Ian Barker

Companies continue to struggle with privileged access management

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Privileged accounts can be a headache for organizations so you'd expect managing them to be a high priority for security teams. However, a new report from Thycotic reveals that 85 percent fail to achieve even basic privileged security hygiene.

In addition 55 percent have no idea how many privileged accounts they have or where they’re located, while over 50 percent of their privileged accounts never expire or get deprovisioned.

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97 percent of companies now use agile development methods

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Agile is clearly becoming the norm in the development community according to the findings of a new report from CollabNet VersionOne which has been charting the agile landscape for 13 years.

The report shows 97 percent of organizations now practicing agile development methods. That's not to say its use is universal, however, only 22 percent of respondents report that all their teams are agile, 26 percent more than half and 48 percent less than half.

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Reported data breaches up more than 56 percent

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According to the latest Data Breach Report from Risk Based Security the number of reported data breaches was up 56.4 percent in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the same period last year.

The increase in reporting could be a result of new legislation like GDPR that obliges businesses to be more open about security issues. The number of exposed records was also up by 28.9 percent. Already in 2019, there have been three breaches exposing 100 million or more records.

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Microsoft announces Internet Explorer mode for Edge to aid enterprise compatibility

As part of this week's Build 2019 Microsoft is announcing a number of enhancements to the Edge browser including an Internet Explorer mode for enterprises.

This is aimed at cutting the need for IT staff to manage multiple solutions. Allowing legacy IE-only content -- such as intranet sites -- to be opened in Edge without the need to change any settings or launch a different browser.

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Why firewalls still matter [Q&A]


Firewalls have been used to protect networks and endpoints from the very early days of the web. In recent years many people have been predicting its demise, yet the firewall is still with us.

Why is this and how has the firewall evolved to protect enterprises in the 21st century? We spoke to Ruvi Kitov, founder and CEO of network security specialist Tufin to find out.

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Physical threats rank alongside cybersecurity for many US businesses


A new study into the threats faced by US businesses produced by Securitas Security Services reveals that in many sectors businesses are concerned as much or more with physical threats such as shootings than they are with cyber security.

It also shows rising concern about the threats posed to organizations by insiders, of the 27 threat categories security executives consider to be a concern, 21 may be caused or carried out by an insider.

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IBM uses technology to help hurricane-hit communities


To mark the start of US National Hurricane Preparedness Week this week, The Weather Company, an IBM Business, is releasing not just its 2019 hurricane forecast, but also analytic data that looks at how weather affects preparedness, emotion and consumer habits.

In addition, through its Code and Response deployment initiative which aims to put open source technologies to use for social good, IBM is taking action to help save the lives of people in communities that are vulnerable to natural disasters.

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Data breaches spark increased interest in password managers

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People have been predicting the death of the password for some time, but it's still the case that most online accounts rely on them, even if supplemented by another feature like 2FA.

A new report from Avira to coincide with World Password Day shows that so far in 2019, there have been at least four major data breaches, each impacting more than 200 million records.

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Social media phishing attacks up more than 70 percent


Social media phishing, primarily on Facebook and Instagram, has seen a 74.7 percent increase in the first quarter of 2019.

A new report on the current phishing landscape from predictive email defense company Vade Secure also shows that Microsoft has retained its spot as the most impersonated brand for four straight quarters, due to the potentially lucrative returns to be gained from Office 365 credentials.

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Lack of security and operations basics leave businesses unprepared for breaches

A new report from endpoint management specialist 1E reveals 77 percent of IT decision makers polled believe that they are not well prepared to react to a serious data breach and 60 percent have experienced a security breach in the past two years.

The study conducted by Vanson Bourne polled 300 decision makers from from IT operations and 300 from IT security, and finds 80 percent say digital transformation increases cyber risk.

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US companies waste over two months a year resetting passwords

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To mark today's World Password Day, access and identity management company OneLogin has released a report that shows IT professionals at US companies waste 2.5 months a year resetting internal passwords.

It also finds that almost half of US businesses (44 percent) take up to a month or more to deprovision ex-employees, while 28 percent take a full working week.

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AIOps tools successful in delivering value for 87 percent of organizations

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Artificial Intelligence Operations (AIOps) tools are delivering value through proactive IT operations and improved hybrid infrastructure resilience in 87 percent of implementations, according to a new report.

The study from OpsRamp reveals the three biggest benefits of AIOps tools as productivity gains from the elimination of low-value, repetitive tasks across the incident lifecycle (85 percent), rapid issue remediation with faster root cause analysis (80 percent), and better infrastructure performance through noise reduction (77 percent).

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Digital transformation is putting government data at risk

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The push towards digital transformation in the US government is putting sensitive data at risk, according to a new report from data protection specialist Thales.

Almost all (98 percent) of respondents from federal agencies report that they are using sensitive data within digital transformation technology environments. Yet, less than a third of respondents are using data encryption within these environments.

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New Arcserve release helps protect hybrid environments

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With the launch of its latest Unified Data Protection (UDP) product, backup specialist Arcserve is aiming to remove the multiple points of failure typically introduced into IT environments through a piecemeal, 'do-it-yourself' approach to data backup and disaster recovery.

Using an image-based technology, the new Arcserve UDP extends proven backup and DR technologies to protect every type of workload, including Nutanix AHV and Microsoft Office 365.

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What is fueling container and multicloud adoption? [Q&A]

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Containers and cloud native applications are transforming how quickly and reliably organizations can bring ideas to market, while also providing the key building blocks for multicloud strategies.

But for all the speed, agility, and elasticity these technologies promise, they also create a complexity tipping point. Across industries, IT staff looking to deliver on the benefits of container and multicloud strategies -- without being overwhelmed by complexity -- are increasingly turning towards workload automation.

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