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Cloud hyperscalers get more involved in open source

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Amazon, Microsoft, and Google are getting more employees involved in open source than ever before according to new analysis.

A study from Aiven of GitHub, the repository hosting service, finds the total number of active contributors to GitHub from Amazon, Microsoft, and Google has increased by 300 percent in six years -- from 2,654 contributors in May 2016 to 10,549 in May 2022.

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The changing role of the CISO [Q&A]

The IT infrastructure of a modern enterprise is made up of a complex architecture of dynamic networks, cloud deployments, software applications, and endpoint devices.

Each of these has its own set of security controls, which form a critical part of the technology ecosystem, but managing these systems can hinder efficient threat detection and response, which in turn compromises visibility, allowing vulnerabilities and gaps to flourish.

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Why data security is no longer optional

Security breaches cost more than just money. Investing in data security today prevents long-term negative consequences that cost your business time, money, and reputation. Acquiring threat intelligence data is a primary step in preventing cyberattacks, and web scraping is the method of choice for many modern data-driven businesses.

Business and personal activities are increasingly being digitized. Whether you are simply taking your temperature with a connected thermometer or sending products across complex supply chains, enterprises continuously collect data to improve services and refine operational processes.

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Google Cloud and Google Workspace now support multiple SSO IdPs

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Google has announced an expansion of its sign-in options. The company is opening up google Workspace, Google Cloud and BeyondCorp Enterprise so users can take advantage of single sign-on (SSO) from multiple third-party identity providers.

Google has long-supported SSO using the SAML protocol from a single identity provider (IdP), but the company recognizes that times are changing. Support for multiple SAML-based identity providers instead of just one is something that will benefit many customers.

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Your current cybersecurity approach creates systemic vulnerabilities

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Verizon recently released its 2022 Data Breach Investigations Report, giving businesses vital insights into the state of cybersecurity around the world. Containing an analysis of over 23,000 incidents and 5,200 confirmed breaches over 15 years, Verizon attributes the number-one motive of cyberattacks to financial gain. Almost four out of five breaches were attributable to organized crime seeking to extort businesses of hefty ransomware sums, backed by insurance pay-out.

Verizon has also estimated that there has been a 13 percent increase in ransomware breaches -- this is more than in the last 5 years combined. Additionally, 82 percent of cyber breaches involved a human element, namely through stolen credentials, phishing, misuse or simply an error.

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Is risk-aversion holding back cloud maturity?

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As we all know by now, the "cloud" is not just another "IT thing" that only IT people should care about. This is because every organization that has understood this principle has triumphed. Unfortunately, a significantly higher number have merely paid lip service to this idea. To them, the cloud is just another IT thing. The cloud enables a pace of change that companies of the past could have only ever dreamed of. Instead of waiting 6 months to deploy a new app, you can have the idea in the morning and have it deployed company-wide by the afternoon.

At least that’s the theory. But how many of us have seen this happen in reality? The problem is not a technical one. Most organizations could work at this "cloud pace," but most don’t. They might have the technology, leadership support, budget etc. to operate at this "same day" pace, but they don’t. Why not?

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Will Microsoft never learn? The company hits paid-up Office 2021 users with ads for Microsoft 365

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There are various business models for software these days, ranging from simple purchases to subscriptions. There are also freemium apps and games that are cost-free but feature advertising. If you have spent money on software, you might rightly expect it to be free from ads, but not in the case of Microsoft Office 2021.

Microsoft is certainly no stranger to using its products -- such as Windows 11 -- as platforms to advertise other products and services. Office 2021 is just the latest example, with Microsoft using the software -- for which users have paid a one-off fee -- to advertise the subscription-based its Microsoft 365 products.

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Why security training is key to improving cybersecurity posture

The threat landscape is constantly evolving and the shift to hybrid has only widened the attack surface. Today, organizations continue to be in the firing line as cybercriminals exploit their most used application: emails. The proliferation of phishing and business email attacks have seen hackers targeting the biggest corporate security weakness; employees.

Threat actors target workers because they are seen as the weakest link. Cybercriminals are thriving by targeting and exploiting staff, especially those who haven’t received effective user education and training. As the attack surface expands and threats become more sophisticated, organizations must reinvent the wheel by changing their approach to cybersecurity. Where should they start? With training employees and providing omnipresent tools and technology to prevent, detect, and recover from even the most sophisticated of attacks.

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Flying high: Could drones help address the delivery crisis?

The UK has been experiencing a shortage of delivery drivers in recent years. So much so, Amazon enticed part-time workers with up to £3,000 in incentives to ensure this didn’t affect profits during the festive period.

As well as this, according to the Road Haulage Association, the industry was short of more than 100,000 HGV drivers in June 2021. This was due to a number of factors, from barriers to obtaining a license to the introduction of Brexit.

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What you need to know about prototype pollution and how it affects JavaScript

No, this is not about solid waste generated with the production of prototypes or models for different products. Prototype pollution here refers to a critical cyber threat rated 10/10 on the CVSS scale of severity.

In a paper published in July this year, entitled "Silent Spring: Prototype Pollution Leads to Remote Code Execution in Node.js," security researchers revealed a serious vulnerability that affects prototype-based languages like JavaScript and the Node.js platform. This threat involves injecting properties into an object's root prototype at runtime and causes the execution of legit code gadgets.

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Attacks on healthcare organizations increase 90 percent

There has been a 90 percent increase in the number of healthcare organizations targeted by cyber-attacks, in comparison with the first quarter of 2022.

The latest cyber threat Landscape report from Kroll finds that while phishing continues to be the vector used for initial access, there has been a vast increase in external remote services (such as VPNs and RDP environments) being compromised, up 700 percent.

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Microsoft is launching a new PowerToys utility -- Screen Ruler

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The last few PowerToys updates have been slightly disappointing (but only slightly) in as much as they have been largely bug-fixing releases, and have not included any new toys to play with. This is about to change.

Microsoft has a new utility in the pipeline, and its name gives you a very good idea of what it does: Screen Ruler. Perfect for all sorts of design work, the tool will let you measure the distance between two points on your screen in a number of ways.

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Best Windows apps this week

Five-hundred-and-three in a series. Welcome to this week's overview of the best apps, games and extensions released for Windows 10 and 11 on the Microsoft Store and elsewhere in the past seven days.

Microsoft published a warning this week that a recent update has broken XPS viewing. Microsoft also released a new Windows 11 build; this one enabled File Explorer tabs for all users.

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Why run your database in Kubernetes? [Q&A]

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Kubernetes is one of the most widely used platforms for running containerized applications. Many businesses though still run their databases in a more traditional environment.

Of course there's no reason why you can't run a database in Kubernetes and there are many advantages to doing so. We spoke to Karthik Ranganathan, founder and CTO of cloud-native database specialist Yugabyte, to discuss the pros and cons.

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Following bug-related delay, Ubuntu Linux 22.04.1 LTS (Jammy Jellyfish) is finally here

Earlier this month, we shared the news that Ubuntu 22.04.1 LTS (code-named "Jammy Jellyfish") was being delayed. Sadly, the first point release of this wildly popular operating system version was being pushed back an entire week -- an absolute eternity in the world of Linux.

Well, folks, a week has passed, and thankfully, Canonical stayed true to its word (this time) and sorted the show-stopping Ubuntu Linux 22.04.1 issue. Yes, the major bug that caused snaps not to open on computers that used the OEM install option is now resolved. Even better, starting today, Canonical will being prompting Ubuntu 20.04 users to upgrade to Jammy Jellyfish.

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