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FEATURE ARTICLES

Cyber security and the organizational servomechanism
An organization's stability and adaptability functions are controlled by the ‘organizational servomechanism’ (OSM). In this article, Alberto G. Alexander, Ph.D, MBCI, describes a step by step process to address cyber security risks affecting the OSM and gives some recommendations for developing associated continuity strategies.
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Trends and developments in ransomware
Ransomware has rapidly become the key cyber threat to organizations globally, with the number of bad actors increasing and extortion tactics evolving. Joseph Buckley looks at trends in this area and how the ransomware threat is likely to develop in the future.
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Cyber security: three reasons why you may be protecting the wrong thing
For too long now, organizations have been focusing on protecting their network, when in fact they should have been protecting their data. Paul German outlines three reasons why this has been the case and why it matters.
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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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NEWS ARTICLES

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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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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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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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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Cyber ‘arms race’ is at a tipping point says the 2021 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report
Threat actors are weaponizing cloud storage and using advanced cloud-based tools to create record ransomware attack effectiveness and volume, according to the 2021 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report.
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HP research shows that the vast majority of malware is still delivered by email
HP has published its latest Quarterly Threat Insights Report, providing analysis of real-world attacks against customers worldwide. The report found that 88 percent of malware was delivered by email into users’ inboxes, in many cases having bypassed gateway filters.
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Data risk management practices failing to keep up with the evolution of information sharing
Veritas Technologies has published the results from new research, The Veritas Hidden Threat of Business Collaboration Report. This polled 12,500 office workers across ten countries and shows that employees are exposing companies to risk by taking data out of the control of businesses that employ them.
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Cyber security: moving from cyber prevention to cyber resilience
The pandemic is accelerating distributed service architectures, which is driving changes to the security landscape. Changes in working practices are exposing different attacks, altering the types and severity of threats an organization is exposed to.
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IDC develops a Digital Resiliency Framework to guide required technology investments and organizational changes
A new report from IDC presents a new Digital Resiliency Framework that ‘shows CEOs, CIOs, and other business leaders how technology can support the entire organization through the different stages of any business crisis’.
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• US / World

CISA warns about recently discovered vulnerabilities in Microsoft Exchange Server
The US Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has released an alert concerning vulnerabilities in Microsoft Exchange Server. Microsoft issued its own alert highlighting this issue earlier in the week.
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Survey finds that organizations experience high levels of unauthorized access to cloud resources
CloudSphere has published the findings of its new report ‘In the Dark: Why Enterprise Blind Spots are Leaving Sensitive Enterprise Data Vulnerable to Breaches’, conducted by Dimensional Research.
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Half of organizations fear that remote working has increased cyber breach risks
LogMeIn has released a new survey report conducted in partnership with IDG to understand the relationship between IT and productive, safe remote work. working arrangement, many are re-evaluating the solutions they need.
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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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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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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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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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Report highlights how cybercriminals have shifted tactics in response to pandemic induced changes to working practices
Malwarebytes has announced the findings of its annual ‘State of Malware’ report. This highlights how cybercriminals ditched many of their old tactics in response to the global pandemic forcing many employees to quickly become a remote workforce.
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