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Untrained workers don't know who to turn to when faced with cybersecurity threats

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Without training, 21 percent of the workforce don't not know who to go to when faced with a cybersecurity threat.

A new report from security awareness training platform KnowBe4 shows that annual security training reduces that percentage to 17 percent.

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Microsoft and Canonical bring systemd support to Windows Subsystem for Linux

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Microsoft continues to show a surprising level of love for Linux, and nowhere is this clearer than in the Windows Subsystem for Linux. With the latest version of the software, the company has worked with Canonical to bring systemd support to WSL for Windows 11.

What does this mean in practice? It means that as of Windows Subsystem for Linux 0.67.6 there is support for Ubuntu's snap installation method. But there is much more to the arrival of system support than this.

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PayPal cancels customers it doesn't like

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In the past 48 hours or so PayPal’s UK arm has canceled the accounts of a number of campaigning organizations including the Free Speech Union, legal campaigners Law or Fiction, parents group UsForThem, and even the personal account of the FSU's founder journalist Toby Young.

The only reason the company has given for these actions is to cite its Acceptable Use Policy. And, as Young wrote in his column in The Spectator, PayPal also decided it would hang onto his money for up to 180 days while deciding whether to extract 'damages' before refunding it.

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Microsoft releases Windows 11 Build 25206 with changes and fixes

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Microsoft began rolling out the Windows 11 2022 Update yesterday, with the promise of yet more cool features to come next month.

For Insiders in the Dev Channel, however, there’s another new build to play around with today -- Build 25206 --and this one includes changes to SMB authentication rate limiter behavior and updates for Dynamic Refresh Rate (DRR).

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How digital transformation and building APIs got faster

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Digital transformation initiatives have been a top priority for several years in most companies. However, while such programs are considered a necessity for the long-term survival of most businesses, they haven’t always been prioritized or given the resources they deserve. 

That all changed with the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, according to analyst Gartner, customers expect companies to accelerate digital initiatives due to COVID-19 and all industries are experiencing widespread digitization. In turn, this is accelerating the adoption of thousands of new APIs. That’s because the drive to make services digital is no longer a nice to have but business critical. Even post COVID, with some businesses opting for a hybrid work environment, we are seeing that acceleration continue. Put simply, as they race to catch up, organizations are digitizing and innovating faster than ever before.

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Windows 11 could save you millions*

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As the latest update to Windows 11 rolls out with new features focusing on productivity and collaboration, IT management efficiency and security, Microsoft is understandably keen for businesses to adopt the OS.

To that end it's commissioned Forrester Consulting to conduct a Total Economic Impact (TEI) study and examine the potential return on investment (ROI) enterprises may realize by deploying Windows 11 and Microsoft 365.

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Firms act to beef up software supply chain security

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New data reveals a significant increase in activities to secure open source components and integrate security into developer toolchains in order to protect the software supply chain.

The 13th edition of the Building Security In Maturity Model (BSIMM) report from Synopsys analyzes the software security practices of 130 organizations -- including Adobe, PayPal and Lenovo -- in their efforts to secure more than 145,000 applications built and maintained by nearly 410,000 developers.

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Why anomalies in network traffic are key to cybersecurity [Q&A]

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Major cyberattacks invariably make the headlines, but it seems that rather than take a proactive approach, many CISOs wait for a new threat to emerge before protecting their business. They simply hope they won't be caught up in the first wave of a new attack.

Dave Mitchell, CTO of cybersecurity investigation specialist HYAS Infosec, believes there is a better approach, one that detects threats by monitoring the communications that form the foundations of internet architecture. We recently talked to him to learn more.

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Microsoft may have released Windows 11 2022 Update, but the best updates are coming in October

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Yesterday, to great excitement, Microsoft started the rollout of the eagerly anticipated Windows 11 2022 Update. While there are a lot of worthy changes and additions with this update, there are several features -- perhaps most notably tabs in File Explorer -- that were conspicuous by their absence.

But the missing features have been neither forgotten nor dropped; Microsoft has simply decided to include them in a future update. Before you start gnashing your teeth, there's some good news. The release of  Windows 11 2022 Update may not have heralded the arrival of tabbed Explorer, but it will be landing for everyone next month.

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New solution enhances facial recognition technology

Identity fraud is on the rise, with cybercriminals employing increasingly sophisticated techniques including realistic 2D/3D masks and deploying display attacks (e.g. showing a picture of a person on a screen) to try to spoof biometric verification systems.

Identity verification specialist Onfido is launching a new 'biometric liveness solution' called Motion which is aimed at increasing verification speed and ensuring that it’s seeing a real person.

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Microsoft releases KB5017383 update for Windows 11 with huge widget changes and fixes for lots of issues

The focus for most Windows 11 users has been, understandably, the release of Windows 11 2022 Update and all of the new features and options it brings. But Microsoft has also released a preview of the KB5017383 update for Windows 11 ahead of its proper release next Patch Tuesday.

Although this is a non-security update, it is an important one for a number of reasons. Firstly, it addresses several issues with Windows 11 including a blue screen problem and another issue with the Microsoft Store. Secondly, the update adds new features to the operating system such as new options for widgets and adding WebAuthn redirection.

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Kingston unveils FURY Beast Special Edition RGB DDR4 RAM for gamers and enthusiasts

If you build your own desktop computers, you know that the component brands you choose can really matter. For instance, if you opt for an unknown company for your RAM, power supply, or storage, there is a very good chance you will run into problems. This is why I always recommend sticking with reputable brands -- saving a few bucks is never worth the hassle of troubleshooting crashes.

Kingston is a company that has been around for a long time, and its products are typically very reliable -- I trust its products for sure. Today, that company announces its latest DDR4 RAM, and the memory modules are very beautiful. Called "FURY Beast Special Edition RGB," this limited edition RAM features white heat spreaders and RGB lighting.

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Firefox 105 promises improved stability in low-memory situations, touchpad improvements

Mozilla is rolling out Firefox 105 for Windows, Mac and Linux machines. Key takeaways from this new build include improved stability and efficiency in low memory situations in Linux and Windows, as well as an option to print just the current page from the print preview dialog.

Major new features, then, are hard to find in Firefox 105. Swipe to navigate -- using two fingers on a touchpad -- has been implemented in Windows allowing users to swiftly move back and forwards through their history. The new build also promises a doubling of speed when searching large lists for individual items.

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Microsoft releases Windows 11 2022 Update -- here's what new and how to get it

Windows 11 2022 Update

The first major update for Windows 11 is finally here. Starting today, Microsoft is rolling out the Windows 11 2022 Update, ending speculation and rumors about the precise name and release date.

It is hard to downplay the significance of this update; for many people it will transform Windows 11 into the operating system it should have been from the very beginning. There's a lot to explore in this major update including the addition of Focus sessions and Do Not Disturb, new customization options for the Start menu, updates to Snap Layouts and much more. Some things (notably Explorer tabs), unfortunately, are missing for now, and will be added in the coming weeks.

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