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FEATURE ARTICLES

Emerging trends in security operations management
Looking back over more than 12 months of pandemic lockdowns in various parts of the World and looking forward to the 'next normals', Spencer Lichtenstein considers the impacts on security operations management and the future trends in this area that we are likely to see.
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• UK / World

The benefits of reputation management transparency: a case study
Nir Kossovsky, Peter Gerken, and Denise Williamee look at why a recent announcement by Apollo Global Management, which gave details of developments in the company’s reputation risk management processes, resulted in a surge in equity value.
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• US / World

Using intelligent automation to stay ahead of COVID-19 disruption
As organizations move from COVID-19 crisis response to planning long term workplace resiliency, Jim Nicol describes why intelligent automation is a key emerging tool in pandemic response and recovery.
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• World

LATEST NEWS

Cloud Cyber Resilience Report uncovers developing sources of cloud risk
Accurics has published its latest research document, the ‘Accurics Cloud Cyber Resilience Report’, which highlights security risks identified in cloud native environments.
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BlackBerry 2021 Annual Threat Report highlights the increasing sophistication of cybercrime tactics
BlackBerry Limited has released the 2021 BlackBerry Threat Report, detailing a sharp rise in cyber threats facing organizations since the onset of COVID-19. The research shows a cybercrime industry which not only adapted to new digital habits, but also became increasingly successful in finding and targeting vulnerable organizations.
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• World

A new organization becomes a victim of ransomware every 10 seconds worldwide
Check Point Research (CPR), the Threat Intelligence arm of Check Point, has published its 2021 Security Report. The report reveals the key attack vectors and techniques observed by CPR researchers as criminal, political and nation-state threat actors exploited the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic to target organizations across all sectors.
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• World

Four ways proxies can help shield businesses
Overall industry trends reveal that cyber security reliance on proxy services peaked during the COVID-19 crisis, especially in the most heated months from March to May 2020. This was impacted by the increase of malicious domains, ransomware attacks, and malware during this destabilising period.
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Researchers find four simple fixes for 'Zoom fatigue' which can help make crisis videoconferencing more effective
Prompted by the recent boom in videoconferencing, Professor Jeremy Bailenson, founding director of the Stanford Virtual Human Interaction Lab (VHIL), examined the psychological consequences of spending hours per day on these platforms. The results provide some relevant information for when videoconferencing is used during incident response.
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• US / World

Pandemic crisis response is accelerating the move to ‘Everything-as-a-Service’ (XaaS) solutions
Deloitte has published the results of a survey which highlights how business continuity requirements have encouraged many organizations to speed up moves to ‘Everything-as-a-Service’ (XaaS) solutions.
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• World

Environment Agency CEO warns that UK climate change impacts are hitting ‘worst case scenario’ levels
Sir James Bevan, Chief Executive of the Environment Agency, has told a panel session at the Association of British Insurers annual conference that the UK is ‘seeing the impacts of the climate emergency hitting worst case scenario’ levels.
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• UK

New report looks at supply chain resilience and trends in the retail, pharmaceutical and consumer electronics sectors
Over half of companies lack end-to-end visibility into their supply chains leaving many vulnerable to unexpected risks according to a new Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) research report commissioned by The Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM).
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• US

RIMS survey shows a large increase in the uptake of integrated enterprise risk management programs
According to the recently published RIMS 2020 Enterprise Risk Management Survey 98 percent of responding organizations have a fully or partially integrated ERM program in place, up 26 percent from 2017.
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• World

COVID-19: researchers show that ozone is effective in disinfecting office spaces
Researchers from Tel Aviv University, Bar Ilan University, and Azrieli College have demonstrated that ozone can effectively be used to disinfect surfaces which have been contaminated with the COVID-19 virus, SARS-CoV-2.
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• Israel / World

NEW PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

Willis Towers Watson and Liberty Specialty Markets launch reputational crisis insurance option
Willis Towers Watson and Liberty Specialty Markets have announced the availability of Reputational Crisis Insurance – new solution that enables organizations to transfer the financial risk associated with certain types of reputational crises in addition to providing access to a range of non-insurance capabilities, including AI-powered data analysis.
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• World

Check Point launches Harmony: holistic remote working security for enterprises
Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. has launched Check Point Harmony, a unified solution to enable secure connectivity to any resource anywhere and to give total endpoint protection for users on any device.
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• World

Veeam Backup & Replication v11 released: includes 200+ new features and enhancements
Veeam Software has announced the general availability of Veeam Backup & Replication v11. With more than 200 new features and enhancements, v11 includes reliable security and ransomware protection and offers a single platform for modern data protection, combining backup, replication, storage snapshots, and continuous data protection.
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