “If your IT Budget is £10 and you know you cannot spend a single penny more, then Cyber Sec is not going to come first on the shopping list”. Most CIOs will weigh up all the IT requirements they have against the most pressing issues.

He’s got a point, what would you spend it on? With yearly IT running costs being included within that budget, it is easy to see how difficult the decision is, how do you prioritize your spending? You throw the budget at the most pressing business functionality and hope for the best!

So the most compelling fact out of all my research was that CIOs prioritize the worst-case scenario. i.e. what happens to the company if there is a data breach vs what happens to the company if their database fails.

The priority goes to functionality and IT Systems that effect daily trading. After all, if they go down there is a whole company that can sit twiddling their thumbs until it is fixed, or customers who will jump ship to the next brand and what is the likelihood that a hacker is going to target your company this year?

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It is clear the worst-case scenario for a Cyber attack is minimized because the chances of it happening on the CIOs watch seem miniscule next to the chance of core functionality failing.

The cost however of a cyber attack is exponential and could be devastating for any business. Think of the “Sorry” letters alone, cant imagine after a data breach a company will send out Emails, no, they are far more like to rely on the more delicate and traditional Postal Letter – if a company has 5million customers – how much will the stamps cost? Obviously, this is over simplifying to make a point, but one thing is for sure, it could close a business down!

Look at some of the issues to the business, reputational damage, market reaction, negative Media attention, if serious enough we are talking law enforcement involvement …. You get where I am going with this and it goes without saying that at this point any company will have an army of lawyers on retention, will insurance cover these issues? Does the worst-case scenario prioritising seem wise now?

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I completely understand the business has a function to perform and certain IT elements are required, but a balance of preventative measures must be a good idea – mustn’t it?

“Cybersecurity is the greatest threat since atom bomb” Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak – said in an interview with Australian TV news show Lateline.

CIOs are having to make judgment calls, what are the financial implications of IT systems going down in the last hours of the financial year? What if somebody steals and sells your data? What is the cost to deal with fake calls to customers in order to get their bank details? I heard the numbers of calls companies have to deal with and its out of this world. How does anyone handle a ransomware situation – do you just pay? More importantly, what is the newest trend to scam money out of customers or break into secure company Networks?

Think this is complicated? Add this to the execs that speak of multinationals and cost pressure forcing the outsourcing of sections of the IT and/or customer service to a different country, that have other regulations when it comes to data or dealing with IT systems in general. Now you have a hot-pot of worst-case scenarios!

This is all pretty doom and gloom and a frightening reflection of how these issues are being dealt with at the highest levels – what can be done and who needs to address this within companies? Is it purely down to budget restraints?

One thing Cyber Security Experts forget, is what happens once you implement tougher policies and/or technology that can record every step and restricts access to employees. Imagine you have a bunch of super important creative people. They come up with an idea let it be day or night and need access to something that can help the company have the next big thing and that will transform business and double revenue. Do you really want to restrict them?

The answer is yes and no.

All execs with limited budget will ask “what is the chance this happens to me”. What is the point in spending your budget on something that possibly won’t happen, when there are many other worst-case scenarios that could?

Another qualm of the execs is that running a smooth business gets more complicated the more policies and procedures and technology is in place. Quite a paradox, as technology should be helping to streamline business functions.

Some of it is just overwhelming and many companies just don’t have the resources.

In the past year I have learnt a lot about the UK Security Market and one thing is for sure Data is the new currency and it needs protecting one way or another. Cyber criminals will not stop and it is alarming the extent they will go to in order to get what they want.

What I also learnt is that I do not envy the executives and CIOs who are responsible for this decision, one thing I am damn sure of though is that their doors, windows and gates are locked at home…….so go figure.

P.S. whilst writing this I just received an email from someone called Mr. Chin who informs me that he has just received 21 Million US $ in his bank account and needs help transferring it. Of course all he needs are my bank details for a very generous cut………..Mr. Chin calls it a business proposal. The question is how many people are sending a response to Mr. Chin.

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NLP “Off-sters” and the shoulder squeeze

Being from a Sales background and knowing how to read behaviour to gain all important deals, I have studied body language and reactions to situations.

