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Why Zero Trust is key to data protection [Q&A]

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Since the idea of Zero Trust was first proposed back in 2010 it's sparked interest from organizations of all sizes.

But why is Zero Trust seen as a game changer when it comes to protecting organizations and data? We spoke to Jason Clark, chief security and strategy officer at Netskope to find out.

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QR code use rises but consumers don't recognize the potential dangers

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A side effect of the COVID-19 pandemic has been a rise in QR code usage as the need for touchless transactions has increased.

A new study from automation platform Ivanti reveals that 83 percent of respondents say that they used a QR code to make a payment (or complete a financial transaction) for the first time ever since March 2020, with 54 percent doing so past three months alone.

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61 percent of companies hit by ransomware in 2020

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The latest State of Email Security report from Mimecast, based on a study of over 1,200 IT and cybersecurity leaders, shows businesses faced unprecedented cybersecurity risks in 2020.

Ransomware impacted 61 percent, a 20 percent increase over last year's report, while 79 percent say their companies experienced a business disruption, financial loss or other setback in 2020 due to a lack of cyber preparedness.

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Hybrid working to become the new norm for tech pros

A new survey shows that 86 percent of technology professionals in the UK and Europe don't want to return to the office full-time.

The study from tech job marketplace hackajob finds around one in four (26 percent) would like to work remotely permanently, while 60 percent are happy to work from the office occasionally and spend the rest of the week working from home.

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Businesses keen to adopt AI despite challenges

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The popularity of enterprise AI continues to grow but practices and maturity are stagnant as organizations run into challenges implementing AI within their organizations.

The annual AI Adoption in the Enterprise survey from learning platform O'Reilly finds a lack of skilled people and difficulty hiring topped the list of challenges to adopting AI, cited by 19 percent of respondents. This compares to last year when 22 percent named company culture as the major barrier.

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Adapting enterprise IT to the new normal [Q&A]

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The past year has created an unprecedented shift, with businesses scrabbling to implement technologies to allow large numbers of staff to work remotely.

It seems likely that as we emerge from the pandemic a large proportion of this shift will become permanent. So, what can companies do to adapt their IT to this 'new normal' and ensure access to essential systems while maintaining security and compliance standards?

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Facebook tops the data loss roll of shame

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Data breaches have almost become a fact of everyday life, but there are still some that have greater impact than others.

Software company Intact has carried out an analysis of publicly available data to see which companies have suffered the most large-scale data breaches (involving more than 30,000 records or more) over the last 16 years.

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How improving security management can help protect the cloud [Q&A]

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Cloud misconfigurations are one of the major causes of data breaches and the problem has become worse thanks to the dash for remote working.

While cloud is undoubtedly the right choice for businesses looking to expand their infrastructure to keep pace with DevOps demands and embrace support for remote working, many enterprises are falling short of providing adequate Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM).

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CISOs face rising security debt as attacks increase

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CISOs are facing a battle to secure their organizations against an increasing volume of attacks by well-armed criminals and are facing a rising ‘security debt’ in doing so.

But a new report from cyber security provider F-Secure in conjunction with Omnisperience finds security teams are turning away increasing volume of attacks and preventing more of them from becoming breaches or compromises.

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Linux Foundation Research aims to widen understanding of open source projects

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Non-profit organization the Linux Foundation today announces Linux Foundation Research, a new division that will broaden the understanding of open source projects, ecosystem dynamics, and impact.

Through a series of research projects and related content, Linux Foundation Research will make use of the Foundation's vast repository of data, tools, and communities and apply quantitative and qualitative techniques to create an unprecedented knowledge network to benefit the global open source community, academia, and industry.

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New endpoint security solution integrates with Microsoft Defender

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Human-operated cyberattacks use effective techniques to gain a beachhead within an organization, blending in with normal user behavior to help them go undetected.

Active defense specialist Illusive is launching a new endpoint security offering integrated with Microsoft Defender that provides complete detection coverage and faster ability to contain human-operated attack campaigns.

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Digital transformation may not be good for long-term success

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Digital transformation is sometimes seen as a panacea, providing visibility into the planning process, aligning software development with the business and delivering better outcomes.

But in a new study from Digital.ai more than half of businesses report issues providing that visibility and alignment, which calls into question long term success of today’s digital transformation initiatives.

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Digital transformation projects accelerated by pandemic

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A new report from cloud business management company Sage reveals that 52 percent of companies say they have accelerated digital transformation plans by three years or more due to the demands of lockdown.

The study of more than 1000 finance leaders across US small and mid-size businesses also shows a growing confidence that they will return to pre-pandemic revenue levels by the end of 2021.

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Malicious bot traffic hits new highs

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New data from Imperva Research Labs sees the highest percentage of bad bot traffic (25.6 percent) since the company began reporting traffic in 2014.

At the same time traffic from humans fell by 5.7 percent. More than 40 percent of all web traffic requests originated from a bot last year, suggesting the growing scale and widespread impact of bots in daily life.

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Enterprises under-resource cloud security despite increasing risks

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While spending on cloud services is high with over half of respondents to a new survey spending $10 million or more, 32 percent say they are doing less than they need to, or nothing at all, to ensure the security of their cloud resources.

The study carried out by Osterman Research for Sonrai Security finds respondents have an average of 7,750 identities with access to sensitive cloud data. Overpriviledged identities are ranked a high risk by 41 percent of respondents, just below bad actors/cybercriminals at 46 percent.

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