Computer security students at the University of Greenwich were recently given an insightful lecture from NTA Monitor founder, Roy Hills.
Roy, who set up the business in 1996 to become the first UK commercial company to offer penetration testing and IT security audit services, offered his practical experience and expertise to undergraduate students hoping to break into the market.
Changes announced at the end of October by the PCI Security Standards Council (SSC) clarify and expand on existing criteria rather than introduce a raft of complicated new measures.
PCI 2.0 therefore does not have an onerous impact on merchants - although the PCI SSC will still expect companies to complete their transition and move to the new standards as quickly as possible.
Over the last year, UK smartphone use has boomed with adoption growing by 70 per cent to more than 11 million subscribers, according to ComScore. And the upward trend is predicted to continue with worldwide smartphone market share expected to reach 50 per cent within the next three years, and sales estimated to exceed those of PCs by 2012.
Quickly adopting the latest web-enabled technology has meant that, in many cases, information security has been an afterthought - and this has left private individuals and organisations open to attack. In fact, the Information Security Forum (IST) in their Threat Horizon 2012 report warned that the increasing use of mobile devices coupled with the blurring of home and work life are two of the top ten issues most likely to threaten the security of businesses in the future.
Cross-site scripting continues to threaten the security of websites and web applications despite many recent high-profile attacks highlighting the vulnerability.
This year, social networking sites Twitter and YouTube, Microsoft's IE8 and some big retailers have all battled malicious coding problems.
The recent high profile data breach at ACS:Law, where customers' personal details were published online allegedly after a hacker gained access, via its website, to the internal network, once again emphasises the need for businesses to be proactive when it comes to information security.
Accused of not taking the correct measures to secure the data, ACS:Law could face a fine from the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) of up to a maximum of £500,000.