Preview: EMC Forum London 2013

On October 21st 2013, EMC forum will take place in London highlighting how cloud transforms IT, big data transforms business and trust transforms the cloud. Join us there to learn how you can lead transformation within your own company.

The keynote for the event will be delivered by Jeremy Burton, executive vice president, product operations and marketing at EMC.

The UK leg of our international programme of events, EMC Forum London will be a great opportunity to find out about our latest solutions, with hands-on demos, interactive session and a chance to network with your peers. For more information on the event, keep an eye on the Thought Feast blog or to secure your complimentary place, register here.

Have a look at this preview video featuring Rashmi Knowles:

Hand of Thief – the Trojan targeting Linux

RSA continues to discover new tools cybercriminals are using to attack unknowing members of the public. Following on from reporting about the commercialisation of the KINS banking Trojan, RSA has now revealed that a Russia based cybercrime team has its sights set on Linux users by offering a new banking Trojan. Like KINS, this appears to be a commercial operation with support agents and software developers.

This latest Trojan has been dubbed ‘Hand of Thief’ and has been designed to steal information from machines running the Linux operating system. While similar malware has been offered to developers, this targeted the Windows OS which has a significantly larger user base. This difference in potential reach has led to some commentators saying that the ‘Hand of Thief’ has been priced well over market value, as it is being sold within closed cybercrime communities for $2,000 USD.

For more detail on the ‘Hand of Thief’ and RSA, visit the RSA Speaking of Security blog

RSA’s approach to the cyber threat endorsed in new report

Last week, MPs sitting on the influential House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee published their first ever report on e-crime.

RSA assisted the inquiry by sharing our cyber security expertise in formal evidence. In April, our Executive Chairman Art Coviello gave oral evidence to the committee. During his evidence Art praised the key elements of the UK government’s 4-year, £650 million national cyber security strategy, and called for more collaboration and information sharing between the public and private sectors – which as I have blogged previously – is essential to detect and respond to today’s advanced persistent threats. RSA also submitted written evidence when the inquiry first opened in the summer of 2012, and you can find transcripts of all our submissions to the committee here.

In their report, the MPs reinforced many of these points, concluding that a “21st century response” was needed to tackle this 21st century threat. Having the right skills, both within law enforcement, but also more widely among the general population, is also essential given that many cyber attacks are still reliant on traditional social engineering techniques.

But a key initial step, the MPs said, was to have “up to date and accurate” figures on the actual level of the e-crime threat, and how it was evolving, in order to improve public understanding of cyber security issues, and help policymakers respond to them proportionately.

Having an accurate picture of the level of online fraud was particularly important, the committee said, because the victims are often unaware they have been targeted, or reluctant to come forward, leaving criminals able to act with “impunity” and make significant profits through the sheer volume of their activities.

Given that RSA’s own Anti-Fraud Command Centre, which works around the clock to track and combat cyber threats, regularly collects and publishes such data, and actually discovered an online criminal group advertising “fraud as a service” on Facebook during the course of the committee’s inquiry, we would be very happy to contribute to building this understanding.

EMC Heritage Trust Project grant awarded to two UK organisations

At the end of May we shared a post on the Heritage Trust project and how it was founded to recognise small local community programs, and award grants to help digitise historic or cultural artifacts. While the Heritage Trust Project is a smaller part of the larger Information Heritage Initiative program, the work is of vital importance. So far EMC has recognised 35 global projects with Heritage Trust grants, helping to advance the conservation of information heritage.

The Grant Winners

EMC Corporation announced that three local organisations have been recognised as 2013 EMC Heritage Trust Project grant recipients. The grants will support projects that practice and encourage the stewardship of cultural information in local communities in the UK and Brazil.

This year, two organisations from the UK, Kresy-Siberia Virtual Museum and Guernsey Evacuee Community Group, have been honored with a grant.

The Kresy-Siberia Virtual Museum commemorates the memories and supports Poland’s citizens who fought for freedom and survival against Soviet and German invaders in eastern Poland during World War II.

The Kresy-Siberia Virtual Museum is the product of the Kresy Siberia Foundation which started as an internet discussion forum known as the Kresy-Siberia Group. Founded in 2001, the aim of the group is “researching, remembering and recognising the Polish citizens deported, enslaved and killed by the Soviet Union during World War Two.”

The second organization, the Guernsey Evacuee Community Group, started in May 2008. Their first project involved interviewing individuals who fled Guernsey to mainland Britain in June 1940, days prior to the German Occupation of the Channel Islands.

Over 5,000 Guernsey children were evacuated with their school teachers, and many did not see their parents again for five long years. Much of what happened has only been passed on through conversation. The Guernsey Evacuees Oral History attempts to ensure these highly emotional events are recorded and available for all to consume for generations to come.

As Heritage Trust grant recipients, we hope these two organisations will be able to continue the valuable work of preserving cultural artifacts.