Arguably the world’s most popular cyber-security warning website has launched at-a-glance alert statuses following recent attacks.
The Security Wizardry Radar Page is used by all the world’s security agencies and is a free resource invented by British cyber security expert Andy Cuff.
It is updated constantly with the latest cyber threats and is used by governments and businesses to ensure that their networks are secure.
Andy, whose Bath-based company Computer Network Defence (CND) has a global team, wanted to add a simple method of cyber alerts.
They were devised so those within the cyber industry could see more quickly what the situation was and also to help those unfamiliar with cyber terminology.
The radar page – which also has an app for smartphones – now has alert statuses for general cyber safety and ones specifically for ransomware attacks.
The statuses are ‘guarded’, ‘increased’, ‘high’ and ‘critical’ and are marked with the colours blue, yellow, orange and red.
The ‘civilian’ interpretations of the alert levels are: ‘chillax’, ‘keep calm and carry on’, ‘wake up and smell the coffee’ and ‘OMG’. There are also military ones.
Andy, who created the website on his kitchen table a decade ago, never thought it would become the go-to resource for cyber information and receive 40,000 hits an hour.
Indeed, he was taken aback when he was watching a news item about America’s National Security Agency (NSA) and saw his website in the background on a huge screen while the President was being shown around.
Andy said: “The information is added to the radar page in real time, but we wanted a way of showing alert levels in an easy, at-a-glance way.
“We based them on existing alert codes so they will be familiar to some.
“Those who work in industry. in the military or government have the page on a big screen on the wall where they can view the status levels easily and instantly.
“It also allows those in IT or who run businesses or organisations to have an idea of whether they need to act on any threat or to take advice.
“Our app is also becoming very popular and with notifications turned on users will be told when an alert level changes.
“For example, when the cyber-attack that started in Ukraine began to gather momentum we upgraded to a ‘high’ level of alert.
“Our analysts, who work here, in the US and at our centre of the Isle of Man make the judgement based on the information as it comes in.
“It really is important to act quickly when there is a threat.
“Hackers can steal data, demand ransoms and even destroy a business. And because they can do it from anywhere in the world and often with the backing of a state they feel invincible.
“The radar page and new alert statuses give a valuable warning about cyber threats, which are not going to go away.
“With these alerts, anyone can stay informed about cyber threat levels and are able to act accordingly.”
Notes to editors:
Computer Network Defence (CND) was set up in Bath by Andy Cuff in 2001 and covers all aspects of information security. It has grown organically and now employs 50 staff. CND specialise in providing consultancy services focusing around the development, implementation and manning of Secure Operation Centres (SOCs) and complex Intrusion Prevention System deployments. It has a high number of skilled consultants and only provides products that are of the highest quality. CND also has a long-standing recruitment part of the business, which provides staff for all areas of the cyber security; in both private and public sectors.
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