Month: January 2017

This is what happens when you reply to spam email – James Veitch

Suspicious emails: unclaimed insurance bonds, diamond-encrusted safe deposit boxes, close friends marooned in a foreign country. They pop up in our inboxes, and standard procedure is to delete on sight. But what happens when you reply? Follow along as writer and comedian James Veitch narrates a hilarious, months-long exchange with a spammer who offered to ...

ISOfocus flies high in the latest issue on aviation

Flying is more popular than it has ever been. Once seen as a luxury that only a privileged few could afford, air travel has become a genuine form of mass transport over the past few decades. According to a report from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), passenger numbers are likely to surge in the ...

New assessment of UK climate change risks published

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs has published ''The UK Climate Change Risk Assessment,'' a new report into the future threats that climate change could engender. UK Climate Change Risk Assessment 2017 recognises how the trend towards warmer winters, hotter summers and changing rainfall patterns is affecting communities across the UK and sets ...

Making it all add up – International Standards for quantities and units are under revision

When is a kilogramme a kilogramme? How do you accurately measure the spectrum of light? How do you correctly measure in thermodynamics? Consistency in quantities and units is essential for accurate measurement and can only be achieved if everyone is using the same language. The ISO/IEC 80000 series of standards does just that, and it ...

What we did in 2016

2016 was a great year for us at ContinuityLink! Here is what we did! brochure2016

Report reviews risk incident trends

Fraud, cyber, and security incidents are now the ''new normal'' for companies across the world, according to the executives surveyed for the 2016/17 Kroll Annual Global Fraud and Risk Report. The proportion of executives that reported their companies fell victim to fraud in the past year rose significantly to 82 percent, from 75 percent in ...

ATM Malware Retooled to Strike More Machines

Upgraded Ploutus-D Malware Designed to Drain ATMs From Any Manufacturer In early 2013, cybercriminals began deploying in Mexico what some security experts described as one of the most advanced pieces of malware that's ever been built to steal money from ATMs. Nicknamed Ploutus, it evolved to become the first ATM malware that could be controlled ...

Researchers reconstruct fingerprint data from digital photo

Researchers in Japan have been able to "copy" fingerprint data from a digital photo of a person holding up a peace sign. This research is surely going to raise questions over the potential theft of fingerprint data through photos. Currently, many smartphones, laptops, and tablets feature some sort of biometric finger scanner that allows the ...

Global Supply Chain: Heading in the Right Direction?

The recent supply chain disruption experienced as a result of the Hanjin Shipping Co.’s financial and legal troubles is neither the first nor unfortunately will it be the last case of the supply risks encountered these days. Thus, every organization must consider an integral element of doing business in today’s global economy. Seeing that an ...

The simple steel box that transformed global trade

Perhaps the defining feature of the global economy is precisely that it is global. Toys from China, copper from Chile, T-shirts from Bangladesh, wine from New Zealand, coffee from Ethiopia, and tomatoes from Spain. Like it or not, globalisation is a fundamental feature of the modern economy. In the early 1960s, world trade in merchandise ...

Business interruption tops the list of top ten global business risks

Business interruption remained the top fear globally for the fifth straight year, with multiple new triggers emerging, including non-physical damage disruptions caused by political violence, strikes and terror attacks. Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE (AGCS) has published its 6th annual Allianz Risk Barometer, which provides a list of the current top ten global business ...

Everyone is falling for this frighteningly effective Gmail scam

Security researchers have identified a "highly effective" phishing scam that's been fooling Google Gmail customers into divulging their login credentials. The scheme, which has been gaining popularity in the past few months and has reportedly been hitting other email services, involves a clever trick that can be difficult to detect. Researchers at WordFence, a team ...