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How deep learning can deliver improved cybersecurity [Q&A]

Traditional cybersecurity isn't necessarily bad at detecting attacks, the trouble is it often does so after they have occurred.

A better approach is to spot potential attacks and block them before they can do any damage. One possible way of doing this is via 'deep learning' allowing technology to identify the difference between good and bad.

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Why enterprises are struggling with their digital transformation projects [Q&A]

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We recently reported on research from value stream platform Digital.ai into digital transformation projects, which should make worrying reading for many enterprises.

The study showed that many organizations feel they're not getting the most from their transformation projects. We talked to Gaurav Rewari, chief technology officer at Digital.ai to find out why this is happening and what can be done about it.

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How mismatched incentives create problems for development [Q&A]

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Site reliability engineering (SRE), SecOps and developer teams are all supposed to be on the same side.

But mismatches in incentives between these groups can lead to challenges surrounding how and what information is shared across siloed teams. This creates a hazard where one team can shift deployment risk to another team, with no accountability back to the originating team.

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42 percent feel more vulnerable to cyberattacks when working at home

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A new report from hardware authentication company Yubico finds 42 percent of UK employees say they feel more vulnerable to cyber threats while working from home, with 39 percent feeling unsupported by IT.

The study of over 3,000 people in the UK, France and Germany also reveals that 54 percent of all employees use the same passwords across multiple work accounts. In addition 22 percent of respondents still keep track of passwords by writing them down, including 41 percent of business owners and 32 percent of C-level executives.

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Socially engineered email attacks prove to be more effective

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The latest quarterly threat report from Abnormal Security shows that increasingly sophisticated and novel socially engineered email attacks that bypass legacy defenses are driving 50 percent higher engagement than traditional email attacks such as credential phishing.

The report also shows that between the first week of July 2020 and the first week of April 2021, the percentage of companies across industries getting hit with vendor email compromise (VEC) attacks increased nearly 120 percent.

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Data teams struggle to keep pace with demand

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According to new research 96 percent of data teams are operating at or over capacity, thanks to a surge in demand for data pipelines.

The study by data engineering company Ascend.io shows 93 percent of respondents anticipate the number of data pipelines in their organization increasing between now and the end of the year, with 56 percent predicting the number to increase by more than 50 percent.

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Claroty launches zero-infrastructure security for industrial enterprises

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As recent attacks have shown, industrial networks need protection. But it needs to work in a way that doesn't add burdens of infrastructure, complexity and steep learning curves.

Claroty is addressing this with the release of Claroty Edge, a new addition to The Claroty Platform that delivers visibility into industrial networks without requiring network changes, using sensors, or having any physical footprint.

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Username and password breaches increase by 450 percent

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A new report from identity specialist ForgeRock reveals a massive 450 percent surge in breaches containing usernames and passwords globally.

The report also finds that unauthorized access was the leading cause of breaches for the third consecutive year, increasing year-on-year for the past two years, and accounting for 43 percent of all breaches in 2020.

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The challenges of securing the modern enterprise [Q&A]

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In recent months there have been many high profile attacks using ransomware and other techniques, against businesses.

But why has there been an apparent upsurge in attacks and what should enterprises be doing to keep them selves safe? We talked to Lynx Software Technologies' vice president of product management, Pavan Singh to find out.

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Majority of consumers don't trust 'big tech' with their data

Only a third of consumers trust 'big tech' companies more with their data compared to smaller, independent or local companies according to a new study from API management platform Axway.

The study of over 1,000 US adults finds 82 percent of consumers wish they knew what specific data companies have collected about them, and they have concerns that their online data may not be secure.

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Why enterprises need to prepare for more insider threats [Q&A]

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Insider threats are a growing problem. In its 2021 predictions, Forrester believes that insider incidents will be the cause of 33 percent of data breaches in 2021, up from 25 percent in 2020.

But what does this mean in practical terms for businesses and how can they protect themselves? We spoke to Anurag Kahol, CTO of cloud security specialist Bitglass, to find out.

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Microservices, containers, and Kubernetes have created security blind spots

A new study released today from Dynatrace finds that CISOs are increasingly concerned that rising adoption of cloud-native architectures and DevSecOps practices may have broken traditional approaches to application security.

The research finds that 89 percent of CISOs believe microservices, containers, and Kubernetes have created application security blind spots. While 71 percent admit they are not fully confident code is free of vulnerabilities before going live in production.

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Would you take a pay cut to keep working remotely?

Almost half of people would and nearly two-thirds would forego a promotion, according to the results of a new survey.

The study by automation platform Ivanti finds 63 percent of respondents would rather work remotely than be promoted, and 48 percent say they would take a pay cut in exchange to be able to work from anywhere. Just 12 percent say they want to return to the office full time in future.

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Industrial sector attacks jump 91 percent

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A new report from cybersecurity specialist Positive Technologies reveals a reveals a 91 percent jump in attacks on industrial companies and a 54 percent rise in malware-related attacks last year compared to 2019.

The total number of incidents grew by 51 percent compared to 2019. Seven out of 10 attacks were targeted and the most popular targets were government institutions (19 percent), industrial companies (12 percent) and medical institutions (nine percent).

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US Amazon customers have a week to opt out of Sidewalk -- here's why you should

You've probably heard of Amazon Sidewalk, the company's home networking system. In fact Sidewalk is a bit more than that, it involves devices like Echo speakers and Ring doorbells becoming part of 'mesh networks'.

These networks will, says Amazon, simplify the process of setting up new devices, keep them online even when out of range of home Wi-Fi, and extend the range of tracking devices. However, customers have only a week to opt out if they don't want their devices to be enrolled in Sidewalk.

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