Ian Barker

Cloud storage remains popular but comes at a cost

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A new survey of 350 IT leaders in the US and UK shows 84 percent of respondents want a large portion of their storage to remain in the cloud, and two-thirds of them want as much storage in the cloud as possible.

On average, enterprises have put 57 percent of their storage in the cloud, whilst keeping 43 percent on premises.

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Checkmarx launches Supply Chain Threat Intelligence

The software supply chain is increasingly being weaponized by attackers seeking to compromise businesses and steal information.

Application security specialist Checkmarx is looking to combat this with the launch of a new product which delivers detailed threat intelligence on hundreds of thousands of malicious packages, contributor reputation, malicious behavior and more.

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Economic pressure forces connected device makers to seek efficiencies

Economic pressures are forcing delays and price increases on connected device makers, with 38 percent experiencing delays in bringing devices to market, while almost half (48 percent) say they have been forced to increase prices.

New research from the Qt Group -- based on a survey of 250 embedded device manufacturers in the US, UK, France and Germany, conducted by Censuswide -- finds manufacturers are adopting various techniques in order to fuel efficiencies.

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Real time data collection is needed for eCommerce companies to reach their full potential

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According to new research, 62 percent of eCommerce organizations say that real-time data collection will be at the forefront of their priorities for 2023.

The study, carried out for Oxylabs by Censuswide, surveyed over 1,000 senior data decision-makers, split between UK and US eCommerce companies. It finds that as companies begin to rely more on efficient and low-cost data collection methods such as external data gathering, used by 40.54 percent of respondents, there is a clear shift towards gaining more actionable insights.

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Why quantum computing threatens security as we know it [Q&A]

Much of our current IT infrastructure relies on DNS to safely route traffic. Securing that infrastructure is in turn heavily reliant on cryptography, but there's a threat looming on the horizon.

Quantum computing will offer a level of processing power that could render current cryptographic techniques obsolete, and that's a problem for the entire internet and networking world. We spoke to Peter Lowe, principal security researcher at DNSFilter, to discuss the possible impact of quantum computing on security and what can be done to address the threat.

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Happy Data Privacy/Data Protection day

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These days no important topic is worthy of the name if it doesn't have a day devoted to it. Today (January 28) it's the turn of data privacy -- or data protection depending on who you talk to -- to take its turn in the spotlight.

As organizations gather ever more data, concerns around how it is stored and used have grown which has led to legislators taking an interest too.

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Trustwave updates its threat hunting to find unknown dangers


Threat hunting takes a proactive approach to identifying the security issues an organization might face. But since it tends to be based on intelligence about current threats it can overlook new ones.

Now though Trustwave has enhanced its Advanced Continual Threat Hunting platform, offering resulting in a three times increase in behavior-based threat findings that would have gone undetected by current Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) tools.

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Hardware dependence -- what it is and why it's a problem [Q&A]

We're currently in the middle of a global chip shortage, while at the same time major hardware companies like Intel, NVIDIA and Arm are looking to dominate the hardware market for AI and ML applications.

This creates something of an issue where models have to be tuned and optimized according to specific hardware specifications and software frameworks, sacrificing the portability that the industry has come to take for granted..

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CIO role gains in importance as economic hardship bites

According to a new report, 77 percent of CIOs say their role has been elevated due to the state of the economy and they expect this visibility within the organization to continue.

The 22nd annual State of the CIO report from Foundry looks at how the CIO's role has changed over time, as well as an in-depth analysis of technology and business initiatives that CIOs plan to focus on in 2023.

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Island integrates ChatGPT into its enterprise browser


Since it was launched towards the end of last year ChatGPT has created quite a buzz, both for its legitimate uses and its potential to be abused.

Now though Island is announcing the integration of ChatGPT into its Island Enterprise Browser. It aims to provide deep contextual awareness, so you receive prompts that are informed by your behavior and relevant to what you're working on, as you work on it.

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Ransomware groups rebrand and claim more victims

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The latest report from the GuidePoint Research and Intelligence Team (GRIT) shows an increase in ransomware activity from Q3 2022 to Q4 2022, as rebranded ransomware groups significantly increased the number of publicly claimed victims.

No quarter of last year saw less than 569 total victims -- with the biggest lull occurring in late June and early July, most likely attributed to the shift from Lockbit2 to Lockbit3, although challenges in the crypto currency market may have also had an impact.

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Cybersecurity is a key first step in digital transformation


New research commissioned by Telstra shows 41 percent of UK technology leaders identify cybersecurity as an enabler of innovation within their organization.

The fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic has seen unprecedented levels of digital transformation. At the same time though an ever-evolving threat landscape means that security risks are on the rise, leaving organizations facing the difficult task of balancing rapid digitization with security.

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Quality and security suffer in the push for digital transformation

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A new survey of 1,300 CIOs and senior DevOps managers in large organizations finds it's getting harder for IT teams to maintain software reliability and security amid the rapid acceleration of digital transformation and rising complexity of cloud-native environments.

The study from Dynatrace finds 90 percent of organizations say their digital transformation has accelerated in the past 12 months. 78 percent of organizations deploy software updates into production every 12 hours or less, and 54 percent say they do so at least once every two hours.

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Lookout launches unified security for endpoints and cloud

The switch to remote and hybrid working has led to more people working from mobile devices and using cloud platforms.

This needs a security solution that 'follows' and protects corporate data wherever it flows or resides, and with the launch of its new Cloud Security Platform, Lookout does just that.

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Dealing with the threat of social engineering [Q&A]

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Thanks to improved security technology, most cyberattacks now rely on some element of social engineering in order to exploit the weakest link, the human.

Phillip Wylie, hacker in residence at CyCognito, believes CISOs now need to take a step back and focus on the overall picture when it comes to security. This includes securing internal and external attack surfaces, and testing the security of these environments, as well as educating employees about the risks.

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