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Why we need to take the threat of cyberwarfare seriously [Q&A]

Cyber war

The age of what might be called the hobbyist hacker is long gone, replaced by a much more serious trend towards organized crime and nation states being behind hacking and cyberattacks.

In an era where data can be weaponized, both businesses and governments need to take the threat seriously. It's important for security teams to understand how attacks are carried out and the motivations that lie behind them.

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You're wasting your time fixing 97 percent of vulnerabilities

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According to new research only three percent of 'critical' code vulnerabilities are attackable, which means developers should be able to better prioritize efforts and significantly reduce their workload.

The study from automated security testing firm ShiftLeft finds that focusing on the three percent allows teams to greatly speed up and simplify efforts. ShiftLeft saw a 37 percent improvement from last year in mean time to remediate new vulnerabilities with a median scan time of 1 minute 30 seconds.

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Hybrid and remote work here to stay for most businesses

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A new study finds that 94 percent of organizations shifted to some sort of hybrid work structure due to the pandemic and 71 percent plan to make these practices permanent.

The study from Foundry, based on responses from over 400 IT and business decision-makers in the US, shows 72 percent of IT decision-makers believe there has been a positive shift in the remote and hybrid work mindset due to the work-from-home transition.

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Keeper launches secure one-time password sharing

We all know that you shouldn't share passwords. But we also know that there are occasions when it's useful to do so -- giving temporary access to a Wi-Fi network example or sharing data with contractors.

Keeper Security has come up with an innovative solution that allows users to securely share records with anyone on a time-limited basis.

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84 percent of organizations suffer identity-related breaches

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According to a new report 84 percent of respondents say their organization has experienced an identity-related breach in the last year, with 78 percent citing a direct business impact as a result.

The report, from the Identity Defined Security Alliance (IDSA), finds that 98 percent of respondents report that the number of identities is increasing, primarily driven by cloud adoption, third-party relationships and machine identities.

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Cloudy with a chance of higher earnings

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The latest 2022 Cloud Salary Survey from O'Reilly shows that tech workers make more money in hybrid or remote work scenarios and gain increased salary and skills training through workplace learning.

It also shows that 20 percent of tech workers report they've already changed employers over the last year, and 25 percent of respondents are planning to find new employment with better compensation.

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Are cybersecurity teams underusing female talent? [Q&A]

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It's reckoned that women make up only around a quarter of the cybersecurity workforce. And yet the women who do work in the sector are generally better qualified than their male counterparts.

Despite this there is still a clear divide across the technology sector generally, in both treatment and pay. So, is the cybersecurity sector under-utilizing female talent? And what advantages can a more gender diverse workforce deliver?

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Fewer new ransomware families could mean a chance to disrupt cybercrime activity


Although ransomware remained the most common threat last year the number of new ransomware families and unique variants discovered in 2021 decreased significantly compared to previous years.

Researchers from WithSecure suggest that this could highlight a potential opportunity to disrupt the cybercrime ecosystem that's exacerbated the problem in recent years.

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Enterprises lack confidence in managing attack surface risk

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According to a new report, 60 percent of enterprises have low confidence in their ability to manage attack surface risk.

The study from technology management firm Oomnitza finds businesses increasingly dealing with a hybrid workplace, hybrid cloud, and digital business growth, which makes the ability to manage cyber risk more challenging.

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Popularity of open source software leads to security risks

The widespread use of open source software within modern application development leads to significant security risks, according to a new report.

The research from developer security firm Snyk and the Linux Foundation finds 41 percent of organizations don't have high confidence in their open source software security.

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Why do development projects fail?

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Why do development projects fail? And perhaps more importantly what do senior management need to understand about why they fail? Those are the questions that a new study from AI platform vFunction sets out to answer.

Based on a survey by Wakefield Research of 250 US software developers and architects, at a senior level within enterprises of 5,000 or more staff, it looks at the differences in goals, challenges and reasons for failure between business leaders and architects.

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Trustwave's new MDR solutions improve detection and response times

Cloud data security

New managed detection and response (MDR) offerings launched by Trustwave aim to give organizations real-time 24x7 monitoring of their hybrid multi-cloud environments for active threats and anomalies.

Trustwave MDR and Trustwave MDR Elite are backed by a team of global threat operators, threat hunters, and malware experts. Clients also get a free subscription to Trustwave Security Colony -- a battle-tested resource specifically built for CISOs that includes toolkits, guidelines, playbooks, and assessment capabilities.

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Could democratization of AI help prevent the Great Resignation? [Q&A]

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The Great Resignation has hit the IT industry harder than most, with recent figures from Gartner suggesting only 29 percent of global IT workers have a ‘high intent’ to stay in their current role.

AI is sometimes blamed for reducing the number of jobs, but could a democratization of AI in the workplace help retain staff by giving them the skills to be more involved in the flow of work?

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New UK data laws set to make annoying cookie pop-ups crumble

Website pop-ups asking you to consent to cookies have become a regular -- if irritating -- feature for European internet users since the introduction of GDPR in 2018.

As part of a post Brexit shake up of data law the UK government has announced that its Data Reform Bill will cut down on the number of times these 'user consent' boxes will be shown.

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The rise of double extortion ransomware

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We've become familiar with the widespread use of ransomware, but researchers at Rapid7 have been examining the rise of a newer phenomenon, 'double extortion'.

Pioneered by the Maze ransomware group, double extortion involves cybercriminals collecting files before encrypting them. Then if the target organization refuses to pay they threaten to release sensitive information.

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