Is Cyber Attacks in the UK our Biggest Threat?


Are we too complacent when it comes to the National Security of protecting sensitive data and personal sensitive information In the UK? What damage could this have if this was to fall into the wrong hands?

The population of the United Kingdom, do they actually know or understand the true nature of what a cyber-attack is and how this affects them and do they actually care?

The threat to our Nations personal security is at Risk at an alarming rate. Cyber criminals are becoming more sophisticated when it comes to cyber-attacks, stealing of sensitive data, personal sensitive information and now there is this threat of holding data to ransom.

What is a cyber-attack?

A cyber-attack is deliberate exploitation of computer systems, technology-dependent enterprises and networks. Cyber-attacks use malicious code to alter computer code, logic or data, resulting in disruptive consequences that can compromise data and lead to cybercrimes, such as information and identity theft.

Cyber-attack is also known as a computer network attack (CNA).

Techopedia explains Cyber-attack

Cyber-attacks may include the following consequences:

  • Identity theft, fraud, extortion
  • Malware, pharming, phishing, spamming, spoofing, spyware, Trojans and viruses
  • Stolen hardware, such as laptops or mobile devices
  • Denial-of-service and distributed denial-of-service attacks
  • Breach of access
  • Password sniffing
  • System infiltration
  • Website defacement
  • Private and public Web browser exploits
  • Instant messaging abuse
  • Intellectual property (IP) theft or unauthorized access

Ransomware attacks are an increasingly common and lucrative scheme for cybercriminals. They have struck police station systems, corporate networks, and the personal computers of countless Internet users.

An attack works by encrypting the data on a computer system, rendering it inaccessible to users. Criminals then extort victims in exchange for a decryption key.

Everyone knows we store information ONLINE.

What is the biggest threat to the UK?

  • Stealing of your Identity?
  • Stealing your product sensitive data?
  • injecting falsified data into ONLINE databases
  • Ransomware?

It is an alarming and worrying time, could 2016 be the year for cyber-attacks in the UK, why?, due to the increasing media coverage today and the vastly increasing attacks on some of the biggest names in the business for example McDonald’s, Google, iCloud, Anthem, Amazon to name a few. All use the most sophisticated cyber security on the market today, however what do these companies have in common? They have been ‘HACKED’.

Which of you hold the below documents?

  • Driving licence?
  • Passport?
  • ID card
  • Credit cards etc….

I can guess most, are you aware, your private sensitive information is the skeleton keys to the sophisticated hackers/fraudsters and counterfeiters who wish to steal this information to commit fraudulent claims or to commit other criminal activity unaware to you, until it it’s too late and the damage has been done, which in some cases can be irreversible. All your personal sensitive information is stored in an ONLINE server, FACT. I hate to be the bearer of bad new, however all ONLINE databases will be breached it is inevitable.

Which industries and organisations are affected by cyber-attacks, you will be surprised.

Pharmaceuticals, Secure Access Cards, Banking and Financial, Tax Stamps, Fashion and Accessories, Luxury Goods, Electronics and Components, Automotive and Aviation, Food and Beverage, Insurance Certificates/Diplomas, Alcohol and Tobacco , Medical Health Cards, MoD, Driving Licences and ID Cards, Credit Card, Passports, Healthcare Industries and many more…….

Are you a UK business, do you manufacture/produce products, do you export?

How much do you actually know about your own security when it comes to protecting your product sensitive data? Are you aware your company’s server could have been HACKED and falsified data injected into your ONLINE database of counterfeit products, endless barcodes printed and entered into your supply chain unaware to the server owner, are you aware of irreversible damage this can cause?

Are you a Healthcare Service provider, how do you secure patients sensitive information from a cyber-attack?

Are you prepared in the event your ONLINE server is breached and your patient’s sensitive information stolen, this can be used to make false claims for medical treatments, to inject falsified information to obtain prescribed drugs and to commit other criminal activity etc? This can go undetected for many years unknown to the patients.

How many business owners and Healthcare service providers would be in favour of taking their product sensitive data and patient’s personal sensitive information and storing this in a secure OFFLINE environment?

Due to the world’s first micro database less technology all product sensitive data and all patients personal sensitive information can be taken OFFLINE to prevent such a breach. This is the same for Driving licences, passports and other documents that store personal sensitive information of that individual holder.

Impact Brand Protection Ltd (IBP) use a patented cutting edge technology issued by Cryptocodex Ltd, who developed the most advanced and secure counterfeit protection, track & trace, and document security solutions in the world.

Impact Brand Protection Ltd, (IBP) is an authorised marketing and distribution firm for Six Degrees Counterfeit Prevention, LLC (6DCP), who is globally licensed by CryptoCodex Ltd to market and distribute MDLE (Micro Database Less Encapsulation), the most effective security solution for detecting superfluous, falsified, or adulterated products and documents, for detecting lost/stolen/diverted goods, and is track & trace ready to meet worldwide regulation.

MDLE features:

  • Low barrier to entry.
  • Encrypts an entire database record into a 2D barcode or other data carrier.
  • Decentralizes sensitive information and eliminates need for a central database.
  • Seamless integration into existing ERP

MDLE is protected by what we call “The Iron Ring” which is a secure ONLINE environment.

The Decryption Server stores ONLY the keys to authenticate the MDLE label.

The Decryption Server is protected by The Iron Ring, a revolutionary database less authentication method.

Even if the Decryption Server is hacked, no sensitive information will be exposed.

MDLE Supports Aggregation with its own individual encrypted payload and serial number secured in a 2D code on individual market packages. It supports secure Track & Trace, a security module that integrates into existing ERP and Track & Trace Software for Supply Chain Security, Secure Serialization, and Compliant with all Global Standards. The MDLE Log File Decryption (Key) Server authenticates and logs every scanning event in real time which can be exported to existing track and trace or ERP software.

With all of the data securely encrypted into the data capacitor, this technology is the world’s first micro database-less technology.

MDLE Supports Brand Loyalty Programs, Brand ambassadors can share incentives/coupons on social networks with all activity being traceable back to the original user.

MDLE Insurance Benefits;

Increases                                                                       Decreases

Security                                                                         Liability in a Breach

Detection Capability                                                  Breach Related Costs

Response Time                                                           Liability from Counterfeiting

Compliance                                                                 Liability from Diversion

Consumer Confidence                                              Liability from Product Recalls

Waiting for the inevitable is like waiting for a ticking time bomb. Who will act first the HACKER or YOU?

Steve Scully