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Almost 19 percent of phishing emails bypass Microsoft Defender


For many organizations, Microsoft 365 has become their default service for email. But for attackers this makes it attractive as a point of compromise.

New research from cloud and email security specialist Avanan shows that the missed phishing rate for Microsoft Defender is 18.8 percent. A previous analysis in 2020 showed 10.8 percent of phishing emails reaching inboxes, so Defender's missed phishing rates have increased by 74 percent.

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OpenSilver gains more features and improved performance

A year ago we reported on the demise of Microsoft Silverlight and how OpenSilver offered an alternative for those still wanting to run Silverlight apps.

The OpenSilver developers haven't been idle in the meantime and today sees the launch of version 1.1. This allows 99.99 percent reuse of the Silverlight codebase and also guarantees an almost pixel perfect migration.

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Online sellers remain optimistic despite looming recession


A new study shows that online sellers remain optimistic about the current eCommerce market despite consumers cost of living concerns and an impending recession.

The research, from eCommerce helpdesk specialist eDesk and based on a survey of over 200 online sellers in the US, shows that 53 percent of sellers expect to see an increase in online shopping over the next six months.

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The benefits of hybrid open-closed source software for smaller companies [Q&A]


Open source has gained enterprise popularity for its decentralized, collaborative approach to software development. By bringing large groups of developers together, it can boost efficiency, visibility and drive the adoption of new technologies.

However, taking a full open-source approach might not be the best fit for smaller enterprises. Dr. William Bain, founder and CEO of ScaleOut Software, cautions that the costs and legal risks associated with going full open source may be too great for smaller software companies. Instead, he recommends a hybrid open and closed-source model, we talked to him to learn more.

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New exposure management platform helps businesses manage cyber risks

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The average enterprise uses more than 130 cybersecurity point solutions, creating siloed data that is hard for security teams to apply in meaningful ways.

To address this problem, Tenable is launching a new exposure management platform, aimed at giving customers a unified view into their organization's assets and vulnerabilities across the whole attack surface.

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DDoS attacks get smaller -- but there are more of them

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The amount of DDoS attacks increased by 75.6 percent compared to the second half of 2021, but the average (0.59 Gbps) and maximum (232.0 Gbps) attack sizes each decreased by 56 percent and 66.8 percent, respectively.

New research from Nexusguard shows that single-vector attacks represented 85 percent of all attacks globally in the first half of this year. Of these User Datagram Protocol (UDP) attacks accounted for 39.6 percent, an increase of 77.5 percent from the first half of 2021, the remainder being HTTPS flood attacks.

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New tool helps enterprises measure the effectiveness of their security spending

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Spending more money on cybersecurity tools doesn't necessarily mean you're less likely to suffer from a cyberattack. Until now though it's been hard to tell whether what you do spend is actually delivering a good return on investment.

Safe Security is today launching a new Return on Security Investment (ROSI) calculator that enables CISOs and CFOs to quantify the reduction in risk for each dollar invested in cybersecurity.

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UK sees boost in AI adoption

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Use of AI technology in the UK has stepped up since 2016, with 41 percent of companies adopting AI between 2016 and 2019, compared to just a fifth over six years ago.

A new study from Peak shows this puts the UK above the global average of 39 percent for this period, though it's since dropped back closer to the average, and represents an almost fourfold rise in the last ten years, compared to just 2.5 times in the US and three times in India.

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37 percent of companies lose over $100,000 to a cyberattack

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Cyberattacks can cause significant harm to businesses, not least financial losses. According to recent findings from the Atlas VPN team, 37 percent of companies lose over $100,000 per cyberattack on average.

Some lose even more, with 22 percent of companies suffering significant losses ranging from $100,000 up to $499,999. Cybercriminals stole even more money, between $500,000 and $999,999, from 11 percent of businesses. Lastly, four percent of companies claim to have lost over $1 million after a successful cyberattack. A worrying two percent of businesses say they don't know their actual losses.

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What does cloud native security actually look like? [Q&A]

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Cybersecurity is a priority for all enterprises. We regularly see news of data breaches across a wide range of industries, and as workforces increasingly move to a hybrid model the issue becomes more acute.

As businesses undergo digital transformation they need to update not only their tools but also their attitude toward keeping systems secure. We spoke to Pravin Kothari, executive vice president, product and strategy at cloud security company Lookout to find out why in a cloud-native world security needs a different approach.

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Cyren Hybrid Analyzer improves malware detection without hitting performance

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Undocumented malware only makes up a small proportion of files, yet it presents a high risk of infection. Sandboxing and analyzing everything in order to eliminate risk, however, has a major impact on performance.

To address this Cyren has produced Hybrid Analyzer. Using emulation -- effectively automatically reverse engineering the code contained in a file -- this new offering operates 100 times faster than a malware sandbox and between five and 20 times faster than alternative file analysis solutions.

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How clean code can help developers prevent vulnerabilities [Q&A]

Every year, thousands of code vulnerabilities are discovered, patched and publicly disclosed to improve security for current and potential users.

But many of these vulnerabilities share common features, so what can developers do to write better code that prevents vulnerabilities from entering their apps and services in the first place? We talked to Johannes Dahse, head of R&D at clean code specialist SonarSource, to find out. 

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Ubuntu desktop comes to AWS

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Until today Amazon WorkSpaces cloud desktop solution simply offered the option of either Windows or Amazon Linux machines. Now though Canonical has announced the availability of Ubuntu WorkSpaces on AWS.

This is a fully managed virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) on the public cloud and the first third-party Linux OS to be available on the platform. It gives developers access to a wide choice of open source tools and libraries in cutting-edge fields like data science, artificial intelligence/machine learning, cloud and internet-of-things.

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Less than five percent of Fortune 500 companies are using the latest email standards

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Phishing is one of the most common methods of launching a cyberattack, yet new research from Red Sift shows that only a small percentage of publicly traded companies have fully adopted the latest email standards that could protect them and their customers.

DMARC (Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance) and BIMI (Brand Indicators for Message Identification) help prevent spoofing and allow businesses to display their logo on authenticated emails.

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Businesses losing revenue to bot-driven account fraud

Revenue loss from bot-driven account fraud and web scraping continues to increase according to a new report, with 69 percent of companies that have a bot management solution report losing more than six percent of their revenue due to account fraud this year.

Account fraud includes account takeovers and new account fraud, where fraudsters create fake accounts to gain access to loyalty programs and take advantage of promotional discounts.

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