Yorkshire Cyber Security Cluster

Yorkshire Cyber Security Cluster

Join the Yorkshire Cyber Security Cluster as they discuss Social Engineering. The YCSC are delighted to announce that spaces are still available for Novembers meeting, where they will be joined by a range of speakers who will offer an insight into Social Engineering. Date: Wednesday 21st November Time: 13:00 – 15:00 Location: Room 9002, Cantor Building Sheffield Hallam University Arundel …

Why online training is the most cost-effective way to train your staff

Why online training is the most cost-effective way to train your staff

Whether it’s buying a used car from AutoTrader or simply picking up 2-for-1 on our favourite deodorant, as human beings we love getting a good bargain, saving as many hard-earned pennies as possible and making sure we are getting the best value for our money. The same principle applies in business. If we can close a deal with a tidy …

What is Shoulder Surfing?

What is Shoulder Surfing?

When you think of hacking, you may think of a stereotypical cyber criminal sat in their basement remotely attacking organisations and servers in order to gain unauthorised access to systems. However, this isn’t always the case as most people seem to overlook one very basic security concern, shoulder surfing! Shoulder surfing is technically another form of hacking as it allows …

3 Cyber Security Horror Stories

3 Cyber Security Horror Stories

It’s that time of year again, some people at home are carving pumpkins and others will be sitting down to binge their favourite horror films. Some of our personal film favourites include Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street and Shaun of the Dead, but one thing that makes us want to hide under the covers is the headlines about …

Bob's Business Awards

Bob’s Business Award Nominations

Bob and the team are delighted to announce that we have been nominated for not one, not two, but three awards throughout October. The nominations round off what has been a fantastic 12 months for Bob’s Business, going from strength to strength across all areas of the business. Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber Business Awards The Barnsley and Rotherham Business Awards …

Lost Laptops

European Cyber Security Month – Data let loose!

Imagine this scenario: It’s been a long day. The client visit went well, they seem happy with what you’ve presented. Later when on the train home, your attention gets drawn away from the client data on your laptop, so that you can play your favourite mobile game to pass time on your commute. You hop up and step through the …

What happened in the Facebook security breach?

On Friday it was announced that Facebook was hit by a cyber breach that attacked up to 50 million user accounts. The company indicated that criminals exploited a vulnerable feature due to a software bug which enabled the hackers to act like users on their profile; also referred to as the ‘View As’ option,  a privacy feature enabling users to …

Bob’s Business to hold charity football tournament

Bob and the team are lacing up their football boots in order to raise money for children’s charity, Barnardo’s. Bob’s Business has organised a charity 7-a-side tournament, taking place on 1st October (kick off from 6.30pm) at the Honeywell Sports Village, Barnsley. The charity tournament will include four teams made up of organisations based within the Digital Media Centre, these …

Yorkshire Cyber Security Cluster

An introduction to the Yorkshire Cyber Security Cluster

We love what we do here at Bob’s Business, and as one of the founders and creators of the Yorkshire Cyber Security Cluster (YCSC) along with CRK consulting, we are proud to be helping regional organisations to become more cyber secure. The YCSC is an initiative created as part of the UK Cyber Security Forum to help organisations across the …

What is Malvertising?

Here at Bob’s Business, we have noticed an increase in the amount of Malvertising cyber attacks as of late. Unfortunately, it is not common knowledge what malvertising is or how it can negatively affect organisations or individuals who fall into the trap. Below are some key pieces of information that will help give you a better understanding of malvertising. How …

Social Engineering

What is Social Engineering?

We often hear the question here at Bob’s: What is Social Engineering? It is not always clear how social engineering works or how it can put you or your organisation at risk. Social Engineering is the human equivalent of hacking a computer. Social engineers are often smart individuals who understand how to manipulate people and talk their way in and …

My Work Experience at Bob’s Business

Louis Jones, a Digital and Social Media Marketing student from the University of Huddersfield, spent one week at Bob’s Business. During his time with the company, he learned about how the business operates and gained hands-on experience and insights into the everyday day life of a cyber security marketer. Louis wasted no time getting involved with the marketing team and …

