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Proton Pass launches secure password sharing feature

Sharing of passwords is a problem. It's reckoned that 43 percent of US internet users share their passwords with others, probably using insecure methods such as messaging, writing them down, or shared documents.

The issue is even worse for businesses, with approximately 69 percent of employees admitting to sharing passwords with colleagues. Good news then is that open-source password manager Proton Pass is launching Secure Links, a new feature enabling users to share items easily and securely with anyone, including non-Proton Pass users.

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Forensics or fauxrensics? What to look for in cloud forensics and incident response [Q&A]

The rapid deployment of cloud resources has led to misconfigurations and security risks, leaving security teams scrambling to adapt and secure their businesses following migrations away from traditional on-premises environments.

Despite successfully enhancing prevention and detection in the cloud, organizations now face a significant challenge in assessing the true scope and impact of issues that do arise.

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Cybersecurity pros don't like being ignored

A new survey reveals that 29 percent of security professionals say their biggest frustration is that their advice is being ignored.

The study, conducted by security awareness specialist KnowBe4 at Infosecurity Europe 2024 in London, finds other issues include a stated a lack of skilled workers to employ (15 percent), while a further 13 percent highlight working in an inadequate security culture or environment is their biggest complaint, with the same percentage claiming they have too many tools to manage at their organizations.

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Offices not prepared for hybrid working

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New research, from AV solutions company Kinly, reveals that despite calling workers back into the office 65 percent of enterprises admit that their office spaces are not optimized for hybrid working.

The complexities of flexible and remote communication may be a factor in the call to return to office, with 28 percent of enterprises naming it as a top challenge. Over half of respondents also say that poor hybrid workflows (57 percent) and outdated AV technologies (58 percent) are damaging the productivity of hybrid teams.

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Breaches increase despite confidence in security measures

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Despite there being a record-breaking number of data breaches in the last year, 63 percent of organizations report that they believe their security measures are effective.

A new report from Dasera looks at how data risk perceptions and actual preparedness against breaches fluctuates across different industries and finds the top threats concerning organizations are data breaches, ransomware, insider threats, and misconfigurations.

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Accuracy worries delay Gen AI initiatives

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Less than 60 percent of manufacturers plan to increase AI spending in 2024 compared to 93 percent in 2023, according to a new survey.

The study from Lucidworks gathered input from over 2,500 leaders involved in AI technology decision-making worldwide and finds in 2023 more than 40 percent of manufacturing leaders had a positive view of AI, with 93 percent planning to increase investments.

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UK tech execs not convinced about return on investment from AI

A new study from IT consultancy Zartis shows that UK tech executives are confident about the level of AI skills within their organizations, but aren't convinced about the return on investment from AI.

The report shows 85 percent rate their existing workforce's combined AI knowledge and expertise as 'skilled' while 51 percent rate it as 'highly skilled'. Despite this confidence, many of these executives have concerns about barriers that might prevent further AI adoption.

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Strong SLAs critical for vulnerability management

A new report from crowdsourced security company Intigriti highlights the need for strong cybersecurity practices and service-level agreements (SLAs) for vulnerability management.

Globally, 75 percent of businesses fail to respond to critical vulnerabilities within 24 hours, consequences of which could include customer dissatisfaction, loss of business, and reputational damage.

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Why organizations must address the AI skills gap [Q&A]

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As AI sees wider adoption, the demand for skills surrounding the technology inevitably increases too. By failing to act to address this AI skills and leadership vacuum organizations could be taking a significant risk.

We spoke to Arun 'Rak' Ramchandran, president and global head -- GenAI consulting and practice, hi-tech and professional services at Hexaware, to find out more about the problem and how it can be tackled.

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Security pros use unauthorized SaaS apps despite the risk

A new survey finds 73 percent of security professionals admit to using SaaS applications that have not been provided by their company's IT team in the past year.

This is despite the fact that they are acutely aware of the risks, with respondents naming data loss (65 percent), lack of visibility and control (62 percent) and data breaches (52 percent) as the top risks of using unauthorized tools.

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Enterprises struggling to implement GenAI

In spite of growing interest and enthusiasm for generative AI, significant challenges are emerging that threaten the success of projects, according to a new report.

The study, from Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) and Hitachi Vantara, surveyed 800 IT and business leaders across the US, Canada, and Western Europe and finds only 44 percent of organizations have well-defined and comprehensive policies regarding GenAI.

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Poor DMARC implementation leaves companies vulnerable to threats

Only 61 percent of manufacturing businesses have adopted DMARC, with 19 percent of the total manufacturers analyzed having adopted the most stringent 'p=reject' DMARC policy.

New research from email security provider EasyDMARC, which surveyed almost 5,000 global manufacturing companies, finds 43 percent of those with DMARC use a low-security DMARC policy that allows suspicious emails to reach inboxes but enables reporting on such activity.

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How AI is changing the customer service experience [Q&A]

Artificial intelligence is having an impact on more and more areas of our lives. In the customer service field it's increasingly being used to improve customer experience and create more effective interactions.

But how good is AI at dealing with customers? And are businesses using it effectively? We spoke to Josh Kim, co-founder and CEO of AI-based chat and customer experience platform Channel Talk, to learn more.

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New platform aims to open up generative AI for everyone

There's no doubt that artificial intelligence is flavor of the month at the moment. But for many people using AI and understanding what it can do for them remains something of a challenge.

Build-A-Brain is a new platform that aims to make AI accessible to anyone by acting as a sort of virtual executive assistant.

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How AI is changing the role of enterprise developers [Q&A]

Artificial intelligence is making its way into many areas of business and IT. Software development is just one area where it's starting to have a major impact on productivity and working patterns.

To learn more we spoke to Varun Mohan, CEO of AI coding assistant Codeium, which uses proprietary large language models (LLMs) to aid with software development and has recently announced a $65 million funding round.

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