Ian Barker

One third of retail security breaches come from third-party vulnerabilities

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The past year has seen a number of high profile security breaches involving retail businesses and there’s no sign of the trend slowing down.

Security ratings company BitSight Technologies has released some new research looking at the performance of 300 major US retailers over the past 12 months. It shows that 75 percent of retailers that suffered a data breach have improved their security effectiveness.

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When to find the best cyber shopping deals

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'Tis the season to go and spend lots of money, as we approach Thanksgiving (in the US), Christmas, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and other shopping opportunities.

With November and December sales expected to top $616 billion dollars, payment processing specialist Merchant Warehouse has produced an infographic looking at what to expect from the holiday shopping season.

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87 percent of the top 100 paid iOS apps available as hacked versions

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According to the third annual State of Mobile App Security report from application protection company Arxan Technologies, 87 percent of the top 100 paid iOS apps have been hacked.

Don’t feel smug if you're an Android user though as the report reveals 97 percent of the top 100 paid Android apps have been too. But whilst the Android figure is in line with previous years, the iOS percentage represents a jump from 2013 when 56 percent were found to have been hacked.

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Uncovering the real value of online reviews

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We've become used to the fact that for pretty much any product or service we want to buy there will be reviews available online to help us with our purchase decision.

These reviews matter to businesses as they can have an impact on sales. Open review community Trustpilot has carried out a survey looking at how online reviews can influence the bottom line.

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WatchDox finds and protects sensitive documents anywhere

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With more and more data stored in the cloud or accessed from corporate systems on mobile devices, security and regulation becomes a major concern.

Enterprise file sharing specialist WatchDox has announced a new solution to both detect and protect sensitive files everywhere, on every device.

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Beware the rise of the digital doppleganger

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Data breaches in large organizations have made the headlines in recent years and that’s led to a huge increase in the amount of personally identifiable information being traded online.

According to UK credit report company CreditExpert there's been a 300 percent jump in the amount of personal information being traded online since 2012.

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Microsoft acquisition boosts network defenses for enterprise customers

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With more businesses adopting cloud and hybrid environments, protecting data is more important than ever but it’s also more complex.

Microsoft is looking to improve protection for its enterprise customers with today's announcement that it has acquired Aorato, an innovator in enterprise security.

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New solution secures and masks sensitive data for Amazon RDS databases

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Securing data and making sure that it's stored in compliance with regulatory standards is a key task for all businesses, but it relies on knowing where the information is stored in the first place.

That isn't always as easy as it sounds but a new solution from database security specialist GreenSQL allows enterprises to easily identify all sensitive and regulated data fields across their Amazon Relational Database Service databases.

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Axway brings cloud B2B to Amazon Web Services

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Enterprises can be reluctant to move some functions into the cloud because of security and other concerns. So services that can allay these fears have big potential in the market.

Data flow specialist Axway already hosts secure private cloud portfolio solutions with AWS and has now announced that it’s making a Cloud B2B service available.

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The true cost of DDoS attacks on business

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DDoS attacks can be extremely disruptive to business but it can be hard to quantify that disruption in financial and business terms.

A new report by security company Incapsula collates responses from 270 North American organizations of varying sizes to gauge the true impact of attacks. The findings indicate that DDoS attacks are relatively common with 45 percent of the respondents indicating their organization has been hit at some point. Of these, almost all (91 percent) reported an attack during the last 12 months, and 70 percent were targeted two or more times.

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Software producers gear up for 'appification' of the enterprise

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As consumers we're used to being able to download apps for just about any purpose. As we come to expect this sort of flexibility in enterprise applications too, a shift is needed in the way software is delivered in order to keep us appy -- sorry!

A new report by Flexera Software in conjunction with IDC suggests that a transformation is under way, paving the way for software vendors and intelligent device makers, including IoT manufacturers, to profit from the 'appification' of the enterprise.

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Cloud application security suite protects against DDoS and other attacks

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Moving business applications to the cloud doesn't remove the need for securing them, in fact it potentially makes them more vulnerable.

Cloud application delivery service Instart Logic has announced a new Security Suite offering customers multi-layered protection against DDoS attacks and other cybersecurity threats.

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Companies add more physical security to combat BYOD risks

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According to a new survey carried out for security device specialist Kensington, 73 percent of executives recognize that BYOD presents greater risks for the organization.

However, 59 percent still approve the use of personal devices for business use and to address concerns 55 percent are planning to invest more in physical security.

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IT service problems are a weekly occurrence for over half of businesses

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We all experience the frustration caused by IT issues from time to time, but a new survey by Forrester on behalf of operations performance specialist PagerDuty reveals that 55 percent of IT and business decision makers in the US experience IT service problems at least once a week.

What's more worrying is that 53 percent found out about the problems via users or external customers rather than through internal monitoring tools. Also 54 percent of respondents said their companies lacked adequate incident and problem management processes or didn't provide enough information to identify where the problem comes from.

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Secure mobile platform helps smaller businesses adopt BYOD

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Allowing employees to use their own devices for work is increasingly popular, but it can present problems for smaller businesses when it comes to implementing the technology and keeping it secure.

California-based hopTo has an answer for small and medium businesses in the form of its mobile productivity platform hopTo Work. The platform provides instant BYOD functions with a flexible and secure mobile workspace.

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