Some time ago I noticed that some people (especially in the Sales Arena) were just off. Somehow just not right or ‘genuine’. I couldn’t put my finger on what bothered me so much, but I did know it annoyed the hell out of me! I began to think of them as “off-sters”.

On closer inspection I realized these “off-sters” were closely monitoring my facial expressions and eye movements, I noticed them touching me often and repeating my name more than was necessary.

Emails became excruciating to read with my name appearing sometimes 5 times in an email of less than 200 words. Whilst I understand that using somebodies name can build a rapport, it becomes awkward when you want to scream at a colleague to stop.

The most awkward was face to face meetings, the constant use of my first name coupled with these “off-sters” wanting to touch me and validate me was excruciating.

Why the need to pat my arm? Why did they always want to leave me with a ‘shoulder-squeeze-maneuver’? Urgh.

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I reached my limit when an “off-ster” starting copying my movements, speech and facial expressions , some may see this as a compliment but me? – Get me out of here!

I started researching and it wasn’t long before I found the source of all these “techniques” – NLP. Neuro Linguistic Programming has been around since the 1970’s and has created many schools of practice. A common theme across the schools is that of the ‘Programming’ of Subjects, using techniques such as “Anchors” and “Behaviour Transfer” to modify the Subject’s conduct.

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There is plenty to find online and I researched a little to learn more about what was creating “off-sters”. Google NLP and you will find everything from Evangelists to one of the co-founders being cleared of murder.

One thing is for sure ….. it annoys the bejeezus out of me!

Does it work? Perhaps if you wish to stop eating so much or stop smoking it could help, but to modify my behavior – No Way.

I see the “off-sters” staring at my eyes, I know they are monitoring my movements, I recognise the shoulder squeeze maneuver is an “anchor” so that I remember them in a good light, I see it all and unbeknown to the “off-ster” everyone else can see that they are not quite right, they ask when they leave what was up with them – we just think they are “off”.

I have worked with sales directors using NLP as a sales technique, I have seen companies loose customers because of these “off-sters”, I have seen C-Level Executives leave the room to escape their name being used one more time or yet another shoulder squeeze. I have dealt with NLP Master Practitioners and honestly I would only recommend their service to somebody that cant give up a bad habit.

It comes across as condescending in the workplace – I am sorry!

Here is an excerpt of an NLP course:

Rapport

Groups of three, Programmer chooses a situation:

  1. You want to breathe in rhythm with the person. If they are breathing quickly, pace them to slow down.
  2. Echo or parallel the person’s posture and movements. Don’t mimic, flow with them.
  3. Match the kinds of words your client uses: If a client says they can’t see things working out or can’t clearly picture the outcome, you should match the visual words so they will clearly visualize the conclusion.
  4. Go over everything the client said.
SPEND A COUPLE OF MINUTES DOING THIS, THEN:

Mismatch as many words, processes, and questions you can.

Note: All of these Rapport Techniques should be used with subtlety so clients aren’t aware of your actions. Remember you want to be calm, centered, relaxed and positive. Remain focused. Think Creatively. Positively. Visualize Success!

What is the end goal of NLP?

The “goal” is to get a ‘client’ or ‘subject’ to change their way of understanding or behaving, to ‘modify’ their Neurological function to positively benefit either themselves or the ‘programmer’. If NLP is requested then I see absolutely no problem in a consultancy, however, if NLP is used upon an unsuspecting colleague, friend or partner then it is fundamentally immoral. In this case it is a another’s expense.

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I admit there are some great NLP Practitioners in the world, who can help you with any addiction you may have or with behavioral problems – this has its value in a consensual Practitioner/Patient relationship.

However, to those NLP “off-sters” who are trying to manipulate their boss, colleague and possibly lover, please please please STOP!

If you meet an “off-ster” and your juju-ometer is like a raging bull – flee! If you can’t escape them then ask if they would respectfully not use NLP Techniques on you. The most effective technique to use against “off-sters” however is to be Authentic and Professional. If you act professionally and are authentic in all your dealings then nobody can copy this or “anchor” you as you are already wholly anchored in your own capabilities.

Be yourself and all will be fine!

