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Enterprise workers want more transparency around cybersecurity

The nature of cybersecurity is such that much of the work goes on in the background. People notice when there's a problem but not when there isn't.

A new report from CybSafe shows that 31 percent of enterprise workers in the US and UK would like to see more transparency around what the cybersecurity team does.

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How IBM is supporting developers with AI education [Q&A]

In May of last year, IBM launched watsonx, its enterprise-ready AI and data platform, and made it generally available in July.

Alongside this it has launched some new free generative AI educational courses and content to help developers and IT practitioners build their AI and open source skills. We spoke with Savio Rodrigues, vice president, ecosystem engineering and developer advocacy at IBM to learn more.

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Tails 6.0 Linux distribution: The ultimate privacy shield to thwart 'Big Brother'

Tails 6.0, the newest version of the privacy-focused Linux distribution, is now available for download. It is notable for being the first version of Tails to be based on Debian 12 (Bookworm) and use the GNOME 43 desktop environment. This update also introduces a host of new features, security enhancements, and usability improvements, alongside updated versions of the majority of the software included in Tails.

In Tails 6.0, users will find a new error detection feature for the Persistent Storage, which alerts them about errors when reading or writing from the Tails USB stick. This helps in diagnosing hardware failures and prompts users to backup their Persistent Storage before it's too late. The update also brings automatic mounting of external devices. When an external storage device is plugged in, Tails 6.0 mounts it automatically, and if the device contains an encrypted partition, it offers to unlock the encryption automatically.

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Microsoft fixes slow loading taskbar issue in Windows 11

Microsoft released a new build to the Beta insider channel for Windows 11 this week. The build does not introduce any spectacular new features to the operating system, but it addresses several annoying issues.

One of them has plagued me on my HP EliteBook laptop for several weeks. Whenever I booted into Windows 11 on the device, the taskbar would not show up initially. It took several seconds, sometimes even a bit longer, before it finally appeared on the screen.

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Over 80 percent of organizations have open ports on public-facing cloud assets

A new report reveals that 81 percent of organizations have public-facing neglected cloud assets with open ports, making them prime targets for attackers who routinely perform reconnaissance to detect exposed ports and known vulnerabilities.

The report from Orca Security is based on analysis of data from billions of cloud assets on AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, Oracle Cloud, and Alibaba Cloud scanned by the Orca Cloud Security Platform in 2023.

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Durabook R8-EX and U11-EX rugged Windows 11 tablets can prevent explosions

Durabook has launched two new rugged tablet models, the R8-EX (8-inch) and U11-EX (11.6-inch), designed to withstand the challenges of environments where the risk of explosion is a constant concern. In other words, these computers can prevent explosions by not igniting substances. These new tablets come equipped with Windows 11 and are certified to meet the European Union's ATmosphères EXplosibles (ATEX) Zone 2/22 certification, making them ideal for use in places where gases, vapors, dust, and other explosive substances are prevalent.

The ATEX certification is a crucial requirement for businesses operating in hazardous environments, such as oil and gas refineries and pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities. It ensures that the devices can be safely used in areas where explosive atmospheres in the form of gas, vapor, mist, dust, or fibers may occur. This certification is particularly valuable for multinational enterprises with operations or clients in the EU, as it helps them comply with the region's workplace safety requirements.

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74 percent of codebases have high-risk open source vulnerabilities

The percentage of codebases with high-risk open source vulnerabilities -- those that have been actively exploited, have documented proof-of-concept exploits or are classified as remote code execution vulnerabilities -- increased from 48 percent in 2022 to 74 percent in 2023, according to new research.

The Open Source Security and Risk Analysis (OSSRA) report from Synopsys is based on findings from more than 1,000 commercial codebase audits across 17 industries. While codebases containing at least one open source vulnerability remain consistent year-on-year at 84 percent, significantly more codebases contained high-risk vulnerabilities in 2023.

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Fewer than half of IT leaders confident in their IoT security

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A new survey from Viakoo shows that only 50 percent of IT leaders are confident in their Internet of Things security and that 55 percent of IoT cyber incidents could have been prevented with better security measures.

