Yearly Archives: 2017

Extracurricular Cyber Clubs To Inspire And Identify Tomorrow’s Cyber Security Professionals

Thousands of teenagers are to be given intensive cyber security training and mentoring in extracurricular clubs as part of plans to address the risk of a future skills shortage, as the need for cyber security experts is set to skyrocket.

The Cyber Schools Programme aims to support and encourage schoolchildren to develop some of the key skills they would need to work in the growing cyber security sector and help defend the nation’s businesses against online threats.

Up to £20m is available to deliver an extracurricular school programme which will see an army of expert external instructors teaching, testing and training teenagers selected for the programme, with a comprehensive cyber curriculum expected to mix classroom and online teaching with real-world challenges and hands-on work experience.

The Cyber Schools Programme, led by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), is aimed at those aged between 14 and 18, with a target for at least 5,700 teenagers to be trained by 2021.

This programme is for students with the aptitude and enthusiasm for the subject. It aims to appeal to children from all backgrounds, including those currently underrepresented in cyber security jobs.

Cyber security is an exciting industry with strong job prospects. Recent figures from the Tech Partnership show there are already 58,000 cyber security specialists in a growing sector worth £22bn a year to the economy. This is part of the Government’s commitment to prepare Britain for the challenges it faces now and in the future.

Minister of State for Digital and Culture Matt Hancock said:

This forward-thinking programme will see thousands of the best and brightest young minds given the opportunity to learn cutting-edge cyber security skills alongside their secondary school studies. We are determined to prepare Britain for the challenges it faces now and in the future and these extracurricular clubs will help identify and inspire future talent.

Students will be expected to commit to four hours a week. This will include classroom-based and online-teaching with flexibility around exams and busier study periods.




The aim is for students to start aged 14 and complete a four-year programme. It will be delivered in modules, meaning older students can join at any point providing they meet the right criteria. The provider will have the flexibility to decide the most appropriate way to deliver the programme, and the pilot, to begin in September 2017, will be monitored and reviewed after the first year.

The programme is all part of the Government’s National Cyber Security Programme to find, finesse and fast-track tomorrow’s online security experts.

It includes the recently announced CyberFirst bursary funding scheme, which offers grants of up to £4,000 for up to 1,000 students by 2020 to study a relevant degree, do a placement or attend a summer school and, depending on meeting requirements, the chance to work in national security on graduation.

There are 2,500 free places on CyberFirst in 2017 and an additional CyberFirst Girls Competition, where teams of 13-to-15-year-old young women can pit their wits against one another to crack a series of online puzzles.

DCMS is also supporting leading employers in critical energy and transport infrastructure to train and recruit up to 50 highly skilled apprentices aged 16 and over to help defend essential services against cyber attacks. The Cyber Security Apprenticeships for Critical Sectors Scheme is open now for applications for those with a natural flair for problem solving and who are passionate about technology.

A Cyber Retraining Academy, launched in January, is also helping more than 50 high-aptitude people fast-track into the cyber security industry with a ten-week intensive training course.



Story via gov.uk

Windows 10 (Version 1607) Unable To Install KB3200970

  1. Check windows update for KB3197954
  1. Uninstall this update as this is the one that seems to cause the error – Reason: Checking the CBS.log file (located in c:\windows\logs\CBS) showed that Package 7 of KB3197954 was not installed.
  1. Copy the following file on to a notepad and save the file as “Repair.Bat”

net stop wuauserv

cd %systemroot%\SoftwareDistribution

ren Download Download.old

net start wuauserv

net stop bits

net start bits

net stop cryptsvc

cd %systemroot%\system32

ren catroot2 catroot2old

net start cryptsvc

  1. Run this Repair.Bat as Administrator
  1. Check if the c:\windows\system32\catroot2 has been renamed to c:\windows\system32\catroot2old
  1. Copy “Catroot2” file folder from c:\windows\system32 from a working PC where the updates have been installed successfully.
  1. Upon completing all the above reboot the PC.
  1. Post Restart, Check for updates.
  1. The updates should now download and install successfully.




The Scammers Who Warn You Of Scammers

We had to share this one with you.  Alongside the daily intake of spam we spotted this one.  All the rest wanted our money, but this guy is warning us that there is scammers about ! But he does want $240, have a read.

