This recent ransomware attack, which also hit parts of the NHS, has highlighted a number of problems the IT security industry already knew about. WannaCry spread incredibly quickly and was only deactivated by accident, something we can be incredibly grateful for.
Let’s look at some things it reminded us.
Confidence is something you have to develop, not just in yourself but also in the tools you use. When electricity was new there was a lack of confidence in it (let alone whether we should use AC or DC!), but decades later we rarely think about it. Similarly, most of us will get on a bus or in a car and do not panic that the vehicle will explode.
So, how and why is confidence important in IT?
To kick off the New Year, Canterbury Christ Church University invited Jonathan Haddock, a Network and Security engineer in local government, to join our third-year Networking class. He showed us a glimpse of his world by demonstrating ARP poisoning which is, for those of us not in the know, intercepting and modifying traffic between two hosts. Continue reading