Cyber Security Defence

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Cyber Security Defence the Challenge

The Jasper International Academy Centre for Cyber Security Defence and Economic Crime Prevention Skills was established to provide courses, qualifications, training and consultancy to organisations in order to provide employees with the skills and knowledge necessary to minimise exposure to external and internal criminal cyber and fraud activity.

The outdated idea that cyber security can be managed and solved by IT specialists alone is as far from the truth as is possible. Understanding how IT departments function quickly makes you realise that the size of the task in protecting the business is not just a technology and network issue.  The problem sits as a company-wide and whole workforce initiative, and requires the breaking down of the natural internal silos that exist between departments and managers. Read More >>>>>>>>>>>>

India Tops the List for Cyber Criminals

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India Tops the List for Cyber Criminals

Facebook, Linked In, Buzzfeed, Huffington and Instagram users – we send you a considered warning! India, along with other developing economies, is seen as a soft target for cyber and economic crime criminals. The latest scams are driven by the sheer size of the population submitting tax returns and using social network sites; this enables malicious software viruses to target this considerable and largely innocent population.

How?

People are receiving emails which claim some important information is attached and which must be checked, so they do this and the malicious software installs itself and a virus onto the target’s computer, laptop or phone. It then steals important information and personal data in order to secure money, maybe via identity theft. Read More >>>>>>>>>>>>

Is there such a thing as an ‘Out of Control’ company?

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Is there such a thing as an ‘out of control’ company?

Dictionary.com defines ‘out of control’ as:

Not under management or direction; unmanageable or wild.

The first term uses control in the sense of “restraint,” a usage dating from the late 1500s; the variant ‘out of hand’ uses hand in the sense of “power” or “authority,” and dates from the late 1800s.

We know that forest fires, debts, children and even budgets can reach the stage of being ‘out of control’ but what about companies?

Well, perhaps they can and in most cases restraint, or a lack of, appears to be the key. Read More >>>>>>>>>>>>

Is your Neighbour Corrupt? Would you Know?

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Is your Neighbour Corrupt? Would you know?

Is it our imagination or do we seem to be awash with corruption at the moment?

And no, we are not talking about shady South American drug cartels, we’re talking about supposedly legitimate businesses that buy from our Governments and supply our public services.

A new study by RAND Europe and posted by Marino Donati in Ethics, Procurement, Public sector, Risk said the annual total cost of corruption in Europe is as much as €990bn (£780bn). This is what it looks like: £780,000,000,000 and considering that there are 508m people living in the EU that equates to about £1525 per person. Frightening isn’t it? Read More >>>>>>>>>>>>

Who is Hacking your Computer? Friend or Foe?

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Who is Hacking your Computer? Friend or Foe?

Forget swash buckling Pirates of the Caribbean and creaking ships, the new pirates on the block are hackers – the pirates of the computer age. They no longer sail the seas, but work from spare bedrooms and offices all over the World.  Recent research has shown that 75% of hackers come from 10 countries and these will certainly surprise you!

Friend or Foe? You decide.

No. 1 on the list, China, is in the news again.

Let’s be honest, China’s economic growth has been nothing short of spectacular, lifting millions out of poverty and creating billions of dollars of wealth. Read More >>>>>>>>>>>>

Would it be useful to study Psychopaths at the Stock Exchange?

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Would it be useful to study Psychopaths at the Stock Exchange?

Well maybe, given the chaos in the financial services sector since 2008, Lehman Brothers, Royal Bank of Scotland and many more. The size of the damage done is incalculable and the financial tab picked up by governments unprecedented, so is there a case for corporate business and state financial murder? Well, we know that there is a case that, had auditors and regulators done their job properly many CEO’s and Chairmen from this sector would now be in prison. Let’s say you are the Chairman of one of the largest financial institutes in the world with assets of $638 billion and you need to employ a new Chief Executive. Your number one candidate seems to have all the requisite skills, is charming, smart and has all of the right answers to your questions, problem solved – right? Hang on though wouldn’t you want to know if you were about to employ a Psychopath. Well there are many examples out there of this having happened and is still happening. We would like to believe that if we met someone who was completely without conscience and someone who was capable of doing anything in order to serve their purpose or to get them what they wanted, you could spot it.