Attn:

I am Mardiani Nasution, I am an Indonasia Citizen living in the USA ,62 years Old. I reside in New Jersey. My residential address is 35 romney road Bound brook NJ ,USA 08805 United States, I am one of those that took part in the Compensation in Nigeria many years ago and they refused to pay me, I had paid over $28,000 while in the United States of America, trying to get my payment all to no avail.

So I decided to travel down to Nigeria with all my compensation documents, and I was directed to meet Mr Phillip Uba, who is the heads member of COMPENSATION AWARD COMMITTEE with the UNITED NATIONS, and I contacted him and he explained everything to me. He said whoever has been contacting us through emails are fake and I saw your name (in the Central Computer among the list of unpaid beneficiaries, contractors,Internet Dating Scam, lottery winners, inheritance next of kin, that was originated from West Africa, United Kingdom, Asia and US .Please i will want to advice you to stop all further communication with any parties ,bank or group of people claiming to be in charges of your fund,

He took me to the paying bank for my Compensation payment of $5,400,000.00 and he showed me the full list of EMAIL ADDRESS of those that are yet to receive their payments were I saw your EMAIL ADDRESS as one of the beneficiaries. This is why I decided to email you to stop dealing with wrong people, they are not with your fund, they are only making money out of you. I will advise you to contact Mr Phillip Uba

UNITED NATIONS COMPENSATION
Name: Mr Phillip Uba
Email: solutiongiver091@outlook.com
TEL:+234 9075009131
You really have to stop dealing with those people that are contacting you telling you that your fund is with them, it is not in anyway with them, they are only taking advantage of you and they will dry you up until you have nothing. The only money I paid after I met Mr Phillip Uba was just $240 for the paper work which you have to pay once you contact him and he’ll work it out for you, take note of that. Once again stop contacting those people, I will advise you to contact Mr Phillip so that he can help you to transfer your Fund into your account, instead of dealing with those liars that will be turning you around asking for different kind of money to complete your transaction.

Thank You

Maradiani

This e-mail had the subject “GOOD NEWS BENEFICIARY” and it was from site_reg@aol.com

Register My Appliance Day

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging residents to make their homes safer by taking part in Register My Appliance Day this Thursday (January 19).  The call comes as latest statistics show that Staffordshire  Fire and Rescue Service received 119 calls attributed to faulty appliances  or equipment in 2016. Appliance manufacturers are reminding their customers that they can instantly improve their home safety by taking a few minutes to register the white goods that they rely on every day, have never registered, and completely forget they own.

“Remembering to register household appliances is a vital part of keeping one’s home and family safe. These products are the workhorses of the home, often running daily and for many years, but it is all too easy to forget about them. Getting into the habit of spending a few minutes on www.registermyappliance.org.uk guarantees the household will receive any relevant safety messages from the manufacturer and they should respond immediately. This simple admin task should become second nature to anyone who is serious about home safety.”

Community Safety Lead James Russell

As part of the Fire Kills campaign, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is backing this sensible and simple precaution, to ensure that householders can be contacted swiftly if a safety repair is ever needed.

Those who register their January sale bargains or the thousands of older models already running in their homes, will be entered into a free draw for a range of prizes from many of the 60 leading brands on www.registermyappliance.org.uk(opens in a new window).
The latest YouGov survey for the Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances (AMDEA) has found that less than half (43 per cent) of British adults usually register their large domestic appliances with the manufacturer.  Of those that don’t always register, 39 per cent said this was because they forgot and 29 per cent didn’t think it was necessary.  Potentially they all risk missing out on product safety warnings.

According to recent official estimates, UK homes are currently using around 93 million (92.7m.) wet and dry large appliances. They are kept for ten or many more years yet, unlike cars, the vast majority are untraceable and have never had a health check.

The YouGov survey also revealed that 70 per cent of GB adults with a fridge or  fridge freezer over ten years old  have never had a professional review or check to verify if they are safely connected or running correctly.

The Service urges the public to register any recent purchases and not to forget about their older appliances:

Community Safety Lead James Russell said: “Remembering to register household appliances is a vital part of keeping one’s home and family safe. These products are the workhorses of the home, often running daily and for many years, but it is all too easy to forget about them. Getting into the habit of spending a few minutes on www.registermyappliance.org.uk(opens in a new window)  guarantees the household will receive any relevant safety messages from the manufacturer and they should respond immediately. This simple admin task should become second nature to anyone who is serious about home safety.
“It only takes a few minutes to register an appliance at it could save so much time and money in the long run if one their items does have a safety concern.”

