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Daisy

How COVID-19 related remote working has changed the future of cyber resilience
One of the clear impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic is that it has forced many organizations into embracing remote working; and this may have an irreversible influence on future working practices – and cyber resilience. Tiago Dias explains…
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Access management and control considerations for zero trust security
Tawnya Lancaster considers the importance of access management and control for the zero trust model of information security and how it can contribute to a more dynamic model for resilient, flexible information security.
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Focusing on the recovery aspects of cyber resilience
A new academic paper by Dr. Cyril Onwubiko, Director, Enterprise Security Architecture, Pearson, presents a comprehensive cyber recovery operational framework. The paper has been published in the proceedings of the 2020 International Conference on Cyber Situational Awareness, Data Analytics and Assessment.
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ClearView

The missing link in cyber resilience?
Organizations need to embrace a mindset of continuously identifying - and closing - gaps in their cyber security posture to ensure the organization is as secure as it can be. To achieve this a person, or team, needs to be appointed to this role says Matt Cable.
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‘Grand Challenges in Resilience: Autonomous System Resilience through Design and Runtime Measures’
In a paper scheduled to be published in the IEEE Open Journal of the Computer Society, various researchers have set out what they see as key challenges for effective cyber resilience and steps that can be taken for improvement.
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Using deception to improve cyber resilience by turning the tables on attackers
Throughout history, deception has been a critical component of military activities. Now that most organizations are continuously targets of cyber attacks deception provides a way to stay ahead of cyber attacks instead of feeling like we’re always one step behind. Carolyn Crandall explains further...
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Assurance Software

Is your ICS being targeted? How to identify whether your organization is being lined-up for a Snake ransomware attack
According to research by Kaspersky ICS CERT experts a number of industrial companies are currently experiencing targeted attacks involving the Snake encryption ransomware. This article explains how to identify whether your organization is being lined-up for an attack.
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Focusing on risk and recovery: a ransomware preparation checklist
Recent weeks have seen new high-profile ransomware attacks hitting the headlines, adding to the difficulties for companies already working hard to manage COVID-19 issues. Charles Burger provides six tips to help reduce ransomware risks.
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NEWS ARTICLES

Fortress

Annual telecoms downtime across the EU reaches almost one billion user hours
ENISA, The European Union Agency for Cybersecurity, has published its 9th annual report on telecom security incidents, which provides an analysis of root causes and impacts of major incidents that happened in the course of 2019.
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• Europe

Malware decreases but ransomware threat rises in first half of 2020
The SonicWall Capture Labs threat research team has published a mid-year update to the 2020 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report, highlighting substantial increases in ransomware attacks. During the first half of 2020, global malware attacks fell from 4.8 billion to 3.2 billion (-24 percent) over 2019’s mid-year total.
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COVID-19 has increased cyber and financial risks as security teams reduce staff
Exabeam has released new research that identified the initial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on security teams. The report suggests that there have been increases in both cyber and financial risks since the onset of the pandemic. During this time, 80 percent of companies saw ‘slightly to considerably more’ cyber attack attempts, breaking down to 88 percent in the US and 74 percent in the UK.
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eBRP

Pandemic-induced changes will alter the future of business resiliency says Forrester
According to Forrester, the lasting global impact of COVID-19 will usher in five macro shifts that will permanently alter business and technology. In a new report, ‘The New, Unstable Normal: How COVID-19 Will Change Business and Technology Forever’, Forrester identifies business resiliency as one of these trends.
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State of ITSM in the COVID-19 Pandemic report looks at business continuity success levels
ManageEngine has announced the results of a new survey, ‘The State of ITSM in the COVID-19 Pandemic’. The survey, conducted among more than 500 global IT professionals, highlights the ramifications and challenges the COVID-19 pandemic caused for IT service teams.
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Check Point identifies critical vulnerability in Windows DNS: says that immediate action is needed
Researchers at Check Point have identified a security flaw in Windows DNS, the domain name system (DNS) services provided by Microsoft in Windows operating systems. Hackers could use this vulnerability to gain Domain Administrator rights over servers, and seize control of organizational networks.
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Risk Logic

Data Health Check 2020 survey shows increasing uptake of business continuity planning in the UK
Databarracks has announced the release of its 2020 Data Health Check results. Running since 2008, the annual report questions over 400 IT decision-makers in the UK on critical issues relating to IT resilience, cybersecurity, cloud and remote working.
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• UK

Gartner survey highlights the changed attitude to remote working
A recent Gartner survey of company leaders, representing HR, legal and compliance, finance and real estate, found that 82 percent of respondents intend to permit remote working some of the time as employees return to the workplace.
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• US / World

NIST seeks comments on integrating cyber security and enterprise risk management guidance
The US NIST is asking professionals to comment on the second public draft of its NISTIR 8286, Integrating Cybersecurity and Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) guidance. This aims to promote greater understanding of the relationship between cyber security risk management and ERM and the benefits of integrating those approaches.
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• US

Increased remote work drives BYOD, but security is not keeping pace
Bitglass has released its 2020 BYOD Report, which analyses enterprise use of bring your own device (BYOD) as well as the state of personal device security within organizations.
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Guide for building a resilient workforce amid technological disruption published by NGA
As COVID-19 accelerates disruptions impacting the American workforce, the National Governors Association (NGA) has issued the findings of a comprehensive two-year project examining ways that governors and other state policymakers can nurture a technologically resilient workforce ready to thrive in an evolving economy.
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• US / World

Adoption of cloud-based security tools accelerates as organizations support remote workforces during COVID-19
Exabeam has published the results of a new survey of UK security practitioners, which tracks the adoption and use of cloud-based security tools. This latest survey showed a marked increase in the adoption of these security tools compared to an earlier study carried out in March 2020 prior to the COVID-19 lockdown.
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• UK

Is business process automation essential for future resilience?
K2, a leader in intelligent process automation, has published the results of a recent Harris Poll survey, ‘Accelerating Automation: How Businesses are Adapting to a Post-COVID World’.
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• US / UK / Europe

Enterprises that halted IT cloud migrations due to the pandemic had more outages than those that continued
Enterprises that halted their cloud migration journey during the current global pandemic are two and a half times more likely than those that continued their move to the cloud to have experienced IT outages that negatively impacted their SLAs.
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• UK / US

Study identifies the main risks associated with digital transformation
‘Digital Transformation & Cyber Risk: What You Need to Know to Stay Safe’, a new study by the Ponemon Institute sponsored by CyberGRX, presents the results of surveys of nearly 900 IT security professionals and C-level executives.
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• World

New SOC research highlights that ‘overconfident security teams’ fail to focus on threat dwell time
Exabeam has released its annual ‘2020 State of the SOC Report,’ examining the processes and effectiveness of corporate security operations centers / centres (SOCs).
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• Various

Survey shows significant business impacts for organizations caught with poor data security practices
A survey for PCI Pal shows that a significant proportion of consumers will act with their feet and take their custom elsewhere, should their personal data be compromised by a business due to poor security practices amid the current pandemic.
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• UK / World

Majority of IT professionals report an increase in issues and incidents in the past three months
Ivanti has announced new findings from a survey studying the impact of the move to ‘work from home’ in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The findings show IT workloads, security issues, and communication challenges have all seen significant increases in this new remote working era.
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