Right?

No not necessarily.

In popular imagery of the psychopath we think of the likes of Hannibal Lecter or the Moors Murderers but in reality many psychopaths just want money, power, fame or a nice car.

Psychopaths – Narcissists or Sociopaths – lets just summarize the differences.

Every Psychopath is Narcissistic – Not Every Narcissist is a Psychopath

Narcissism is a DISORDER of SELF-ESTEEM, the two triggers being SHAME and GUILT !!!!!

Psychopaths DON’T FEEL and they are BORN that way.

Sociopaths are the SAME AS PSYCHOPATHS the difference is they ARE MADE not BORN that way!!

Narcissism is clinically defined as having up to 9 CHARACTERISTICS and everyone has 1 or 2, however if you are diagnosed as having more than 5 you are classified as having a PERSONALITY DISORDER. Read More >>>>>>>>>>>>

Investment & Securities

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Investment & Securities

Investments and securities is a highly competitive and profitable industry. Work often involves a combination of skills, as well as dedication and financial savvy. The investments and securities industry involves the management of the buying and selling of various financial instruments, along with offering advice on these securities. Individuals who work in this fast-paced industry have a strong understanding of the financial market and the ability to keep pace with current events that could affect the stock market. Read More >>>>>>>>>>>>

Centre for Cyber and Economic Crime | Are Your People Your Weakest Link?

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Are your people your weakest link?

It would seem that no part of our digital-driven lives is free from potential hackers, and many articles point to people being a vulnerable entry point into your IT system that you have spent many thousands of dollars protecting.

Employees are your open back door in domestic terms.

Consider this:

A CEO of a large business liked expensive cars and made no secret of it. When a glossy brochure, addressed to his home, came through the letterbox with pictures of lovely looking new Jaguars in it, he did not hesitate to pick it up. Flicking through, he found inside an innocuous looking CD with concept cars pictured on the front, and his interest was piqued. After putting it into his computer he was still unaware that because he used the same password at home as he did at work, an enormous amount of damage would be done. And it was (Bill Walker, Technical Director at QA). Read More >>>>>>>>>>>>

Leadership the Productive and Moral Application of Influence

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Leadership the Productive and Moral Application of Influence

Ethics and profit in all organisations and societies are, at some point, often in conflict with one another (doing the right thing morally and doing the right thing for your profits will always create a dilemma).

So what do we mean by Leadership, the Productive and Moral Application of Influence?

Well this implies that Leadership can be applied morally or immorally even coercively in organisations to attain an intended goal or state.

If you know our thoughts on this matter, you will be aware that we are totally perplexed by the sheer number of leadership models being peddled across the World, and of course you have those that are in and out of vogue models reinvented from the past and models wearing a different disguise. Read More >>>>>>>>>>>>

Systems Thinking Healthcare

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Systems Thinking Healthcare

“Systems Thinking (ST) is an appreciation of the dynamics and the interdependencies in any system. Health means “whole” and is a concept that encapsulates flows, balance, economy and ecology; and the human body is a complex system of interdependent parts – each with a specific role and contribution for the general benefit. The human body demonstrates amazing adaptability and operates without a plan – the parts operating together without needing external direction or instruction. But when something goes wrong in one part of the system the whole becomes unbalanced, the collective performance deteriorates and symptoms of illness arise. Even a minor problem can seriously impair a finely balanced system if the problem occurs in a critical component. The process of healthcare is to use the symptoms to help diagnose the cause of the imbalance and to intervene to steer the human body system back towards balance; while at the same time recognising that an ill-chosen or an ill-timed intervention can push the system further out of balance – possibly to the point where the system goes out of control and is unable to maintain its integrity, i.e. death. The same principles apply to any system – including the system of healthcare itself. To achieve only positive outcomes reliably and consistently in the face of a constantly changing context of both knowledge and expectation requires skill and dedication. That is why it is difficult and why it is so rewarding to work in healthcare. Simon Dodds” Read More >>>>>>>>>>>>