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Security professionals think cybersecurity is a bigger threat to the US than border security

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A new survey of security professionals taken at this year's RSA reveals that 92 percent of respondents feel that cybersecurity is a bigger threat to the US than border security. Yet government, and media, attention seems far more focused on the latter.

The study from AI-powered security company Lastline also asked respondents which of the tech giants they trust the least with their data, not surprisingly 76 percent name Facebook. Others, Amazon (25 percent), Apple (24 percent), Google (20 percent) and Microsoft (27 percent) all scored relatively evenly when asked who they trust most.

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Tax identities up for sale on the dark web

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While banking and identity information has been traded on the dark web for a long time, a new report from Carbon Black shows a new focus on tax identities.

The company's research shows previous year's W-2 forms and 1040 forms available on the dark web at relatively low cost, ranging from $1.04 to $52. Names, social security numbers and birthdates can be obtained for a price ranging from $0.19 to $62.

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Businesses complacent about mainframe security


Although 85 percent of companies say mainframe security is a top priority, just 33 percent always or often make mainframe decisions based on security finds a new report.

The study from mainframe vulnerability specialist Key Resources Inc, based on research by Forrester Consulting also finds 67 percent of respondents admit that only sometimes or rarely are they factoring security into mainframe decisions.

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A quarter of phishing emails bypass Office 365 security

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According to a new study analyzing more than 55 million emails, 25 percent of phishing emails bypass Office 365 security, using malicious links and attachments as the main vectors.

Other findings of the report from cloud-native security firm Avanan include that 33 percent of emails contain a link to a site hosted on WordPress and 98 percent of emails containing a crypto wallet address are phishing attacks.

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Securing serverless computing, the latest cloud paradigm [Q&A]

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The cloud-skills shortage has made security a major challenge for enterprises. In fact, virtually every data breach in the cloud today is due to human error, rather than brilliant hacking. Hackers don't even bother launching attacks in the public cloud; they simply look for misconfigured systems that leave data exposed.

Against this backdrop, a whole new cloud model is taking hold -- serverless computing. In a world where cloud certifications and security skills are already in short supply and causing chaos in the cloud, what will serverless computing do to compound that problem for enterprises? Is it possible for organizations to avoid making the same mistakes with this new paradigm that they are making in traditional cloud environments?

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Cohesity launches as-a-service backup for Google Cloud

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As companies move more of their workloads to the cloud they want to ensure that their data is properly protected.

Storage specialist Cohesity is launching a new software as a service (SaaS) solution that delivers enterprise-grade backup and recovery for applications running on the Google Cloud platform.

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BullGuard adds to its product line with a VPN

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Cybersecurity company BullGuard is launching its own VPN for Windows, Mac, Android and iOS, intended to make it simple for users to ensure their online privacy.

Designed to be easily used across multiple devices, BullGuard VPN features a simplified user interface and quick connect functionality, enabling consumers to fly under the radar and surf the internet in stealth mode while retaining complete anonymity via military-grade encryption.

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Zoho launches new commerce and marketing platforms

Cloud business system company Zoho is launching two new platforms. Commerce Plus uses Zoho's customer experience, finance, analytics, and intelligence software to provide businesses an interconnected, first-of-its-kind commerce experience platform.

The Zoho Marketing Platform can support over 20 different marketing channels, including websites, social, events, text, email, ads, offline, and more.

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Digital transformation? Don't ask me

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According to new research among British businesses, 57 percent of employees either don't understand (20 percent) or misinterpret (37 percent) the meaning of 'digital transformation'.

The research, conducted by YouGov among employees at 500 businesses with 50 or more employees, on behalf of service management Cherwell Software also finds that 64 percent say their employers only adopt new technology once it enters the mainstream.

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Understanding the LockerGoga ransomware attacks

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Last month Aluminum manufacturer Norsk Hydro was hit by a large scale ransomware attack that affected its systems across the globe and caused severe disruption to its operations with an estimated impact of more than $35 million..

The attack used the LockerGoga ransomware and the threat research team at Securonix has been monitoring the malware, which also caused problems for a number of other companies.

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Credential stuffing attacks target media streaming services

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The entertainment industry and in particular streaming services is among the biggest targets of credential stuffing attacks according to a new report.

The study from digital delivery platform Akamai, unveiled at the NAB Cybersecurity and Content Protection Summit in Las Vegas this week, focuses on credential abuse attacks against online video and music streaming services.

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Fastly takes Azure closer to the edge

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As businesses grow to serve complex user experiences, cooperation between network providers is vital. Enterprises want pain-free portability of application stacks and services optimized for their needs between multiple providers.

Edge cloud platform Fastly is announcing that it’s connecting its edge network with Microsoft Azure.

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90 percent of critical infrastructure hit by cyberattacks


A new survey of professionals in industries using industrial control systems (ICS) and operational technology (OT) finds 90 percent of respondents say their environment has been damaged by at least one cyberattack over the past two years, with 62 percent experiencing two or more attacks.

The study commissioned by Tenable from the Ponemon Institute also finds 80 percent of respondents cite lack of visibility into the attack surface, knowing what systems are part of their IT environments, as the number one issue in their inability to prevent business-impacting cyberattacks.

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Why bare-metal containers are scaring VMware [Q&A]

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With a market capital of $73 billion and a stock price that has more than tripled in three years, VMware is one of the big hitters of the IT industry. The company has dominated the market since it introduced virtual machine server abstraction 19 years ago.

But some industry watchers cite the rise of containers as an existential risk to VMware. This new way of software deployment was popularized by developers via the Docker container format, and more recently is taking the data center by storm as enterprises take containers into production and standardize on Google’s Kubernetes orchestration platform.

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New hybrid platform helps enterprises to maximize cloud use

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Cloud management company RackWare is launching its new Hybrid Cloud Platform, designed to remove the barriers to enterprise cloud adoption.

It allows enterprises to migrate to the cloud seamlessly, implement a cloud-based approach to disaster recovery and offers oversight and control of all cloud resources.

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