On Register My Appliance Day manufacturers are sending reminders to over 4 million consumers. With supporters including RoSPA, Trading Standards, Citizens Advice, Electrical Safety First and the National Landlords Association using both regional press and social media to promote registration on www.registermyappliance.org.uk(opens in a new window)




Story via – Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service

£60 Million Tax Reform To Boost UK’s Digital Revolution

The UK’s digital revolution is set to benefit from a multi-million pound boost, under plans announced by Communities Secretary Sajid Javid.

A new Local Government Finance Bill published today (13 January 2017) will make it easier for companies to connect more homes and businesses across England to gold standard full fibre broadband and help get the UK ready for 5G by cutting the cost of laying the cables.

Currently telecoms networks pay business rates on the fibre infrastructure needed to deliver high quality broadband and mobile connectivity to their customers. The Bill introduced in Parliament will give these companies a tax break for up to 5 years on the new infrastructure they lay for full fibre broadband – a saving of £60 million, which can be reinvested in this work.

This new tax relief will not apply to existing infrastructure, giving companies an added incentive to move further and faster to get people connected to the best possible services as they become available.

The move is part of a £1 billion package of measures by the government, announced at Autumn Statement 2016, to help communities get digitally connected. The package also includes:

  • a £400 million Digital Infrastructure Investment Fund, at least matched by private finance, to invest in new fibre networks over the next 4 years
  • £740million funding to encourage the market development of full fibre networks in both urban and rural areas
  • a coordinated programme of integrated fibre and 5G trials, to keep the UK at the forefront of the digital revolution

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said:

We need to have the best possible digital technology and broadband connections if we’re to create an economy that works for all.

The Local Government Finance Bill will offer a £60 million boost to deliver ever-faster broadband connections, making UK PLC an ever-stronger competitor on the global stage.




Supporting local economic growth – in communities and online

The government is determined to create an economy that works for everyone, by giving councils and communities the powers they need to boost local economic growth.

The Local Government Finance Bill includes a range of measures to cut business rates for small businesses and local amenities and help local communities to thrive.

They include:

  • bringing rural rate reliefs into line with those in urban areas – currently, eligible small businesses in rural areas benefit from a 50% discount on their business rates. The Bill will double this, bringing it into line with rate reliefs in urban areas
  • rate reliefs on public toilets – councils are currently required to charge themselves business rates on the public toilets they are responsible for, and cannot grant themselves any rate reliefs. This Bill will change that, and allow councils to provide rate relief to all public toilets, making it cheaper for councils to keep them open in their areas.

This is on top of the biggest ever cut in business rates announced at the Budget – worth £6.7 billion over the next 5 years – which means 600,000 small businesses will never have to pay business rates again.

The Bill also lays the groundwork for historic reform to business rates so that, by 2020, local government will keep 100% of the business rates it collects.

From April 2017, this new approach will be piloted in London, Manchester and Liverpool, as well as the devolution deal areas of the West of England, Cornwall and the West Midlands.

This is a change local government has campaigned for, for years – and will put councils firmly at the heart of efforts to drive local economic growth, encouraging them to further support local firms and jobs and, in turn, ensure their communities see the benefits of increased local economic growth.

Whatsapp Hackers Can Now Steal Your Internet Banking Details

WhatsApp users should be made aware of a new scam that attempts to steal your bank account login details. Hackers are now targeting unsuspecting users with a mobile virus that is distributed via legitimate-looking Word document sent inside the application.

These documents are capable of seizing sensitive information from the users’ phone, such as online banking credentials and other personal data.  The documents that circulate via the messages are typically in Excel format, although Word and PDF files have been reported as well. The documents are able to access personal data on the phone, including banking credentials and PIN codes.

At the moment it is not known what else this virus does on a phone or tablet, or whether WhatsApp is taking any action to prevent the scam.

The best way to protect your phone or tablet is to avoid clicking on dubious links, no matter how, or who you receive them from, and limit app use to applications downloaded from official app stores.