CJCH Solicitors to create 71 jobs in Cyber Security with backing from Welsh Government.

CJCH Solicitors have embarked on an ambitious journey to create a staggering 71 new jobs within the Anti-Piracy and Cyber Security speciality in Wales by year-end 2020.  We are proud to reiterate the announcement made by the Welsh Government, revealing their support of our new global IP Anti-Piracy Unit at our Cardiff head office.

CJCH has been at the heart of digital piracy and Intellectual Property compliance in Wales, with an international impact. In 2014, our Intellectual Property practice launched its internal Anti-Piracy and Compliance consultancy. Our team developed a customised solution for our international clients, to protect their work product and recover lost revenues from software infringements.

Ken Skates, Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure, said “IP piracy, which can range from copyright theft or infringement to counterfeit goods, is a growing global issue that can cause untold damage to businesses, to their protected and valued brands and the economy. ”

Infringements of this nature are a form of cyber crime which impacts business globally, depriving them of revenue and compromising their intellectual property rights. CJCH have tackled this issue head-on and cultivated a bespoke solution for companies suffering from this invasion.

The purpose of this partnership with the Welsh Government is to leverage our thought leadership and create a central hub for Anti-Piracy and Cyber Security in Wales. We intend to bring global best practice into Wales while developing local talent as well. Our 2020 goal, is to have established 71 new jobs in this field, as well as contribute to making the United Kingdom and global digital community a safer and more secure environment. We will be partnering with local businesses and academic institutions, such as Swansea University, to cultivate development and training programs to support this initiative, with specialist content aligned to business needs.

Stephen Clarke, the CJCH CEO, stated “The modern world of digital liberty and innovation offers greater access to information and narrows the global divide. Unfortunately, the digital economy brings with it a growing sophistication in criminal activity. Without proper defences, digital piracy exposes businesses to uncontrollable risk and vulnerability. Our solution enables us to partner with our clients to establish a proactive (protection) and reactive (recovery) governance model. Our goal is to share this experience with the community and grow the local capability in cyber security.”

As of 6 March 2017, CJCH Solicitors has been awarded a £432 000 grant from the Welsh Government to support our active project to establish this new entity. Our objective is to aggressively drive the development of Cyber Security and Anti-Piracy enforcement in collaboration with skills development and knowledge transfer. Making Wales, and the UK, a more secure and impenetrable digital landscape.

For more information and updates, email us at ip@cjch.co.uk or engage with us via Facebook, twitter or LinkedIn.

Managing IP Infringements for small to medium enterprises

A word from Tony (Senior Compliance & Investigator Consultant)

At CJCH Solicitors we look to the future of commerce to tackle the questions facing international compliance and governance head-on. Through our ongoing efforts to combat software licencing infringements and anti-piracy on behalf of our clients we have identified potential gaps in the capabilities of small to medium enterprises (SME’s), in particular, in protecting their intellectual property (IP) rights. As a result of the sheer volume of web-based IP infringements it is impractical for many SME’s to identify, monitor and control incidents on their own. The skills and resources to combat the risks associated with this commercially damaging crime are simply not readily available to all SME’s or, in some instances, even larger organisations.

Over time we at CJCH have expanded our offering to address these pain points and support our clients where they need it most – a sturdier and more robust solution than that which they can provide for themselves.

Our services include an automated IT capability which can:

  • detect the scale at which your assets are being infringed
  • actively seek their de-listing from host sites
  • track that the delisting has actually taken place

Our process, including the intervention of our law enforcement trained investigators, is proven to achieve results swiftly and accurately, while being scalable to suit individual demand. With our ability to proactively monitor our clients IP assets and, if required, seamlessly transition the matter for legal action, CJCH are at the forefront of IP protective services.


Black Friday-Cyber Monday A threat to cyber security for individuals and businesses!

Black Friday-Cyber Monday

 
 

A threat to Cyber Security for individuals and businesses!

