Cyber-attacks hit half of UK businesses in 2016 – will the political parties be next?
The number of UK businesses that suffered a cyber- attack doubled last year, with almost half of firms detecting a breach in 2016.
Now, James Norton, a leading security researcher, has warned that a British political party will be the victim of a hack similar to those suffered by the Clinton and Macron presidential campaigns.
Norton, a former official at the US Department of Homeland Security, said: “It wouldn’t surprise me if there’s already been some emails stolen … it would surprise me if it didn’t happen.”
“Campaigns are a treasure trove, especially newer campaigns where you’re trying to understand the dynamics … I would think they would be targets, if they’re not already, in terms of trying to understand what their politics would be. Even Theresa May is largely an unknown.” He continued.
Dick O’Brein, a threat researcher at the security company Symantec, agreed that a hack like that on Macron ‘may well happen again’, despite the snap election.
“The nature of elections means that politicians are ripe for attack. Governments are well secured, political parties not so much. And then a campaign expands from a core party into a much more ad hoc organisation. That’s where you see people using resources, cloud services, with email, that they really wouldn’t use in a more permanent organisation. That really opens up the surface for an attack.”
Unlike other election campaigns, British ones are much more fragmented, and have more local power than French or US campaigns. In terms of security, a fragmented campaign is both a blessing and a curse; it offers compartmentalisation, which ensures that low-level breaches do not leak data, but increases the number of potential targets that are available to an attacker.
James Norton has argued that regular, deliberate training is needed to prevent a costly and damaging hack. Ryan Kalember, head of cybersecurity strategy at Proofpoint, backed Norton’s warning, saying: “Campaigns in elections around the world must ensure that they have implemented proper defences around phishing, including email security and multi-factor authentication, ideally via hardware keys,”
Supply Chain Leader TransImpact Refreshes Identity
Supply chain and logistics leader Transportation Impact today unveils a new corporate identity to reflect its expansion beyond shipping and evolution into an end-to-end supply chain technology solutions provider.
The organisation will be known as TransImpact, today unveiling the new name, a refreshed logo and branding, and an updated website at www.transimpact.com. The new tagline ‘Driving Value. Creating Next’ highlights its new motivation and strategy to evolve its business and ‘create a foundation for new opportunities’.
The Evolution of TransImpact
Branding research revealed to TransImpact that the company has built a strong, industry-wide reputation for agility and innovation over the past 12-plus years, during which it has primarily been known as a pioneer in the parcel negotiation industry. Investment into its new visual and corporate identity reflects that shift, says Berkley Stafford, CEO, TransImpact.
“The name TransImpact is a natural evolution from our original name, Transportation Impact,” Stafford said. “As we evolved to support clients beyond shipping, this new name better reflects our new future as a technology company delivering solutions across the entire supply chain continuum.”
Today’s rebrand is the latest step in TransImpact’s evolution. The company acquired supply chain business intelligence platform Vizion360 in January 2021, and now provides a suites of Software as a Service (Saa) technologies, consultancy, and managed services across its Parcel Solutions, Business Performance Solutions, and Managed Logistics Solutions divisions.
Who Are TransImpact?
- Founded: 2008
- Employees: 150
- Customers: 1000+
- Headquarters: Emerald Isle, North Carolina
- CEO: Berkley Stafford
TransImpact is an industry leader in the development and application of end-to-end technology-based solutions that optimise supply chain operations. It serves more than 1,000 customers, including global organisations such as jeweller Pandora, fashion and footwear brand Toms, and sports equipment company Ping. TransImpact manages over $1bn in logistics spend, and clients that leverage its parcel solutions save an average of 19.7%.
TransImpact is led by chief executive Berkley Stafford, a former UPS man and, more recently, Head of Healthcare Sales, the Americas, for Envirotainer. Stafford has been instrumental in TransImpact’s vision to move beyond shipping, and is a strong advocate for IMPACT1, the company’s philanthropic initiative through which more than $1m has been donated to charitable causes. He holds a BSc in Business Administration from The University of North Carolina at Wilmington.