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Is Apple the new Microsoft?

Who doesn’t remember the colourful iMac and black and white MacBooks?
apple macbook 2006Back in 2006 we bought our very first MacBook and I remember the plastic but cool feel it had about it.
I had always been a Microsoft guy, worked and played with Microsoft OS for years, the Apple concept was alien to me, I was a loyal Microsoft customer until …. I snapped!
After spending hours that turned into days configuring a home network with MS on our machines and then followed by a million updates, I had had enough.
How many hours of my life have I lost installing the latest printer driver or Antivirus? Mind numbing hours of frustration and the feeling of my life slipping through my fingers.
I went and bought our first Apple products.
Steve Jobs’ vision was for the user to feel acquainted with their PC and not be afraid of it so how difficult could the switch be?
The box and packaging in itself was a joy and I actually felt privileged opening this beautifully designed product. Granted, it took a little time to get used to the new OS but it wasn’t long before we were comfortable with its newness.
Such fun – within a few months we were Apple converts! We continued the journey and bought an iMac, we even made and edited home videos of our kids.
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We had gained not just a “PC” but a new entertainment system when iTunes geared up to show TV Shows and Movies.
As newbie Apple Snobs we bought the very first iPhone and have never looked back, every year a new upgraded iPhone, the latest MacBooks, Apple TV, iPads, iPods and iMacs – we have been addicted for at least 8 years.
That is until …..
Over time we have found Apple to become more and more complicated, suddenly there were new security features for iTunes more data being collected about the user. For the original Apple iTunes users the libraries have been confused with updates and loss of music. Moreover, the last couple of iPhones we have owned have had either glitches or manufacturer problems and now our latest MacBooks are acting up.
More Information is now needed in order to configure a new Apple Product. The simplicity that Steve Jobs had in mind is fading away. iCloud doesn’t seem to work for any of us, being an international family we have several iTunes accounts, in different countries, something that doesn’t seem very flexible with Apple. It almost feels like something Microsoft used to be … complicated.
Getting an Apple device up and running requires more time and data than it ever used to. No more plug and play, probably plenty of reasons why, but that doesn’t help us and the vision.
Why am I telling you this?
For the first time in over 8 years I have seen a Microsoft Product and I want it!
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The new Microsoft Surface Book looks interesting. If I, a self proclaimed Apple Snob, am considering a Microsoft Product this tells me something is not working out currently with Apple.
I am probably one of the most loyal Apple customers – my house and family live and breathe Apple products, how sad it is to feel that Apple is not what it used to be.
The question is – is it Apple who are no longer innovative or have Microsoft finally woken up?
I cannot be the only Apple lover who feels that Apple innovation sadly passed away with Steve Jobs in 2011.
What do you think?
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With exclusive comments from the Operation Falcon, Metropolitan Police, Colin Nicholls QC, Esther George, Philip Virgo, Simon Fordham OBE, Philip Manning – Read the Full Story Below.
Giants in the Cyber Justice Industry gathered to discuss the future of Cyber Justice and how businesses and law enforcement can work together to prosecute Cybercriminals and recoup losses.
The Event was live tweeted and covered by City AMComputer Business Review amongst others and covered the launch of the Cyber Detect & Protect Service to by Esther George and 8MAN UK.
What is the current climate between Businesses and Law Enforcement regarding Cybercrime?

Operation Falcon, Metropolitan Police: “U.K. Law enforcement (NCA, Met Falcon, Regional Organised Crime Units) are really keen to build better working relationships with businesses. This area was never a priority so frankly forces largely ignored it. Businesses didn’t often report as they had no confidence we would do anything about it and if we did, often we didn’t have the capability or experience to investigate effectively. That’s changed, the Home Office has substantially invested in new capacity and capability but it needs to be bigger. The Met are also investing up to 500 officers and staff in this area now, a huge increase in the face of 20% cuts. No other forces have invested to this level. Most haven’t increased staffing at all. This led to the creation of Falcon (Fraud and Linked Crime Online). Since we started Aug 2014 we’ve made more than 1000 arrests. Everyone is getting charged, very few are getting acquitted and we’re getting good sentences. If we can identify a real person (the big challenge) all the evidence is on their devices or in their bank accounts so they’ve got nowhere to go.

