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Americans more concerned about online privacy and security than a year ago


New data released today shows that Americans are increasingly concerned about their online privacy and security, including apprehension about increased government surveillance in the new presidential administration.

The survey by secure access specialist AnchorFree of over 1,000 users of the company's Hotspot Shield personal VPN application reveals 84 percent say they are more concerned about their online privacy and security today than they were a year ago.

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How will 3D printing affect your life?

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3D printing is one of those technologies that’s been hovering on the edge of public consciousness for a few years without ever hitting the mainstream.

But as the technology has matured and the machines become cheaper, 3D printing is set to affect all of us. UK electronics supplier RS Components has put together an infographic showing how 3D printing will develop over the next few decades.

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Is ransomware in decline or just evolving?


According to a new report from the Microsoft Malware Protection Center, the volume of ransomware being encountered is reducing.

Data from Windows Defender Antivirus shows that after peaking in August, when 385,000 encounters were registered, ransomware encounters dropped almost 50 percent in September, and have continued to decline. But this doesn't mean we’re seeing the end of the menace.

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IBM and The Weather Company use edge computing to issue vital alerts

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Communicating news of severe weather events or natural disasters is something mobile phones are well suited to, but if there's limited or disrupted network coverage the message may fail to get through.

IBM and The Weather Company have developed a new app that will use peer-to-peer connections within the mesh network to send alerts to individuals via their smartphone devices.

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New challenger takes on US inter-carrier mobile messaging duopoly


In the US a duopoly exists between SAP and Syniverse for inter-carrier mobile messaging. Carriers and other communication service providers are forced to choose between these two vendors to exchange messages across networks.

This makes the carriers vulnerable to price hikes and sub-par quality of service. New provider tyntec is seeking to disrupt the market and create more competition with its new Inter Carrier Messaging Service (ICMS).

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Optimizing costs is top priority among corporate cloud users

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Cloud management company RightScale has released the results of its sixth annual State of the Cloud Survey, the largest survey of corporate cloud users.

Among the findings are that optimizing cloud costs is the top initiative across all cloud users (53 percent) and especially among mature cloud users (64 percent). Respondents estimate 30 percent of cloud spend is wasted, while RightScale has measured actual waste at between 30 and 45 percent.

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Businesses are being held back by enterprise software

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Businesses and IT executives are frustrated by their current software and more than 80 percent of executives have had to change a part of their daily operations to match the way their software works according to a new report.

The survey of over 500 executives carried out by development platform provider TrackVia finds that integration or compatibility with other software and applications is cited as the top priority by 32 percent, yet also the biggest challenge (31 percent) for executives.

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89 percent of consumers don't pay for mobile malware protection

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A new survey reveals that a large majority of mobile users do not currently pay for malware protection. However, 61 percent say they do want, and are willing to pay for, protection services from their service provider.

The study from security solutions company Allot Communications shows that rather than independently seek out, evaluate and download security apps for each of their mobile devices, consumers would like a one-stop-shop for online protection for themselves and their families. This presents communication service providers (CSPs) with an opportunity to sell an extra service, which many of them are not taking advantage of.

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New platform helps enterprises comply with privacy regulations


Privacy regulations like the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) mean that enterprises can face substantial fines for non-compliance.

As 2016 saw a record number of personal record data breaches this is something all businesses need to take seriously.

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Logtrust launches real-time integrated threat analytics

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Big data analytics specialist Logtrust is using RSA to launch a new solution for delivering real-time, integrated threat analytics.

The program enables companies to build solutions that analyze the historical behavior of systems and attackers in order to detect, understand and eliminate potential threats in real-time -- even those that are coming from multiple sources, across multiple devices.

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Majority of enterprises use more than 10 mobile business apps

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Almost 80 percent of companies are using more than 10 mobile apps for business, according to a new report.

The third edition of the Mobile Security and Risk Review by MobileIron also finds that 18 percent of companies use Apple's Volume Purchase Program (VPP) to streamline their app deployment.

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IBM brings the power of Watson to cyber security

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The technology industry is having to contend with ever more sophisticated cyber security threats. With a growing shortage of security analysts and masses of data to process this throws more emphasis on the use of AI techniques.

This week at RSA Conference, IBM Security will be demonstrating what the "cognitive security operations center" of the future will look like, including new Watson-powered tools for investigating security events, new services for building these SOCs and breakthrough research that allows customers and analysts to interact with Watson through voice and chat.

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Breach analytics platform speeds up incident response

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It's increasingly said by experts that data breaches are now a matter of when rather than if. Being able to respond quickly is therefore vital for companies to minimize damage and disruption.

Cybersecurity solutions and breach analytics cloud platform Eastwind Networks is launching an enhanced Breach Analytics Cloud platform to provide complete visibility across the entire attack surface.

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New authentication platform seeks to tackle fake news and profiles


Fake news is big news at the moment, making it increasingly difficult to assess the reliability of material, particularly when it appears online.

A new company launching today at the 2017 RSA conference is seeking to create a secure online community to identify individuals and provide a more "authentic" online experience.

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Enterprises need to be aware of threats from internal email

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Insider attacks are of increasing concern to businesses. New research shows that internal email can be a major source of threats that often gets overlooked.

The study from email security company Mimecast and Forrester Research reveals that more than a third of companies have experienced some information loss, theft, or attack via email within the past two years.

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