Ian Barker

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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Section platform makes it easier to deploy Mastodon servers

Following Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter, Mastodon has been the platform of choice for many of the people seeking to flee the blue bird platform, or just looking for a lifeboat in case Twitter finally sinks.

One of the strengths of Mastodon, but also one of its drawbacks, is its distributed, open source nature whereby people can stand up their own Mastodon servers. This means there's no central control, however, you need some technical expertise to create and run a server.

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Insider threats become more frequent and harder to deal with

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A new survey reveals that 72 percent of organizations report insider attacks have become more frequent (a six percent increase over last year), with 60 percent experiencing at least one attack and 25 percent experiencing more than six.

The study by Gurucul and Cybersecurity Insiders gathered responses from over 320 cybersecurity professionals and finds 75 percent say they feel moderately to extremely vulnerable to insider threats -- an increase of eight percent over the previous year.

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Organizations need to do more to reassure customers about how their data is used in AI

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A new study from Cisco finds that 92 percent of organizations believe they need to do more to reassure customers about how their data is used in AI.

The 2023 Data Privacy Benchmark Study shows that in spite of the difficult economic environment, organizations continue to invest in privacy, with spending up significantly from $1.2 million just three years ago to $2.7 million this year.

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Organizations not prepared for cyberwarfare

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According to a new study, 33 percent of global organizations are not taking the threat of cyberwarfare seriously.

The report, from asset visibility and security company Armis, is based on a survey of over 6,000 IT and security professionals around the world and finds 24 percent feel under prepared to handle cyberwarfare. Indeed, the lowest-ranking security element in the eyes of IT professionals is preventing nation-state attacks (22 percent).

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Why enterprises need a complete data strategy [Q&A]

Thanks to eCommerce, IoT devices, social media and more, organizations are collecting larger volumes of data than ever before. But often this is on the basis that they collect everything and work out what to do with it later. An approach that opens them up to risk that data can be misused.

We spoke to open detection and response firm Corelight's CISO Bernard Brantley, who believes organizations can implement a complete data strategy, allowing them to work backward from risk to raw logs and create a supply chain that generates information critical to risk reduction activities.

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PayPal gets stuffed by large-scale credential attack

Yesterday PayPal began sending out data breach notifications to thousands of its users who have had their accounts accessed via credential stuffing attacks which exposed some personal data.

BleepingComputer reports that almost 35,000 accounts were compromised in the attack which took place between December 6 and December 8, 2022.

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Moving Target Defense -- how a military strategy translates to the cybersecurity world [Q&A]

Introduced by the US military in the 1950s, Moving Target Defense (MTD) is the concept of controlling change across multiple system dimensions in order to increase uncertainty and apparent complexity for attackers, reduce their window of opportunity and increase the costs of their probing and attack efforts.

This technique has been translated to the cybersecurity world in recent years, but while the concept is strong, it's a complex strategy that has many drawbacks if not executed properly. We spoke with Avihay Cohen, CTO and co-founder of Seraphic Security, find out more about how this concept is applied to today's cybersecurity strategies, its pitfalls and how to implement it successfully.

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New Linux malware up 50 percent in 2022

Although it has a reputation as a safe and secure operating system, Linux is not immune to malware. Indeed it's become an attractive target as increasing numbers of servers and other devices run Linux-based OSes.

Data analyzed by the Atlas VPN team, based on malware threat statistics from AV-ATLAS, shows new Linux malware threats hit record numbers in 2022, increasing by 50 percent to 1.9 million.

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