Cyber security

Staying one step ahead with IA14

In 1995, the film ‘Hackers’ was released, detailing ins and outs of the potential dangers of what was then an unknown quantity: the internet. The film is now a cult classic, probably because of its amusing predictions about how computers, the web and cyber hacking would work in the new age.

Nowadays, it’s not nearly as glamorous or far-fetched as they imagined, cyber security is a real, everyday threat that requires care and knowledge in everything we do as businesses. It’s an area we’re acutely aware of, which is why we’re headed to the 2014 Information Assurance (IA14) conference, ‘Cyber security underpinning a leading information economy’ to share our insights. It’s the government’s flagship event for cyber security and information assurance, and offers an interesting forum for discussion between central government, the wider public sector, industry and academics. The role of the conference is to examine how the UK can be a world leader in cyber security, which is something that BT plays a large role in. It’s the place to find out how these issues affect you and your business, and what things need to be done differently in order to mitigate threats. [Read more...]

Christmas Tree

Have a cracker of a Christmas

By now all your Christmas shopping should be wrapped and lying safely under the tree, the mad dash for stocking fillers is over and all that’s left to do is sit back, relax and enjoy all that this festive season has to offer.

We’d like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas from everyone here at Let’s Talk and what better way to do that than with a bit of festive poetry. [Read more...]

Top 5 Stories

June’s Top Picks

Your monthly round up of the stories everyone’s been reading  

Cyber attacks… innovation… collaboration… June’s top stories cover the hot business topics, along with an incisive article that discusses our need to focus on the networks behind our shiny new devices.

Take a look and discover them for yourself. Here are our top five articles from this month’s Let’s Talk blog. [Read more...]

Cyber Security

SATURN Runs Rings Around Cyber Attacks

By Ben Azvine, Head of Security Futures Practice, BT Technology, Service & Operations

As someone who works largely behind the scenes in Research & Innovation, it’s great to have an opportunity to talk about some of the ground-breaking, innovative projects my team are working on.

My colleague Nicola Millard, BT’s Customer Experience Futurologist, has done a great job of explaining BT’s innovation heritage in her recent blog and I’d like to carry on that theme by focusing on how our latest innovation efforts are making a practical difference to our customers, using protection against cybercrime as an example. [Read more...]

Data Security

Enterprise Security Begins At Home

Since writing a book on home computer security I’ve become increasingly aware of how poor security on home computers is having an effect on enterprise security. But the converse is also true; good home security can have a beneficial influence on the enterprise.

There are several ways in which deficiencies in home computer security can impact businesses. Firstly, malware on home computers is being used by criminals and hacktivists to commit fraud and to disrupt legitimate business use of the internet, through botnets for example. Secondly, more and more staff are telecommuting, or working from home, which may involve transferring documents to the home PC, or using a business laptop in an insecure environment. [Read more...]