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FEATURE ARTICLES

As a board member do you really understand the risks faced by your organization - especially those related to enterprise IT systems?
In an article that aims to help board members ask appropriate questions within their organizations Nick Denning looks at how to analyse and categorise risks, with a particular focus on enterprise IT systems.
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• World

Protecting businesses from ransomware at the edge
Remote/branch office (ROBO) environments that operate at the edge of businesses are often more vulnerable to cyber attacks than other areas of the organization. In this article Richard Massey offers four tips to help organizations prevent and respond to ransomware attacks on ROBO environments.
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• World

Five tough questions you need to answer about ransomware
Ransomware is a top agenda item for executives and board of directors with organizations across the globe. Jim McGann presents five questions that every organization, whether a global enterprise or a micro-business, needs to have answers to with regards to this threat.
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• World

Key considerations when building a disaster recovery plan for private cloud
One of the most persistent and baseless misconceptions about private cloud is that companies don’t need a disaster recovery plan for their business applications. Girish Dadge explains why this is a misconception and looks at what needs to be in place for effective DR.
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• World

Why Backup-as-a-Service solutions are replacing traditional backup methods
As organizations navigate the changing operating and threat environment Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS) is becoming increasing popular as an alternative to on-premises storage. Jonathan Bowl describes the advantages compared to traditional backup methods.
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• World

Why cyber resilience and security leadership must come from the top of organizations
In this article, Rick Jones suggests that, rather than finding someone to blame when security measures fail, it is imperative that company executives and boards take the lead when it comes to cyber resilience and security.
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• UK / World

Closing the gap between cyber security and business continuity management
With cyber attacks increasingly aiming to create business disruption, it is important for organizations to ensure that cyber security and business continuity management teams work together says Terry Storra. Here he outlines the advantages of integration between these two protective disciplines.
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• UK / World

NEWS ARTICLES

76 percent of IT teams admit security took a backseat to business continuity during the pandemic
HP Inc. has published its HP Wolf Security Rebellions & Rejections report, a comprehensive global study highlighting the tension between IT teams and employees working from home (WFH) that security leaders must resolve in order to secure the future of work.
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• World

2021 Global DNS Threat Report reveals the extent and impacts of DNS attacks
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the financial sector has suffered the highest costs per DNS attack, compared to other industries. This was revealed in the 2021 Global DNS Threat Report, a study recently published by EfficientIP and the International Data Corporation (IDC).
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• World

Less than half of UK organizations have adapted cyber security processes to match changes in remote working
The majority of surveyed UK organizations are relying on employee education rather than wider strategy changes to meet the challenges of today’s remote work scenarios.
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• UK

91 percent of industrial organizations are open to cyber attackers, researchers find
Positive Technologies has released new research that examines information security risks present in industrial companies, the second-most targeted sector by cybercriminals in 2020.
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• World

Remote working has not led to an increase in IT downtime, finds Databarracks research
New research by Databarracks has found that 27 percent of surveyed organizations experienced no unplanned IT downtime in the last 12 months, the same figure as in a similar survey in 2019. This is despite widespread remote working and a heavy reliance on connectivity and cloud services.
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• UK

Lessons learned from Australia’s November 2021 ASX Trade outage published
The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) have released a summary of an independent expert review of the 16th November 2020 ASX Trade outage.
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• Australia

Trickle-down of nation state tools and techniques expected to increase effectiveness of cyber attacks
HP Wolf Security has released the findings of a global survey of 1,100 IT decision makers (ITDMs), examining their concerns around rising Nation State cyber attacks.
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• World

Survey highlights why threat hunting is important for cyber resilience
A new Ponemon survey, commissioned by Team Cymru, has found that half of attacks on organizations that caused severe business disruption were by repeat offenders - and 61 percent of these were never resolved.
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• World

RDDoS attacks on organizations becoming as important as ransomware says report
44 percent of organizations have been the target or victim of a ransom-related distributed denial of service (RDDoS) attack in the last 12 months, according to new research from the Neustar International Security Council (NISC).
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• World

Security researchers find ‘staggering number’ of industrial control system vulnerabilities in 2021
Industrial control system (ICS) vulnerability disclosures are drastically increasing as high-profile cyber attacks on critical infrastructure and industrial enterprises have elevated ICS security to a mainstream issue according to the third Biannual ICS Risk & Vulnerability Report released by Claroty.
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• World

IDC survey finds more than one third of organizations worldwide experienced ransomware-related downtime in last 12 months
A new International Data Corporation (IDC) survey has found that more than one third of organizations worldwide have experienced a ransomware attack or breach that blocked access to systems or data in the previous 12 months.
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• World

Cyber security needs a ‘radical cultural change at boardroom level’: KPMG
Organizations across the world have made strides in remote working and collaboration during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the proliferation of digitization is creating significant new cyber threats that require radical cultural change at boardroom level, says KPMG.
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• World

Businesses impacts of bot attacks explored in new report
Netacea, the bot detection and mitigation specialist, has released results from a new survey-based report that reveals the high price that businesses pay because of bot traffic.
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• US / UK

Survey shows increasing organizational reliance on AWS; and highlights security blind spots
Vectra AI has released the findings of its new PaaS and IaaS Security Survey Report. The report presents the results of a survey of 317 IT executives all using AWS, 70 percent coming from organizations of 1,000+ employees.
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• World

SMBs becoming prime cyber attack targets according to the Acronis Cyberthreats Report mid-year update
Acronis has released its Cyberthreats Report Mid-year 2021 update, an in-depth review of the cyber threat trends the company’s experts are tracking. The report warns that small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are at particular risk based on the attack trends seen during the first six months of the year.
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• World

COSO issues guidance document on Enterprise Risk Management for Cloud Computing
The Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO), in collaboration with Crowe LLP, has developed new ERM guidance: ‘Enterprise Risk Management for Cloud Computing’.
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• World

ENISA report looks at the Threat Landscape for Supply Chain Attacks
According to a new ENISA report – ‘Threat Landscape for Supply Chain Attacks’, which analysed 24 recent attacks, strong security protection is no longer enough for organizations when attackers have already shifted their attention to suppliers.
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• Europe

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