HM Government

HM Government approached Bob’s Business to develop an innovative Cyber Security Training initiative called Think Before You Click which was designed to educate over 70,000 members of staff and 3rd party IT service providers about the threat of phishing. To separate Think Before You Click from other phishing solutions, Bob’s Business ensured staff played a key role in HM Government’s …

East Herts Council

At East Herts we take Data Protection and Information Security very seriously… but that doesn’t mean it can’t be handled in a fun and engaging way. We chose Bob’s Business as our corporate training package because they take what can be a dry, abstract topic, and turn it into a series of interesting, fun and relevant cartoons that immediately grab …

The Law Society

Bob’s Business worked alongside Law Society to review their internal policies ready for an ISO 27001 audit. In order to do this, Bob’s Business worked with a subject matter expert and ensured that the policies were aligned with the best practice methodology of ISO 27001. The next phase of this project was to take content directly from the Law Society’s …

The City of Cardiff Council

In 2012, The City of Cardiff Council selected Bob’s Business as their provider of Information Security Awareness training following an audit from the Information Commissioner’s Office, which brought to light an immediate requirement to implement Data Protection training. This was achieved through the development of 3 bespoke modules covering aspects of Data Protection. The Council saw engagement figures of 95% …

NTT Europe

“We have used Bob's Business successfully for 4 years, both the online training and the desk calendars. The training modules have been very successful in improving security awareness across the company (including our European offices) in a cost effective manner. We ensured all staff worked through the modules over a year and now use them as part of our induction …

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council

“Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council (MTCBC) has worked in partnership with Melanie Oldham and the team at Bob’s Business for five years. The eLearning has been implemented throughout our organisation and has provided a unique approach to raising information security awareness with our staff – educating our staff in a fun and interesting format. Implementing this eLearning has enabled us …

Liberata

Liberata have renewed their contract for Bob’s Business Information and IT Security e-Learning tool for a further year after two highly successful years of use. The highly dispersed user base understands the content of the security messages and appreciates the digestible size of learning modules whilst Management regard Bob as a highly cost-effective tool in raising general information security awareness …

Infosecurity Europe

Visit us at Infosecurity Europe 2018!

Bob’s Business will give demonstrations of its new, interactive cyber security training courses at InfoSecurity Europe and offer attendees the chance to win more than £1000 worth of prizes! We are excited to announce that we will be returning to exhibit at InfoSecurity Europe’s annual cyber security conference, to demonstrate our suite of cyber security and General Data Protection Regulation …

Bob’s Business nominated for the Pitch@Palace People’s Choice Awards

Bob’s Business are excited to announce that we have been nominated for the prestigious Pitch@Palace People’s Choice Award. Following on from our CEO’s successful pitch at the University of Huddersfield in February, Melanie was selected to pitch amongst 41 other budding entrepreneurs at the Pitch@Palace 9.0 Boot Camp, held at the University of Manchester on the 13th March. Melanie is …

What cyber security trends should we anticipate in 2018?

As 2018 draws nearer, it can only mean one thing; New Year’s Resolutions are on the agenda! Whether it’s starting the gym, consuming fewer alcoholic beverages, or even learning to play the Ukulele, we have the perfect New Year’s Resolution for you…To create a safer and more secure workplace. 2017 produced some notorious cyber security incidents, with organisations such as …

What cyber security trends should we anticipate in 2018?

As 2018 draws nearer, it can only mean one thing; New Year’s Resolutions are on the agenda! Whether it’s starting the gym, consuming fewer alcoholic beverages, or even learning to play the Ukulele, we have the perfect New Year’s Resolution for you…To create a safer and more secure workplace. 2017 produced some notorious cyber security incidents, with organisations such as …

How will the new National Cyber Security Centre help tackle cybercrime?

