Ian Barker

McAfee introduces advanced analytics to protect endpoints and the cloud

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Security teams face ever larger and more complex amounts of data which can hinder their ability to defend against threats.

McAfee is introducing new solutions that make use of the automation, reasoning and data duration provided by advanced analytics technologies, allowing security teams to easily discover and assess data and root out threats.

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Security professionals say the need for soft skills has increased

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According to the results of a new survey, the need for soft skills like communication and critical thinking has increased in the IT security sector.

The study conducted by Dimensional Research for security and compliance specialist Tripwire finds that 72 percent of security professionals say the need for soft skills is now greater.

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SailPoint launches updated identity governance platform

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Identity management company SailPoint is announcing enhancements to its open identity platform, designed to enable identity to be woven throughout the IT operations and security fabric of organizations.

IdentityIQ version 7.2 enables a unified approach to identity governance that shares identity information across all IT and security investments.

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Windows 10 Fall Creators Update -- what's in it for IT pros?

As the latest update for Windows 10 begins its roll out, many professional users will be wondering about its impact and whether it will make their lives easier or harder.

Fall Creators Update has a number of changes which should prove useful for IT pros including streamlined deployment, enhanced analytics and new security features.

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Are your employees snooping on your corporate network?

A new survey of IT security professionals reveals that 92 percent of respondents say employees at their organizations try to access information that is not necessary for their day-to-day work.

The study from identity management company One Identity also shows that IT security professionals themselves are among the worst offenders for corporate data snooping. One in three respondents admit to having accessed sensitive information that is not necessary for their day-to-day work -- showing an ongoing abuse of elevated rights given to the IT security role.

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Microsoft launches its most powerful Surface Book yet

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Microsoft is set to begin shipping its second generation Surface Book in November and says it wants to offer the power of a desktop with the versatility of a tablet.

Surface Book 2 will be available in both 13 and 15-inch versions, weighing in at 3.38lbs and 4.2lbs respectively, both will have a PixelSense Display with multi-touch, plus Surface Pen, and Surface Dial on-screen support. The 15-inch version will have nearly seven million pixels -- 45 percent more than a MacBook Pro.

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Companies overlook risks in open source software

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Open source code helps software suppliers to be nimble and build products faster, but a new report reveals hidden software supply chain risks of open source that all software suppliers and IoT manufacturers should know about.

The recent Equifax breach for example exploited a vulnerability in a widely used open source web framework, Apache Struts, and the study by software monetization specialist Flexera points out that as much as 50 percent of code in commercial and IoT software products is open source.

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FileCloud adds technology to protect customers from ransomware

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Just because data is stored in the cloud rather than on in-house servers doesn’t mean that it isn’t vulnerable to cyber attacks.

Enterprise file platform FileCloud has recognized this and is building advanced ransomware protection into its latest release.

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Russia set to take on Bitcoin with its own 'CryptoRuble'

Having earlier called for crypto currencies to be banned, Russian President Vladimir Putin has now officially stated that Russia will issue its own CryptoRuble using Blockchain technology.

According to communications minister Nikolay Nikiforov, CryptoRubles will be exchangeable for conventional Rubles and will be accepted by Russian banks. However, holders will need to pay 13 percent tax if they don't provide proof of origin, a measure intended to combat money laundering.

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AsTech offers Qualys Cloud Platform with a $1 million breach cost guarantee

The Qualys Cloud Platform is designed to give customers a continuous, always-on assessment of their global security and compliance posture across all global IT assets, wherever they reside.

Cyber risk management company AsTech is boosting its attractiveness further for its Managed Qualys Service customers by offering a $1 million guarantee for securing perimeter networks.

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Almost half of UK infrastructure will have moved to the cloud in six months

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A new survey of UK IT decision makers by cloud and network provider Interoute shows the cloud is increasingly seen as the best platform for providing scalable infrastructure.

The results reveal that businesses plan to move on average just under half (46 percent) of their infrastructure to the cloud over the next six months.

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Enterprises not confident they can protect mobile data traffic

While companies are becoming increasingly dependent on mobile workers and distributed offices, a new survey reveals that IT staff are not confident they can protect remote workers.

The study by distributed gateway platform supplier iboss also finds that senior (CEO, CIO, CISO, and CTO) respondents are more confident in their organizations' ability to secure mobile traffic than more junior IT executives. 56 percent of CIOs, CISOs, and CTOs were not confident they could secure mobile traffic compared to 80 percent of subordinate IT executives.

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80 percent of enterprises are investing in AI but a third think they need to spend more

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Although 80 percent of enterprises are investing in AI today, one in three business leaders believes their company will need to invest more over the next three years to keep pace with competitors.

This is one of the findings of a survey of 260 large, global organizations, conducted by research firm Vanson Bourne for data and analytics specialist Teradata.

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Free online service tests mobile app security and privacy

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When you download a mobile app you sometimes get more than you bargained for, Uber's app that tracked iPhone users for example. It can be hard to know exactly what apps on your phone are up to.

Now though, application security testing company High-Tech Bridge is launching a free 'Mobile X-Ray' service for developers that analyses native and hybrid iOS and Android apps and detects the most common weakness and vulnerabilities.

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Ransomware economy grows 2500 percent since 2016

We all know that ransomware is a big problem, but a new report from cyber security company Carbon Black reveals that it's increasingly big business too.

According to the report, there are currently more than 6,300 dark web marketplaces selling ransomware, with over 45,000 product listings.

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