Week Ending: 31th July - A Roundup in I.T. & Tech News

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With Covid-19 and the travel industry dominating the headlines once again, have you missed what’s been happening in the world of Tech and I.T. this week? Don’t worry, here is our trusty round-up of the biggest stories in the industry to bring you right up to speed, and it’s been a busy one for the cybersecurity sector.

New cyber awareness book for young children

It has become extremely important to inform children of the dangers they may face online as they are spending much more time using technology and engaging online. The Covid-19 pandemic appears to have exacerbated the situation as well, with an increased number of children finding themselves in danger.

Ensuring that children are informed of basic practices from a young age could result in an even more cyber-savvy generation; one which takes cybersecurity seriously and understands the risks associated with a connected, online world.

Wendy Goucher, a Scottish cybersecurity consultant, is on a mission to teach children as young as five about their online safety. How? Wendy has recently published a book named ‘Nettie in Cyberland’ and it has been flying off the virtual shelves, plus, it has already reached No.2 on Amazon’s best seller list of books for child safety.

The best-selling book, ‘Nettie in Cyberland’, aims to introduce young children to the topic of cybersecurity and start conversations about online safety. The book takes a young girl, named Nettie, on an adventure in ‘Cyberland’, where she and her friend Webby face challenges and dangers, which could actually occur to young people when they are online.

Wendy’s inspiration for the book came about in 2012 when she realised the power of storytelling and the positive impact a cybersecurity-related tale might have on children, whilst simultaneously educating them about online threats.

The cybersecurity sector has been highly supportive of the book and it has been inundated with excellent feedback. The book has also been well received by both parents and children alike and now there is a growing demand for a sequel.

Goucher states:

“Threats to themselves from the internet are a very hard thing for a child to understand. Just like the threat of being knocked down crossing the road. With road safety, as soon as children are facing forward in their buggies we are telling them to watch for the green man as this is the sign they will be safe to cross. Treating issues such as cybersecurity, or the use of technology, in the same fashion will help develop the same processes and practices to keep children safe.”

Read more here.

Garmin-post-ransomware attack

Last week, Garmin experienced a ransomware attack, which crippled the company. However, now users are reporting that the Garmin Connect service, which works with the company’s fitness trackers, are slowing coming back online.

During last week, malicious software infected Garmin’s corporate network and encrypted its files. It has been reported the software, named WastedLocker, demanded that a $10 million ransom had to be paid in order to restore Garmin’s services back to normal.

However, it seems Garmin didn’t pay the ransom in order to regain control of its network, as the company didn’t directly make a payment to the hackers.

Garmin have made a statement explaining how the company reacted to the situation but stopped short of giving any details on a ransom demand.

Garmin said:

“Garmin Ltd. was the victim of a cyberattack that encrypted some of our systems on July 23, 2020. As a result, many of our online services were interrupted including website functions, customer support, customer facing applications, and company communications. We immediately began to assess the nature of the attack and started remediation. We have no indication that any customer data, including payment information from Garmin Pay™, was accessed, lost or stolen. Additionally, the functionality of Garmin products was not affected, other than the ability to access online services. Affected systems are being restored and we expect to return to normal operation over the next few days. We do not expect any material impact to our operations or financial results because of this outage. As our affected systems are restored, we expect some delays as the backlog of information is being processed. We are grateful for our customers’ patience and understanding during this incident and look forward to continuing to provide the exceptional customer service and support that has been our hallmark and tradition.”

Discover more here.

Sheffield Hallam University confirms a data breach

In the news this week, Sheffield Hallam University, has confirmed that it is currently dealing with a data breach linked to software provider, Blackbaud, one of the world’s largest providers of education administration, fundraising and financial management software.

The university secretary, Michaela Boryslawskyj, announced in an email to members of its community that it was notified by Blackbaud that Sheffield Hallam, plus, a number of other universities had been affected by the data breach. The email stated that Blackbaud’s systems were hacked and personal information relating to its alumni and members of the community were stolen.

Michaela Boryslawskyj announced:

“The data taken does not include bank details, financial information or sensitive personal data; and you do not have to take any direct action in relation to this incident at this stage. However, the university takes its approach to data security very seriously and we have established a full incident response group to review and respond to this issue.”

But, Sheffield Hallam University does believe the names and contact details for alumni, donors and other stakeholders were taken during the cyberattack, and the university is managing the incident in accordance with data security procedures.

Find out more information about the data breach here.

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