Hacking your way to someone’s heart isn’t considered an effective seduction technique, but the cyber security sector were collectively swooned on Valentine’s Day by the launch of the National Cyber Security Centre. Sold as the UK’s cyber security awakening, the National Cyber Security Centre places innovation and education at the heart of the country’s strategy to reduce cybercrime. In a …

Businesses must take Data Protection seriously

The Data Protection Act has got everyone talking and not for the right reasons – two high profile suspected breaches of the Act have taken place within a couple of days. Virgin Trains and Richard Branson have found themselves being investigated by with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) after they released CCTV footage from one of their trains into the public …

Meet Dale

Bob might be the star of the show, but there is a team of committed professionals behind him that are making sure that everyone is getting the cyber security training they need. Meet Dale, Bob’s Business’ Customer Service Officer, who is your contact if you have any issues with Bob’s Business’ services. Name Dale Parrish Job Title Customer Support Officer …

Abi’s Work Experience

Bob’s Business is incredibly lucky to have four different students working at Bob’s Business over the month of August where they get a chance to gain work experience in the Cyber Security Field. Abigail Heron, who was interested in the design and creative aspects, walks us through her experience. Even though I’m not always the most confident person in the …

Walking Into The Unknown: Work Experience at Bob’s Business

Bob’s Business is incredibly lucky to have four different students working at Bob’s Business over the month of August where they get a chance to gain work experience in the CyberSecurity Field. Jack Riley, who was interested in the design and creative aspects, walks us through his experience. I would like to start of by saying a big thank you …

Ben’s Work Experience at Bob’s Business

Bob’s Business is incredibly lucky to have four different students working at Bob’s Business over the month of August where they get a chance to gain work experience in the Cyber Security Field. Ben Methley was here for two weeks, this is his experience. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to work at Bob’s Business for two weeks …

Meet the Team: Heather

Bob might be the star of the show, but there are a team of committed professionals behind him that are making sure that everyone is getting the cyber security training they need. Meet Heather, Bob’s Business’ Operations Manager, who is committed to making sure that everything in the office is running as smoothly as possible. Name Heather Lord Job Title …

Sage Data Breach

Further to the announcement at the weekend, UK accounting software firm Sage have confirmed details on the breach of 280 accounts to the public. Alarm bells were raised by TheAntiSocialEngineer on Saturday 13th August. On Wednesday evening, a 32 year old female Sage employee was arrested by the City of London police at Heathrow Airport on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud and …

A Week In The Life of Bob’s Business

Bob’s Business is incredibly lucky to have four different students working at Bob’s Business over the month of August where they get a chance to gain work experience in the Cyber Security Field. Sally Shenton, who was interested in marketing, was the first student to visit us and this is her experience I have recently been at Bob’s Business on …

Bob’s Business supports Get Safe Online Day 2016

Bob’s Business is happy to once again support our partners Get Safe Online on their annual day to educate the UK public about the dangers of poor cyber security hygiene. Take a read below to find out what the day is all about and how you can too improve your online security. Fraud and Cyber Crime Cost the UK Nearly £11 Billion …

Do You Think Before You Click?

You’ve heard a lot about phishing, but are you aware of the damage it can really cause? Phishing is a method by which criminals and fraudsters try to either pilfer your data, steal your login credentials, or trick you into downloading malware. These kind of attacks rely heavily on the victim committing an action, such as clicking a link or …

Ransomware: From Russia With Love

Over the next few weeks leading up to Infosecurity Europe 2016 we will be posting a series of blogs relating to specific cyber security issues at the forefront of everyone’s minds this year. No matter how hard you try to avoid them, trends are a fact of life. Whether it’s in fashion, music or diets, trends make a mark on …

Malware Mischief

Malware commonly pops up in the news, often with big organisations falling victim. Recently (only this year!) we have had a few high profile cases, from Forbes inadvertently serving malvertising, to trojans being found in more than 100 apps on the Google Play Store, and the continued rise of high-profile ransomware attacks. Viruses, and generally malware, are often talked about outside of cyber …

Passwords… Have You Changed Yours?

It’s time to change your passwords! If you haven’t changed your passwords recently, now is as good a time as any to update the passwords on your accounts to ensure computer security, account security and password strength for yourself and your organisation this new year. We are running ‘Change Your Passwords Month’ in conjunction with Get Safe Online’s ‘Change Your …

Could you spot a bribe if you saw one?

Bribery is to business as a faulty cornerstone is to a foundation. Whether it takes place on the top level of your organisation’s high rise, or in the basement, everyone is going to feel the effects. This is why we have a built a module around the Anti Bribery Act, which will highlight your employee’s responsibilities towards identifying and mitigating …

Don’t Get Conned Out of Christmas!

