The cybersecurity of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

A report on attitudes to information security a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, as exemplified in Star Wars: Episode IX. The long-awaited Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has finally hit the big screen. Not everyone has seen it yet, so we will not give away any spoilers or discuss the Death Star–size holes in the plot, or even the film’s artistic merits and demerits. We are interested in Episode IX solely from the standpoint of information security. So this post will cover…

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Let’s punish phishing victims… er, you want to do what?!

There is a big, hairy elephant in the room when it comes to phishing: Many organisations believe that it’s okay, or right, or that they have no choice other than to punish people who repeatedly fail phishing simulations. Are they right? Before we answer that, let’s remind ourselves exactly what phishing is. What is phishing? According to the NCSC, phishing… “describes a type of social engineering where attackers influence users to do ‘the wrong thing’, such as disclosing information or clicking a bad link.…

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