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FEATURE ARTICLES

As business continuity and information security move closer together, how can the NIST framework help?
Steve Burden and David Davies look at the NIST framework and its role in cyber threat protection & incident response. They explain why it’s important that cyber response plans link to BC and ICT continuity plans.
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Is your disaster recovery strategy robust enough for today’s environment?
This back to basics article written by the team at OGL Computer offers insights into why DR is so important, how even common DR strategies can sometimes fail, and why today’s business environment mean it's time for a radical rethink of older strategies.
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Why ‘build your own app’ is becoming the next security headache
Hybrid working models and the growing availability of easy to use app-building tool kits could spur the start of a ‘build your own application’ trend. Companies need to be aware and need to consider the associated security threats says Ben Field.
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Why the pandemic has been a catalyst for ransomware attacks and what to do about it
Ryan Weeks discusses the results of a recent survey looking at ransomware trends and provides some advice to help organizations defend against and respond to such attacks.
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What’s next for endpoint management and security?
One of the challenges that the pandemic has created for organizations is endpoint management and security and too many organizations are failing to address these issues. Ken Galvin describes the extent of the problem and what organizations should be doing about it.
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Handling the backup challenge that comes with the remote work explosion
The worldwide move to remote work in the past year has brought business continuity challenges as well as advantages. Backup management is one such challenge and in this article, four technology experts from Commvault answer key questions in this area.
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NEWS ARTICLES

3rd Annual Outage Analysis published by Uptime Institute
Uptime Institute has announced the findings of its Annual Outage Analysis, which highlights that while improvements have been made with technology and better management of availability, outages remain a major industry, customer, and regulatory concern.
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61 percent of organizations experienced ransomware impacts in 2020
The annual Mimecast ‘The State of Email Security’ report has been released and shows that enterprises faced unprecedented cyber security risk in 2020 from increasing attack volume, the pandemic-driven digital transformation of work, and generally deficient cyber preparedness and training.
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The COVID-19 pandemic saw the mobile attack surface expand dramatically: report
Check Point has published its 2021 Mobile Security Report. The report examines the latest emerging threats targeting enterprise mobile devices, and gives a comprehensive overview of the major trends in mobile malware, device vulnerabilities, and in nation-state cyber attacks.
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Report identifies a large drop in dwell times as cyber attack detection capabilities improve
FireEye, Inc., has released the FireEye Mandiant M-Trends 2021 report. Now in its 12th year the report outlines critical details on trending attacker techniques and channels.
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Many enterprises see customer data protection as a priority but fail to act effectively
Enterprises see protecting customer personal information as the top reason to encrypt data, and yet report actually encrypting customer data at a far lower rate. This and other findings are highlighted in the Entrust 2021 Global Encryption Trends study, the sixteenth annual multinational survey by the Ponemon Institute.
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Enterprises face a high likelihood of outages due to machine identity management issues
Keyfactor and Ponemon Institute have released the first ‘State of Machine Identity Management Report’, a study exploring enterprises’ ability to manage and protect machine identities, keys and certificates in digital business.
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Cring ransomware targets industrial and business systems through vulnerability in VPN servers
In early 2021, threat actors conducted a series of attacks using the Cring ransomware. Until recently it remained unclear how the ransomware infects an organization’s network but an incident investigation conducted by Kaspersky ICS CERT experts at one of the attacked enterprises revealed that attacks by Cring ransomware exploit a vulnerability in VPN servers.
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Researchers develop method for enhancing resilience against replay attacks in computer systems
Today’s complex, multi-tier systems, depend on layered communications to accomplish their tasks - yet every point of contact becomes a potential target for replay attacks. These are difficult to identify because the malicious actor uses information already in the system.
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A third of UK businesses believe they are now more vulnerable to cyber crime than pre-pandemic
Recent IoD research shows that UK businesses are feeling more vulnerable to cyber crime now, compared with before the pandemic. In a poll of 789 IoD members, almost one in three directors indicated that their organization is now more vulnerable to cyber crime.
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• UK

Cloud usage, management, security, and downtime explored in new study
The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and AlgoSec have announced the results of a new survey, the ‘State of Cloud Security Concerns, Challenges, and Incidents’. The study, which queried nearly 1,900 IT and security professionals from a variety of organizational sizes and locations, sought to gain deeper insight into the cloud environment which has grown more complex since the onset of the pandemic.
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The eight top current security and risk management trends
Security and risk management leaders must address eight top trends to enable rapid reinvention in their organization, as COVID-19 accelerates digital business transformation and challenges traditional cyber security practices, according to Gartner, Inc.
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UK government survey shows that two in five UK businesses experienced cyber attacks in the last year
Two in five UK businesses (39 percent) report having cyber security breaches or attacks in the last 12 months, according to new figures from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).
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• UK

The Fifth Annual Global State of the WAN Report
Aryaka has published its fifth annual 2021 State of the WAN report, which surveyed over 1350 global IT and network practitioners at enterprises spanning all verticals, headquartered in NA, APAC and EMEA. The survey asked respondents about their networking and performance challenges, priorities and their plans for 2021 and beyond.
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BCI Horizon Scan Report 2021 available: identifies emerging risks for 2021
The BCI has published its annual Horizon Scan Report, sponsored this year by BSI. The Horizon Scan Report 2021 identifies emerging risks as identified by business continuity professionals around the world.
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NCSC issues insider threat guide for US critical infrastructure entities
The US National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) has published 'Insider Threat Mitigation for U.S. Critical Infrastructure Entities: Guidelines from an Intelligence Perspective'. The new publication focuses on the human threats to US critical infrastructure including employees at critical infrastructure organizations who may be exploited by foreign adversaries.
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State of Remote Work Report reveals top security issues
archTIS and subsidiary Nucleus Cyber have announced the publication of the 2021 State of Remote Work Security report that was produced in collaboration with Cybersecurity Insiders.
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Survey finds that 58 percent of data backups fail when restoration is attempted
Data protection challenges are undermining organizations’ abilities to execute digital transformation (DX) initiatives globally, according to the Veeam Data Protection Report 2021, which found that 58 percent of backups fail, leaving data unprotected.
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CISA gives details of a tool it has developed for detecting post-compromise threat activity
The US Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CSIA) has published details of the CHIRP indicators of compromise (IOC) detection tool which it is making freely available.
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• US

DDoS attacks reached a record high in 2020 and became increasingly complex
Link11 has released findings from its DDoS Report for 2020, which reveal that DDoS attacks reached a record high during the pandemic as cybercriminals launched new and increasingly complex attacks.
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