The festive season is nearly upon us, and its prime time for online criminals to kick it up a notch in their attempts to con you out of your christmas! So this year, we are supporting Get Safe Online and Action Fraud in their campaign to warn people that online crime is definitely coming to town. Today (Monday 23rd November) …

Information Security Awareness & The Need for a Security Conscious Workforce

At Bob’s Business, we understand that information security isn’t always at the top of your to-do list. Would you reconsider your priorities if you knew that cyber security is the one thing that could bring an entire organisation to a halt in a matter of minutes!? There are three main risk areas within your business; physical intrusion, technical vulnerability and …

Could You Spot a Phishing Attack?

At Bob’s Business, it’s our primary focus to teach organisations how to protect their data and mitigate phishing attacks. By nature, we all make mistakes, and the majority of us will at some point get caught up in a phishing net; our aim is to keep you up to date on best practices. It’s no surprise that phishing attacks are …

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council

Here at Bob’s Business, we are very pleased to announce it’s been five years since Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council first started their journey to a more secure culture in their organisation along with Bob’s Business, and they recently renewed for the fifth time! We are very glad they are as committed as we are to keeping their organisation’s data …

Secure Gaming

In the world of information security, the gaming scene often slips quietly by, unnoticed. However, with new technologies and high speed internet connections, online gaming is increasing in popularity. Many gamers are now investing large amounts of time and money into online games, and others have seen an opportunity for unethical profit or mischief. Gamers should be aware of the …

Join our Webinar – ‘The Weakest Link’

Would you be able to spot the weakest link within your organisation? This presentation will focus on bringing our weakest links from an information security point of view, our employees, and making them our ‘front line defenders’ against the current dangers we face within the battle of protecting company data and brand equity. We will explain why and how employees need to …

Yorkshire Cyber Security Cluster

During a fantastic year for Bob’s Business, we’re extremely pleased to announce that we are the founders of the first Yorkshire Cyber Security Cluster! The Yorkshire Cyber Security Cluster is an initiative which will help regional businesses within the Information Security field to work collaboratively to build and increase information security knowledge, provide a networking platform to share ideas and …

Learning at Work Week

The majority of organisations treat Information Security Awareness training as a tick-box exercise, expecting users to absorb hour long power points or speaker lead training with overkill of information. For Learning at Work Week, we want to share our approach for a successful campaign comprising of on and offline resources, entertaining materials and content your users will actually relate to …

Client Competition

As a big thank you to all our lovely, loyal clients (and in a bid to push your course completion rates over the edge) we have decided to run quarterly competitions with some great treats up for grabs that all the office can enjoy! Entry is simple – all our clients are automatically entered and the winner will be the …

Our ISO 27001 Certification

Last week we became ISO 27001 certified, WOOHOO! Trust us, we feel your pain! Getting ISO 27001 certified certainly isn’t as simple as ringing the awarding body and asking them to email you a certificate – there’s real work involved! Nine months of hard work, policy writing and implementing new systems finally paid off and we couldn’t be happier.  Today …

Information Security Training As A Prevention… Not A Cure!

Why wait for the worst to happen? – Act now. Recently I’ve been wondering, why does it take a serious threat to network security, customer data and financial information to kick us in to touch with our Information Security responsibilities? Surely, the old adage “Prevention is cheaper than the cure.” still applies? We all remember the Heartbleed bug that compromised …

World Backup Day Tips

How many hours would it take you to remember or replicate every document, image or file you hold on your PC or Mobile Device? —10? 20? Or even more? Still think you can’t find ten minutes to back it all up? We have found that people don’t really appreciate the importance of backing up their data. It’s quite simple – …

Job Fraud

Job fraud is becoming an increasingly common scam, particularly among websites such as Facebook, Linkedin and Gumtree! Fake jobs have even been found on legitimate job sites! Worryingly, over 2500 job scams were reported to Action Fraud in 2014… But fear not! Bob’s Business are here to help raise awareness and keep you safe from these cyber criminals, in conjunction …

Stay Safe and Secure this Christmas

The festive season is a popular time for fraudsters! The increase in online shopping means many of us are left vulnerable to hackers and attackers because we are so preoccupied! Last year, a fifth of us did all our Christmas shopping online, with over half of us doing over half our shopping online! This increase has helped online frauds to …