Given the spiralling increase of data breaches and cybercrime why aren’t more cybercriminals being brought to justice?

Simon Fordham, ICSPA: ‘Key problem is always if there is enough evidence to bring to trial – especially if it crosses borders’

Colin Nicholls QC: ‘Legislation is very slow, it’s difficult to say how well we’re keeping up with fast moving cybercrime’

Operation Falcon, Metropolitan Police: ‘More cyber criminals aren’t convicted because forces don’t investigate as they don’t have the capability or capacity. The 2 biggest challenges are the fact the crime is often global so there are jurisdictional issues and delays and we need communications data to prosecute. Often that data is in countries or companies that can’t/won’t give it to law enforcement. Increasing levels of encryption also make it harder and harder to intercept comms or retrieve it evidentially through digital forensics. The government’s draft Investigatory Powers Bill addresses some of this and is a big step forward but only covers UK based providers. What about overseas? That’s a massive gap. These are the biggest challenges to successful prosecution although there are plenty of UK based cyber criminals to tackle as well as the international ones.’

 

Why are businesses failing to report cybercrime to the police?

Philip Manning: ‘Most businesses still aren’t reporting crimes out of embarrassment. Basic controls would prevent most cases’

Philip Virgo: “Most businesses (and their insurers) are more concerned with “asset recovery”, more often than not using civil law against those who aided and abetted the attack and/or failed to help identify the attackers as well as those along the money chain rather than have the hassle of trying to find some- one who will accept a crime report and the subsequent uncertainty of getting a criminal conviction. Such action also appears to have a greater deterrent effect. The “justice” can be quite brutal, with criminals exacting retribution on those who cost them money.”

What mistakes are companies making in preparing for potential prosecutions?

Operation Falcon, Metropolitan Police: “Companies leave it too late to tell us they’ve had a problem or we often only communicate through lawyers. This delays everything, leads to misunderstanding and means evidence is often lost. Tell us early what is happening in a big breach. If you change your mind about cooperating/prosecuting later we’ll walk away. We understand businesses desire for confidentiality and need to get business back to normal as quickly as possible and we won’t undermine that. The only time anything is public from our point of view is when someone is charged and a reporter sees them in court. A cyber incident crisis might be the first for the company but it won’t be for us. We can advise you on what worked and didn’t work in other incidents to help businesses make the right decisions under pressure.”

How can companies aid in the investigation process?

Operation Falcon, Metropolitan Police: “Where business can help is firstly to report everything so we all understand the scale of the problem and properly resource an effective response. Where big businesses can help is supporting us through their resources, be it skilled staff supporting investigations, training, access to business intelligence and technology or sponsorship to help fund our work.”

What additional practices can help?

Operation Falcon, Metropolitan Police: “Lack of education for teenage hackers using criminal malware to open up targets for criminal exploitation and the mules who help launder the money, criminal apprentices on the first rung of a lucrative career. Most are relatively easy to identify, assuming law enforcement is doing its job and those taking civil action can be bothered. They are expendable and better viewed as the modern equivalent of the “forlorn hope” in siege warfare – the mix of the ambitious and the desperate sent to assault the breach in the walls, with the promise of promotion if they succeed and survive.“

 

Cyber Detect & Protect

The take away from this discussion is that a link between businesses and law enforcement needs to be established. Businesses need to know they can recoup their losses and bring the Cybercrimal to justice with minor business interruption.

What happens if we don’t bring them to justice? Quite simply the risk is as high as before the attack, no matter what actions are taken.

Panellist Esther George is clear “victims should report cybercrime so others are aware of risks and the risk does not occur again for the business owner”

With this in mind, Esther has joined forces with Jens Puhle of 8MAN UK to form the CDP Service which tackles these issues head on and creates the foundations for businesses to work hand in hand with law enforcement to not only prevent and detect cyber criminals but bring them to justice too.

The Cyber Detect & Protect Service has been created to fill the gap between companies and law enforcement, enabling companies to navigate the sensitive issues of Cybercrime and to protect themselves from attack and breach.

 

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