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The second edition of a business-development focused cyber security challenge, the Cyber 10K, has concluded – with the worthy winner receiving £10,000 to further develop an innovative security dashboard tool. The challenge was run by the information assurance firm NCC Group supported by a judging panel including your …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Erm

    I dont mean to downplay the good work here but doesnt this product already exist? There are countless tools which people can download for free which give a report on patch status, AV etc.

    There are even more (countless+1 ?) which come from AV vendors....

    1. Lee D Silver badge

      Re: Erm

      And a school network manager should already be on top of such things and aware of several products that do just that.

      Hell, even Windows Network Authentication (RADIUS etc.) can deny access if you don't have the latest patches, or an up-to-date antivirus, before you even get into products aimed at this.

      Even previously, there are tons of freeware and other things that will warn about out-of-date software, including Windows patches, bad copies of Adobe Flash or Java, etc. and recommended upgrades. Any decent Enterprise Console antivirus can do the same. Any decent patching or software update system. Any device MDM solution.

      Sure, it may not be "home" use, but that's hardly a groundbreaking insight to say "normal users need this too". Hell, I've seen any number of software installers that will refuse to run if certain components are out of date or insecure - some of them even for games!

      And I speak as a school network manager myself.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Shouldn't be needed

    If by default software was kept up to date and "home" versions continually rolled forwards with a central registry built into the OS (yesterday my flash (Tv catch up player alas, click to flash installed though), java (minecraft unfortunately, though the web plugin is disabled) and windows (10) all updated in three differing processes). I understand perfectly that the commercial world requires staggered updates, but home versions should have a continual update and emergency partition should an update be pulled to recover the system.

    But the main thing here is you can see it's come out of education and Joe Public and Jane Workforce don't want to learn and have refused to do even after many of years of being told not to click on that document / link in the email. In fact you really want people to learn, have an alert every time in email programs that can never be disabled asking the user if they really know the sender, trust the sender, if this is a typical message? because attempting to teach people hasn't worked since before Kournikova.

    1. Electron Shepherd

      Re: Shouldn't be needed

      In fact you really want people to learn, have an alert every time in email programs that can never be disabled asking the user if they really know the sender, trust the sender, if this is a typical message?

      All this will do is teach people that whenever they read an e-mail, there's an extra pop-up window they have to get rid of. They won't learn anything about security - they'll just learn that computers are now a little it more annoying.

    2. Pascal Monett Silver badge
      Coat

      Re: Shouldn't be needed

      They tried that. It was called Windows Vista.

      You might recall that it didn't work out all that well.

      1. Sir Runcible Spoon Silver badge

        Re: Shouldn't be needed

        I'm one of those weirdo's who liked Vista *because* of that pop-up.

        Didn't bother me that every time I went to do something that required admin rights I had to authorise it. Annoying for a bit, but you get used to it and it's a lot easier than a tidy-up exercise for clicking the wrong link.

  3. lansalot

    ...

    10 grand for that?

    Fuck me.... what must the other entries have been like !

    Already exists anyway:

    https://ninite.com/updater/

    http://www.flexerasoftware.com/enterprise/products/software-vulnerability-management/personal-software-inspector/

    1. securityfiend

      Re: ...

      Secunia CSI, PSI...?

  4. securityfiend

    Secunia PSI / CSI, Ninite.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Big Brother

    "Perhaps the problems in these areas are so severe that they are putting would-be developers off."

    Yup. That's about the size of IT. --->

    Interesting you chose to share your discussions with MSFT/NSA via their "Skype" project too.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Linux

    Is there a Linux version?

    '"Defence in Depth" has already reached the prototype stage, with Windows 7 as the initial target platform'

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Linux

      Re: Is there a Linux version?

      sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

      (alternative incantations and clicking exercises are available)

  7. Why Not?
    Pint

    I suppose we should be grateful someone entered and won a prize as its so easy I can see why the armchair experts didn't enter.

    Next time Linus & Bill won't have a look in.

    Its a simple idea and it has been done partially already but a few more competitors are a good thing in such a market.

    Congrats Ross - Icon is obvious

  8. Andy Davies

    reached the prototype stage, with Windows 7 as the initial target platform

    So lesson 1 has been learnt - you can't keep up with the big boys, everything changes too fast.

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