The global COVID-19 pandemic fundamentally transformed how we live, work and interact with one another. As organisations across the world re-architect how their workforces securely connect and communicate in the new work reality, it's never been more important to stay abreast of the fast-moving cyber threat landscape.

If you ask most people who work in our industry to describe the difference between HTTP and HTTPS, they might say the latter is the secure version. They may even go further and explain that HTTPS uses an SSL certificate to secure the connection between the user’s web-browser and the web-server hosting the web-page. But surprisingly, many do not know the details of how an SSL certificate works; the reliance on third-party trust, and why we will soon be facing a wave of problems with root certificates expiring.

There are a few businesses which have been proven to thrive in the conditions we find ourselves in today; and telecommunications companies are one of them. Whether it be Zoom, Webex, GoToMeeting or any other provider of teleconferencing software, the demand for such solutions and services have soared, as large swathes of the population now adjust to new working from home requirements.

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If there is one thing which unites us all in the world of IT security, it is the desire to eliminate known vulnerabilities so that we can continually improve and build upon what we already know. But did you know that a standard deployment of Microsoft Windows Server 2016 RTM, contains over 800 pages of known vulnerable configuration settings, according to the CIS (Centre for Internet Security)?

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The festive season is nearly upon us; and while you might be dreaming about cookies of the sugary and Christmas themed type, European judges have other ideas. The other type of cookie – and most likely the more frequent – are those used on websites to store small amounts of information on our local endpoints to assist with functionality.