How to protect your business from cyber threats

Cyber attacks are increasing. It’s hardly breaking news, but it’s something that we need to be aware of, and acting upon, now. Many business owners, especially those with smaller businesses, think that they are immune to the cyber threat, and that the warnings we see in the media on an (almost) daily basis don’t apply to them. They do apply. …

Rules Are Made For Fools Posted on Monday, October 13th, 2014 in

I surprised my son last week. He was in the proverbial doghouse for dropping the family laptop. Now the crazed crystal garden that was growing across the screen with cracks like scale San Andreas models could only mean one thing…something expensive was going to happen. Lessons are important when given a personal edge, and there was a mixture of compassion …

Don’t be a victim of online crime, working together to raise awareness

The way we see online crime has changed irrevocably over the last few years as it moves out of the shadows. These crimes, committed using a computer, hardware device or internet, by their very nature have had a reputation for being faceless and anonymous. Together with a misguided belief that victims were not ‘physically’ harmed, this previously led to a …

My Work Experience at Bob’s Business

Bob’s Business is incredibly lucky to have four different students working at Bob’s Business over the month of August where they get a chance to gain work experience in the Cyber Security Field. Jacob Peace, who was interested in programming, was the second student to visit us and this is his experience For my work experience at Bob’s Business, I …

Top 4 Ways to Protect Yourself from a Ransomware Attack

Last week, it was reported that the National Crime Agency (NCA) has teamed up with the FBI and other cybercrime experts to take down a criminal network’s ‘command and control’, giving the public up to two weeks to protect themselves against malware such as Gameover, Zeus, GOZeus, or P2PZeus, and ransomware such as Cryptolocker. The botnets, dubbed GameoverZeus (GoZ), are …

Gameover Zeus and CryptoLocker warning

The National Crime Agency (NCA) has given the UK public two weeks to up their computer defences. Two forms of malware (GameOverZeus & CryptoLocker) have been attacking hundreds of thousands of users with increasing severity as time has passed. goZeus and CryptoLocker both have different methods,  however they have a singular goal; to take as much money from you as …

The Internet of Things – The Hype

The ‘Internet of Things’ has caused a real stir, and we want to examine the Information Security threats it poses for your organisation. 50 years ago avid followers of star trek wouldn’t have believed that the technology in their beloved SCI-FI movies would become common place in the everyday lives of their grandchildren. Tales of artificial intelligence and household objects …

Senior Management’s Information Security Responsibilities

Expenditure on information security policies, procedures, technologies and people is escalating and yet security breaches are still frequently reported with rising costs. We have to ask, why? Extensive research has thrown out one possible cause of these prevalent security breaches; senior management.  Articles, blogs and tweets can be seen every day with strap lines such as ‘CEO facilitated security breach through lack …

Staying Secure on Valentines Day

Buying your loved one some antivirus software for Valentine’s day may not be the most romantic of ideas, but trust us it would be a very sensible gift idea. Don’t go thinking that scammers won’t stoop to the low of playing on your raw emotion; the valentines hysteria can distort your better judgement and leave you in a costly mess …

SME’s Guide to Information Security

Information Security can seem like a daunting subject especially for an SME with limited resource, but as a connoisseur of all things cyber Bob wants to assure you that by following his simple steps, you will never fall foul when it comes to your organisation’s security. Let’s start with the basics, passwords: Never use a password that is romantic or personal …

The Insider Threat

The Information Parasite. A Parasite lives on its host and derives nutrients such as sensitive data, company critical information, intellectual property and other vital assets at the expense of its target. The average parasite is around an inch in length, possibly even smaller, you wouldn’t even notice if you had one lurking somewhere on your person, would you? The fact …

Shop Securely This Christmas

Ensure the only pounds you’ve lost in January are those from that double helping of Christmas pud! The general consensus at Christmas is that we all gain a little and at Bob’s Business we want to make sure that you don’t lose any pounds during the festivities. Of course, we’d all love to lose weight whilst having our Christmas dinner, …

Don’t be in the dark about Cryptolocker!

Bob can’t believe his ears: Warnings have been issued from the NCA’s Cyber Crime Unit that an insidious attack has been launched, a virus named CryptoLocker is on the loose and targeting users PC’s with an aim of holding data hostage. Once the computer has been taken, these crafty criminals offer you the option to pay a ransom to get your personal data …