In addition 71 percent say they wish they had started their IoT security efforts differently in order to remediate issues faster.

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Something didn't go as planned! Microsoft confirms Windows 11 security update is failing with 0x800F0922 errors

Windows 11 on convertible laptop

Microsoft has confirmed yet another problematic update for Windows 11. This time around it is the KB5034765 update from earlier this month -- an update supposed to deliver security fixes.

People installing the KB5034765 update on Windows 11 22H2 or Windows 23H2 may find that the process hangs at 96 percent and causes a 0x800F0922 error. This is not the first time this update has been found to cause issues, but it is the first problem Microsoft has confirmed it with this particular security patch.

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Successful phishing attacks decline but consequences get worse

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A new report shows that 66 percent of organizations in the UK experienced at least one successful phishing attack in 2023 compared to 91 percent the previous year.

However, the study from Proofpoint shows the negative consequences of attacks have soared, with a 30 percent increase in reports of financial penalties, such as regulatory fines, and a 78 percent increase in reports of reputational damage.

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Kingston launches Canvas React Plus V60 SD card

Kingston has released the Canvas React Plus V60 SD memory card. This new addition to the Canvas React family is designed to meet the needs of UHS-II photography enthusiasts, offering high speeds and large storage capacities.

The Canvas React Plus V60 SD card is aimed at professional photographers and budget-conscious creatives alike. It boasts speeds of up to 280MB/s and storage capacities of up to 1TB, enabling photographers to capture and store large volumes of high-resolution images and videos. The card’s write speed of up to 150MB/s is particularly beneficial for capturing fast-action shots and 4K Ultra HD videos without lag or interruptions.

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Transcend unveils MTS570P: A compact SSD for edge environments

Transcend has unveiled the MTS570P SSD, which is a cutting-edge solution designed to boost storage reliability in embedded systems. The MTS570P is not just any ordinary SSD; it comes equipped with Power Loss Protection (PLP), making it an ideal choice for edge servers, Internet of Vehicles (IoV) systems, network switches, Point of Sale (POS) machines, and other edge devices.

Nowadays, where embedded systems are increasingly deployed in rugged environments, the importance of data integrity cannot be overstated. The PLP feature of the MTS570P addresses this critical need by ensuring data integrity during unstable power supply conditions or unexpected power failures. This enhancement significantly improves system reliability and safety, providing a stable and secure storage solution.

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Silicon Power QD50 portable charger is designed for on-the-go power needs

Nowadays, keeping your devices charged is absolutely essential. The Silicon Power QD50 portable mini charger aims to address this need with its compact design and charging capabilities. The QD50 boasts 20W PD fast charging technology, which can charge devices like the iPhone 15 Pro or Galaxy S23 Ultra to 50 percent in approximately 30 minutes.

The charger's small size, measuring 78.6 x 46.5 x 25.1mm and weighing 95g, makes it convenient for travel. With a 5000mAh battery, the QD50 can provide a full charge for devices, such as the aforementioned iPhone 15 Pro or Galaxy S23 Ultra smartphones.

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Navigating the 2024 IT landscape: The essential role of governance

This year, IT teams across the globe are facing a tech landscape that’s undergoing a major transition. Cybersecurity has emerged as a paramount concern, with escalating threats and sophisticated cyber-attacks posing significant risks to business operations.

At the same time, the widespread move towards cloud adoption introduces complexities in managing data across different platforms, making it essential for companies to follow strict data management and oversight practices.

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Windows 12 Gaming Edition is the Microsoft operating system gamers need!

Gamers who want to get the most from their rigs will usually have to tweak Windows to disable unwanted resource hogs and boost performance. Although Microsoft does like to promote Windows 11 as the perfect OS for gaming, it isn’t dedicated to that noble pursuit.

Although Windows 12 has yet to be officially announced, a version of that OS just for gaming would be welcomed by the huge number of PC gamers out there, myself included.

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