I would like to welcome everyone to this, the first English language edition of CyberSecurity Trends, which is a quarterly magazine already published in Europe in French, Italian and Romanian languages. The magazine is proud to have endorsement from the United Nations ITU cybersecurity team.

The goal of the publication is to open up knowledge and information sharing across research and commercial activities, so providing a bridge between public and private dialogues, in an aim to help our world operate more safely giving the growing frequency of attacks that seem to endlessly get media attention.

This English language version is sponsored by iCyber-Security Group and the iCyber-Security Training Academy. It is iCyber-Security’s mission to give our clients assurance to operate their digital businesses Securely, Effectively and Efficiently. It’s our job to reduce risk, increase availability and optimize network applications performance in the connected world.

Yet neither us, nor our clients or partners can reach an optimal security if the whole ecosystem around us offers poor, or no resilience at all.

We consider it is the mission for any company like ours to help the relevant institutions and specialists to bring their knowledge to the broadest public possible.

Cybersecurity awareness does not develop alone: there is a strong need for culture and education in this field and governments cannot fulfill alone all the citizens and companies needs.

As individuals and as professionals, we are, first of all, humans. It means that without the necessary information, we will continue making mistakes putting us at risk. Nobody, when we bought them, explained to us the amazing capacities, but also the associated weaknesses of the tools and software applications we increasingly use on a daily basis. Weaknesses which leave wide open doors for cyber-criminals.

In a moment when the “breaking news” of the mainstream media has found in “cyber” a new perfect topic to use for their shocking headlines: “cyber-wars”, “global attacks”, “compromised systems”, “stolen elections 4.0”, this publication aims to take a broader view. For example we have in this edition articles about how the Italian mafia has now moved into digital crime and targeting the agriculture industry and how criminals are exploiting vulnerabilities in our personal banking to move funds for their own benefits. Crime is going digital and only awareness and sharing good practice can realistically help reduce the harmful impact.

In this field, re-inventing the wheel at a national scale has often been a common mistake used in governmental and NGO communications. As such we bring to the UK and Ireland market, the only independent publication on this topic endorsed by the UN through its specialized agency, the International Telecommunications Union.

Following the examples of the Swiss Association of Information Security (CLUSIS) and the Global Cyber Security Centre Foundation of the Italian Post Office, which developed respectively the French and the Italian version of the journal, iCyber-Security will bring to you the reader not only some of the best English original papers, but also, exclusively, translations of the most relevant thoughts and solutions developed by experts from several EU and non-EU countries, submitted to other editions of the Journal.

Cybersecurity and Cybercrime are world phenomena, and having the chance to share experiences from different countries and very diverse ecosystems is a major key for success. Threats targeting the UK, for instance, can be totally new, or, arriving later from other countries. In this sense, the regional information sharing we offer in this journal is an asset.

If you would like to contribute articles or have suggestions for us to cover in future editions of the magazine, or even wish to purchase hard copy versions of the magazine to give to your customers, please do contact us via email at info@cybersecuritytrends.uk . On our website http://www.cybersecuritytrends.co.uk you can also view publications in other languages / countries and purchase subscriptions for future editions.

The next publication to be published at the end of September will have a special focus on the Connected Internet of Things such as connected cars in the automotive industry.

Norman Frankel | CEO, iCyber-Security

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