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New solution helps enterprises manage growing numbers of IP devices


In the past managing IP addresses has been relatively easy, but with the rapid growth in connected devices, and lots more addresses becoming available under IPv6, it's set to become a whole lot more complex.

Traffic management company NS1 is launching a solution to the problem with its Enterprise DDI (combining DNS, Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) and IP address management).

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DDoS attacks increase 84 percent in three months

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The number of DDoS attacks during the first quarter of 2019 increased by 84 percent compared with the previous quarter according to a new report from Kaspersky Lab.

This reverses last year's trend of declining DDoS attacks as attackers shifted their attention to other sources of income, such as crypto-mining.

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A traditional approach to security harms digital transformation efforts

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Half of security professionals who adopt a more traditional or reactive approach to their data protection and security don't believe they will reach their digital transformation goals in the next five years.

This is among the findings of a report from data protection company TITUS which conversely finds that nine out of 10 security professionals deploying a strategic approach believe their current efforts will address digital transformation needs within five years and that their organization would achieve its digital transformation goals in the same timescale.

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Enterprises struggle with providing secure hybrid access

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As businesses move towards hybrid IT environments they increasingly face threats, gaps and investment challenges to keep their systems secure.

The study from secure access specialist Pulse Secure surveyed enterprises with 1000+ employees in the US, UK, Germany, Austria and Switzerland and finds that while they are taking advantage of cloud computing, all enterprises have on-going data center dependencies.

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Most enterprises now run containers in production

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New research from storage and data management company Portworx shows 87 percent of IT professionals are now running container technologies, with 90 percent of those running in production.

In addition seven out of 10 are running at least 40 percent of their application portfolio in containers -- an increase from two years ago, when just 67 percent of teams were running container technologies in production.

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UK age verification rules could put users at risk

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With age verification checks for users of adult sites in the UK set to come into force this summer, cyber security company F-Secure says that the new rules could increase the risk of identity theft and other cyber crimes.

Under the new laws, British internet users will be required to verify their age in order to access adult content websites. This could be by sharing personal information such as passport, driving license, phone number or credit card details with third-party age verification platforms, or by buying a 'porn pass' at a store.

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New self-service platform helps developers apply AI at the edge

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In the past AI has mostly depended on expensive solutions running in the cloud, restricting its use to a relatively small number of companies.

But with the growth of the IoT and ever greater volumes of information that need to be processed fast, there's more demand for AI at the edge. Xnor is launching a new self-service platform called AI2GO, that enables developers, device creators and companies to build smart, edge-based solutions without needing training or background in AI.

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Application development industry faces major challenges


Demand for application development is soaring, but the industry faces some major challenges according to a new report.

The study from OutSystems shows the number of applications slated for delivery in 2019 has increased by 60 percent, and 38 percent of respondents plan to deliver 25 or more apps this year.

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Half of companies missed GDPR compliance deadline

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Only half of companies achieved compliance with GDPR before the May 25, 2018 deadline, and most companies took seven months or longer to achieve readiness.

This is among the findings of a new report from privacy management platform DataGrail which also reveals that two-thirds of companies assigned dozens, or even hundreds, of employees to manage GDPR compliance.

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UK consumers want businesses to do more to protect their data

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Protecting your digital footprint is growing more important and the results from a survey of 2,000 UK adults by Kaspersky Lab finds that people believe there is not enough business or state protection currently in place to defend it.

The study finds 41 percent of UK respondents think that businesses should do more to protect their personal data, including passwords, addresses and bank account details, from hacking.

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Four out of five people expect Facebook to have another data privacy issue this year

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People are becoming more aware of the need to protect their data online, not just because of the rate of cybercriminal activity, but also because large organizations are frequently being careless with the data they hold.

A new survey of 1,000 people from OpenVPN reveals that four out of five people are expecting Facebook to face at least one more data privacy issue in the next year. In addition 71 percent say recent scandals have somewhat or severely negatively affected their view on Facebook, while 37 percent trust tech giants less now because they don’t think the companies have properly addressed the data privacy problems.

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New tool helps protect sensitive data on Oracle databases

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With GDPR in effect and privacy regulations being planned in other parts of the world, many organizations are looking at their database management to ensure stored data is complaint and doesn’t threaten the business.

For Oracle users, Quest Software is launching its Toad for Oracle -- Sensitive Data Protection (SDP) Module. This allows database admins to to detect and receive notification of personally identifiable information (PII) data residing in databases, select encryption and redaction options immediately after detection, and perform ongoing monitoring

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Perception vs reality in web security

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A new study from Harris Poll, commissioned by Google shows that while more people than ever are using the internet -- with 1.4 billion expected to be online by 2022 -- there's a gap between perception and reality in regard to online safety.

In the study 55 percent of Americans aged 16 or over gave themselves an A or B in online safety and security, but the results don't back this up. 70 percent wrongly identified what a safe URL should look like and 97 percent got at least one question wrong on a basic six-question security test.

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How open source is helping remove data silos in the enterprise [Q&A]

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Historically data has been stored in silos in order to deliver a quick solution. But in the longer term silos can slow down decision making, make modifying systems harder, and hinder compliance with regulations.

One of the ways to break down barriers between silos is to allow data to be freely shared between them and open source has a big part to play in this. We spoke to Mandy Chessell, distinguished engineer at IBM Cognitive Applications, and recently elected leader of the Technical Steering Committee of the ODPi, to learn more.

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46 percent of organizations consider taking personal data out of the cloud

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A new study finds that 46 percent of organizations which store customer personally identifiable information (PII) in the cloud are considering moving it back on premises due to data security concerns.

The research from information security software company Netwrix also shows that of the 50 percent of organizations that store customer data in the cloud, 39 percent had security incidents in the past year and more than 50 percent of those couldn’t diagnose the problem.

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