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Enterprise security leaders think traditional methods aren't meeting modern threats


A new study of 200 IT security decision makers working at organisations with more than 1,000 employees in the UK reveals that 89 percent think traditional approaches don't protect against modern threats.

The report from threat detection and response company Vectra also finds that 76 percent say they have bought tools that failed to live up to their promise, the top three reasons being poor integration, failure to detect modern attacks, and lack of visibility.

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How smart technology is changing the supply chain [Q&A]

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Suppliers, distributors and customers alike are faced with rising supply chain costs, partly as a result of disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The idea of smart contracts, using blockchain and the IoT to automate contract execution, has been around for a while. But is now the time for them to start coming into their own, and how can they benefit enterprises?

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Software developers at biggest risk of cybersecurity breaches

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Software development companies are among the most at risk from breaches, according to new research from cybersecurity firm Foxtech.

The research used cyber risk scores, calculated using publicly available information and an analysis of a wide range of cyber security indicators, as an indicator of how high or low the risk of a potential cybersecurity breach is for a company.

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New report identifies malicious activity 'hotspots'

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Threats like phishing and spam are often linked to specific domains, understanding how to spot these can help to strengthen threat intelligence.

Domain name and DNS-based predictive threat intelligence company DomainTools has used its database of more than 380 million currently-registered domains to identify which are likely to constitute threats.

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Women still face challenges in pursuing tech careers

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While female employees have gained hard-fought ground in the workplace, in the tech sector a large gap still exists when it comes to opportunities for professional development and career advancement according to a new report.

The study from digital learning company Skillsoft identifies a misalignment between the workplace benefits women in tech are seeking and those currently being provided.

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Why remote workforces need better strategies for security and data protection [Q&A]

The last couple of years have seen businesses undergo a major shift to remote and hybrid working, largely driven by the pandemic. But this same period has also seen record numbers of data breaches.

Often these attacks begin with phishing to get hold of credentials which can then put both in-house and cloud systems at risk.

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Google cloud hacks mostly used for illegal cryptomining


New data from AtlasVPN shows that 86 percent of hacked Google Cloud accounts are used for illegal cryptomining.

Besides cryptojacking, other uses of compromised accounts include conducting port scanning of other targets on the Internet, occurring 10 percent of the time after a Google Cloud compromise.

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Malware gets more sophisticated and is more likely to demand a ransom

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New analysis of more than 200,000 malware samples by Picus Security, a pioneer of Breach and Attack Simulation (BAS) technology, looks at attacker behavior over the last 12 months.

The 2021 Red Report highlights the top 10 most widely seen attack techniques and demonstrates how cybercriminals have shifted towards ransomware over the last year.

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International Computer Security Day seeks to raise awareness

It seems like a while since we've had a day dedicated to some aspect of the tech world, so if you're looking for something to celebrate in the lull between Thanksgiving and Christmas you'll be pleased to hear that today is International Computer Security Day.

This is designed to create greater awareness of computer security issues and encourage people to secure the personal information stored on their computers.

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Vulnerabilities found in HP multi-function printers

Researchers at F-Secure have discovered vulnerabilities in more than 150 HP multifunction printer (MFP) products. These could allow attackers to seize control of vulnerable devices, steal information, and further infiltrate networks to inflict other types of damage.

HP has issued patches to address the vulnerabilities which include exposed physical access port vulnerabilities (CVE-2021-39237) and font parsing vulnerabilities (CVE-2021-39238).

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Telehealth takes off but security concerns persist

While 91 percent of medical organizations have already implemented telehealth capabilities, 52 percent of respondents have experienced cases where patients refused to use the services due to security concerns.

This is the key finding of a new research study by Kaspersky which also shows the pandemic has had a major effect with 44 percent of organizations implementing telehealth after COVID-19 hit.

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How next-generation remote desktops are giving power users more flexibility [Q&A]

Driven by the pandemic, remote work has been normalized in many offices. But while it works for many tasks it's not so useful for power users.

Think architects, 3D developers, game developers and designers who rely on high-powered computing to get their jobs done. They can't easily take a $50,000 workstation home to do their work.

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Why real-time analysis is key to making better use of data [Q&A]

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Businesses of all types generate ever larger quantities of data, but while this should be an invaluable resource to drive decision making the sheer volume can create difficulties.

Analyzing data in real time is the ideal but it can be surprisingly hard to achieve. We talked to Ariel Assaraf, CEO of data streaming specialist Coralogix, to find out how enterprises can face the challenges posed by real-time analysis.

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45 percent of Brits don't trust tech companies to safeguard their data

A survey of 2,000 UK adults, reveals that 45 percent don't trust big tech companies to safeguard their personal data.

The study from NexGen Cloud finds 66 percent concerned about how tech giants are able to collect and use their personal information. In addition only 24 percent of individuals believe big tech firms have their best interests at heart.

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Phishing, ransomware and human error are seen as biggest security threats

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New research from Python software house STX Next finds that that CTOs see human error, ransomware and phishing as the biggest security threats.

The study of 500 CTOs globally shows 59 percent still see human error as the main security threat to their business, alongside other prominent concerns such as ransomware (49 percent) and phishing (36 percent).

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