Ian Barker

COVID-19 boosts digital transformation and continuous intelligence

Digital transformation

There aren't many good things to come out of the COVID-19 pandemic, but a new study from Sumo Logic shows that it has accelerated digital transformation and piqued interest in adopting continuous intelligence.

Continuous intelligence (CI) allows real-time analytics to be integrated into business operations. Sumo's study shows that 74 percent of cloud-mature companies recognize the value of providing access to real-time data in this way, while 58 percent of organizations going through cloud transformation agree.

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New solution improves visibility and security in the cloud

Cloud data security

Enterprises are increasingly turning to the cloud to boost their digital transformation efforts. But they need to address the security needs of this environment to avoid problems caused by breaches, misconfigurations and more.

Zero trust specialist Illumio is launching a new CloudSecure solution to offer organizations agentless visibility and enable teams to build and manage dynamic cloud workload policies using native controls in their public, hybrid, and multi-cloud environments.

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Innovation pressure leads to security steps being skipped

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A new study shows that 70 percent of respondents 'frequently' or 'always' complete projects without carrying out all security steps, due to tight timelines and pressure to innovate.

The report from Invicti Security also shows that 78 percent of development and security respondents have suffered increased stress levels this year and 73 percent have actually considered quitting their job because of it.

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Over half of healthcare apps have a serious vulnerability

A new study from the Application Security Division of NTT Ltd reveals that 52 percent of applications in the healthcare industry have at least one serious vulnerability -- rating 'high' or 'critical' on the CVSS scale -- open throughout the year.

However, healthcare has performed 14 percent better than the industry average on remediating critical risks in the past three months. This represents a positive trend for healthcare, which historically performs below average based on a rolling 12-month analysis.

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62 percent of organizations not confident they can prevent data loss

Data exfiltration remains a significant threat and despite large investments in security tools, organizations are not confident they can stop it according to a new report.

The survey of 255 cybersecurity professionals, conducted by Osterman for data privacy and security company BlackFog, finds 62 percent lack confidence in the ability of their security tools to prevent data exfiltration.

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The increasingly critical role of data in the enterprise [Q&A]

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The importance of data has increased exponentially in recent years, for businesses of all sizes. But there are increasing challenges too, posed by privacy regulation, alternative data and more.

We spoke to Or Lenchner, CEO of Bright Data to find out more about the key role of data in the enterprise and how businesses can use it effectively.

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AKG Ara -- a stylish and versatile USB microphone [Review]

With more and more of us working from home and conducting our business and personal lives via video calls, microphone quality on our devices has become a serious issue.

The in-built mics on laptops are OK but if you want to make presentations or create podcasts, make music, or just make a good impression on Zoom, then you really need something better. Step forward the AKG Ara.

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Only a third of telcos have a clear 5G strategy

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New research from IT services provider NTT DATA UK and research firm teknowlogy Group shows only 35 percent of telcoms companies have a clear strategy in place for rolling out 5G.

This is odd given that 94 percent of the senior business leaders from across Europe interviewed believe that 5G will transform the sector.

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Counting the cost of ransomware

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Ransomware attacks have surged recently and the disruption they can cause to the operation of a business can cost many times more than the ransom.

Education website Cyber Security Degrees has produced an infographic looking at the impact of ransomware and at how businesses can protect themselves.

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Conversational AI and customer experience [Q&A]

These days when you contact a company online it can be hard to know if you're dealing with an actual person or with an AI bot.

Clearly AI has a role to play in automating repetitive tasks and answering straightforward queries. But can it really have a wider role to play in improving customer experience? We spoke to Derek Roberti, VP of technology at Cognigy, a global conversational AI platform provider, to find out.

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One in 10 users click phishing links on mobile platforms

mobile phishing

Most web traffic is now associated with users who are mobile, so it's no surprise that hackers are using this to their advantage by crafting attacks specific to mobile platforms.

Clearly this is paying off with as many as one in 10 users clicking on mobile phishing messages according to Apple enterprise management company Jamf's latest Phishing Trends report based on information, statistics and analysis of 500,000 protected devices across 90 countries.

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Cyber insurance ransomware claims decline but costs remain high

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Research from commercial insurance provider Corvus reveals that the cost of ransomware to businesses remains high.

Ransomware claims that resulted in payments to fraudsters are down though, mostly due to improved backup processes and greater preparedness. In the third quarter of 2020, 44 percent of ransomware claims involved a successful payment, but that decreased to just 12 percent by Q3 of this year.

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Businesses have under 10 minutes to approve new accounts online

A joint study by Onfido and Okta finds that businesses have just 10 minutes to set up new digital accounts or risk losing consumer trust.

This is true across sectors, 65 percent want to open a bank account in less than 10 minutes, 69 percent to book a car rental, 72 percent to open a telemedicine account and 77 percent to register a gaming account.

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Businesses are afraid of the big bad bots

A new report out today looks at the measures businesses are taking against bots and how successful they are -- and it doesn't offer good news.

The study from Kasada finds that 64 percent of organizations lost more than six percent or more of their revenue due to bot attacks, and 32 percent have lost 10 percent or more in the last year.

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Security fears lead firms to turn off collaboration features

A new study by Theta Lake of businesses in the financial services sector finds that 83 percent of respondents are turning off key productivity and usability features of collaboration platforms like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Webex.

This is due to their organizations' technical inability to adhere to relevant regulatory compliance and security requirements.

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