 Man shopping online black Friday Cyber Monday iPAD deals protect yourself cyber security

It is fast approaching the busiest weekend of the year for online retail.  ‘Black Friday’ weekend culminating in ‘Cyber Monday’, a period in which online retailers advertise their most attractive deals for a limited period in the hope of gaining lucrative profits in the run up to Christmas.  As billions of people prepare to bag the best bargains online and simultaneously swerve the scrum that is high street shopping over the Christmas Period, cyber criminals too are preparing for their most profitable weekend of the year.

 

A report* on last years’ Black Friday Sales confirms that the most common time for victims to initially make contact with hacker was on 28 November-1 December (coinciding with last years ‘Black Friday-Cyber Monday’ weekend).  UK online sales on ‘Black Friday’ weekend have increased 36% year on year to £1.1 billion in 2015. During this time it is more important than ever to be vigilant online.

 

Scams and how to avoid them:

 

EMAILS

 

Email are a common way for a scammer to entice an online shopper into offering personal and/or bank details in the belief that they are providing this information to a trusted source.
These fraudulent emails can also trick people into opening malicious attachments, or clicking on links that take them to fraudulent websites which may steal details such as usernames, passwords, as well as other sensitive information.  They may also contain malware that can embed itself and then corrupt your smart phone, tablet or laptop.   Email ‘spoofers’, will often disguise their email address as a bank, a well-known company, or a friend or family member.

To avoid falling victim to this form of online cybercrime you should;

• Know how to spot the warning signs of a hoax email including;
-An unknown sender
-Contains misspellings designed to fool spam filters. (letters replaced by numbers i.e. 0ffer)
-Contains attachments, which could include .exe files.
• Do not reply to unsolicited emails from companies you don’t recognize.

 

Also to look out for over the season: e-cards.  eCards have become very popular over the past few years.  A legitimate-looking eCard may contain an invitation to click on a link to supposedly open your card, but is in fact phishing for personal or financial information.

 

MAKING PAYMENTS ONLINE
 Credit card fraud. Protect yourself online from hackers.
Cyber crime is up 20% since 2014 and is the fastest growing economic crime.
Figures from last Christmas show that individuals and businesses reported losing £16,426,989 to online fraudsters.
When purchasing online the following precautions should be taken;

 

• Research the site you’re buying from before purchasing anything.  Customer Reviews if available are also an indication of whether a company is reputable (Unless there are only very few reviews, in which case these too may be fraudulent)
• Don’t make payments on an unsecured Wi-Fi connection or an open server.
• Paying by credit card offers greater protection than with other methods in terms of fraud.
• There should be a padlock symbol in the browser window frame, which appears when you attempt to log in or register. Be sure that the padlock is not on the page itself-this will probably indicate a fraudulent site.
• The web address should begin with ‘https://’. The ‘s’ stands for ‘secure’.
• Some websites will redirect you to a third-party payment service (such as WorldPay). Ensure that these sites are secure before you make your payment.
• Remember, when you’re making a payment online you will be asked for your CVV (3 digit number on the back of your card.)  You will never be asked for your PIN or any internet banking passwords.
• Ensure you have effective and updated antivirus/antispyware software and firewall running before you go online.

Also beware mobile payments-always ensure that you install software app updates as soon as they’re available for your device.  Install anti-virus software on your devices and remember to keep it updated.  Some forms of malware can intercept and steal the payment details you enter into online shopping or banking sites.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

The good news is £345m in online businesses and consumer detriment have been prevented in the past two years’.
Lord Toby Harris, Chair, National Trading Standards, said:

“Scams today can reach more people than ever before as criminals manipulate digital technology and online platforms to access a larger pool of potential victims.
To help tackle counterfeiting on social media, the National Trading Standards eCrime Team is working with partners in the National Markets Group and the Intellectual Property Office on a landmark operation to tackle piracy on social media. This has seen 129 investigations launched, nearly 10,000 images removed from social platforms and 309 warning notices issued.”

 

The trend of criminals selling fake products on social media platforms – where it is easier to conceal their identity and disguise contact details – is expected to grow. This often sees criminals disguising themselves as well-known brands, before luring users to their external sites with low prices.
So this ‘Black Friday’ weekend, remember to be cautious while shopping online-always think twice before making any payments or opening unknown links.

 

Information in this article was obtained from the following websites;

 

*Report carried out by South London Police Force