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Daisy

It’s time for a paradigm shift in the way we view cyber security…
Effective cybersecurity begins in the boardroom: organizations need to adopt a top-down approach to cyber security if they are to successfully navigate today’s hostile digital landscape says Paul Rose.
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• UK / World

Predictions for 2020: how data centres will develop and trends to be aware of
Jackson Lee, Vice President of Corporate Development, at Colt Data Centre Services, looks ahead to 2020 and the technology, market, and regulatory trends that will impact data centres / centers around the world.
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• UK / World

How many of these ten security cyber mistakes is your organization making?
Andy Pearch, Head of IA Services, CORVID, reflects on ten common mistakes that organizations make when it comes to cyber security. How many do you recognise and what can your organization do to improve?
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• UK / World

ClearView

Ransomware: how hyperconverged systems can help reduce the attack surface
Ransomware has never been far from the headlines during 2019, and the threat is unlikely to reduce in 2020. Alan Conboy explains how hyperconverged systems can assist in the fight against ransomware by helping reduce the attack surface.
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• World

Why being proactive is the key to effective cyber security…
Traditional cyber security is based on protecting the organization with barriers and reacting to any breaches that occur. Dean Moulden explains why this is no longer effective: and why taking a proactive, zero trust, approach is now essential.
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• World

Robot risks: examining the underlying insecurities in the future of robotics
The social influence of robots on people and the insecurities this can bring should not be underestimated. Research conducted by Kaspersky and Ghent University has found that robots can effectively extract sensitive information from people who trust them, by persuading them to take unsafe actions.
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• World

Assurance Software

Why automated network security management matters
A 2019 AlgoSec study found that over 42 percent of organizations had experienced an application or network outage caused by a human error or misconfiguration. Kyle Wickert explains why this figure is so high; and why automation is key to improvement.
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• World

Six steps to a robust cyber security strategy
This October marks the 16th annual Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and this should serve as a reminder that businesses of all sizes need to implement strong cyber security. Graham Marcroft highlights six areas that combine to help create a holistic cyber security strategy.
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• UK / World

Observability and visibility in cyber security: key reasons they are not the same; and why it matters
In today’s increasingly complex cyber landscape, it is now more important than ever for organizations to be able to analyse contextual data in order to make informed decisions regarding their network security policy.
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• World

Fortress

Making the case for work-area recovery
Work-area recovery (WAR) is sometimes seen as one of yesterday’s business continuity strategies. In this article, Innes le Roux explains why he believes that this is not the case and why you’re not truly resilience without work-area recovery.
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• Africa / World

The right way to IaaS: achieving secure flexibility and scalability
Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offerings allow enterprises to focus on business growth, gain flexibility and scalability, as well as achieve significant cost savings. However, IaaS also raises some unique data leakage concerns that must be addressed. Anurag Kahol looks at three cornerstones of security when considering IaaS platforms...
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• World

NEWS ARTICLES

Capital Continuity

Cloud services backup: survey finds major gap between perceptions and realities
UK enterprises are placing themselves at serious risk by misunderstanding their cloud service providers’ backup provisions, according to research for 4sl. In the Vanson Bourne survey of 200 large UK enterprises, the majority of senior IT decision makers believe that their cloud service providers retain backup data for much longer than they actually do.
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• UK / World

NTT predicts that security orchestration, automation and response will gain traction in 2020
Security orchestration, automation and response (SOAR) will ‘rocket’ to address cyber attacks happening at machine speed says ‘The Future Disrupted: 2020 Technology Trends’, a new report from NTT.
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• World

Study finds that many organizations will miss the Windows 7 end-of-life deadline
Ivanti has published survey results that capture the pain points and priorities of IT professionals when faced with migrating user devices to Windows 10. 59 percent of IT professionals report that they still haven’t migrated all their users to Windows 10, despite the imminent end of regular support for Windows 7 on January 14th, 2020.
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• World

Risk Logic

Senior security professionals are pessimistic about cyber incident response
Nominet has announced the findings of its Cyber Confidence Report, which analysed almost 300 senior security practitioners in the UK and US. The report finds that many respondents are not confident in their organization’s cyber resilience and its ability to recover from an incident.
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• US / UK

Research reveals the majority of organizations believe cyber threats will increase in 2020
FireEye, Inc., has released its inaugural FireEye Cyber Trendscape Report. FireEye surveyed over 800 CISOs and other senior executives across North America, Europe, and Asia to uncover attitudes towards some of cyber security’s most prevalent topics.
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• UK / Europe

Survey shows that many UK businesses are unaware and unprepared when it comes to protecting themselves against cyber attacks
A survey of 1,032 IT workers in full or part-time employment, carried out by technology services provider Probrand, has found that more than one in five (21 percent) don’t actually know what a ‘cyber-attack’ constitutes.
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• UK

eBRP

AI use expected to increase in risk and compliance efforts
Nearly half (48.5 percent) of C-suite and other executives at organizations that use artificial intelligence (AI) expect to increase AI use for risk management and compliance efforts in the year ahead, according to a recent Deloitte poll.
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• US / World

GDPR is transforming data security in Europe, but UK lags behind: survey
New research commissioned by Check Point shows that GDPR is delivering a strong positive effect overall for European businesses – but with some significant variations between countries in terms of adopting GDPR measures.
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• UK / Europe

Organizations are struggling to predict the impact of threats and vulnerabilities associated with emerging tech
More than half of risk professionals worldwide say that their organization’s risk levels have increased in the past 12 months, according to new research from ISACA, CMMI Institute and Infosecurity Group.
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• US / World

Study shows the real benefits where companies share cyber security risk management information
Research by the North Carolina State University shows that when one company experiences a cyber security breach, other companies in the same field also become less attractive to investors. However, companies that are open about their cyber security risk management fare significantly better than peers that don't disclose their cyber security efforts.
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• US / World

Cloud Security Alliance releases anti-DDoS research paper
The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) has published new research on using a software-defined perimeter (SDP) as a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack prevention mechanism.
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• US / World

‘Prepare for a new cyber Cold War in 2020’: Check Point
Check Point Software Technologies has published its cyber security predictions for 2020. They highlight the major cyber incidents and technical developments that Check Point’s researchers anticipate will impact our societies and businesses in the coming year...
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• World

55 percent of enterprises don’t know how Brexit will affect their backup and disaster recovery plans
UK enterprises are increasingly concerned over whether they will be able to transfer data when the UK leaves the European Union – according to research by 4sl.
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• UK

Mobile malware is a much bigger organizational threat than commonly thought
BlackBerry has released a new report into mobile malware, ‘Mobile Malware and APT Espionage: Prolific, Pervasive, and Cross-Platform’, which examines how advanced persistent threat (APT) groups have been leveraging mobile malware in combination with traditional desktop malware in ongoing surveillance and espionage campaigns.
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• World

5G and AI expected to bring heightened cyber security risks: study
An overwhelming majority of cyber security and risk management leaders believe that developments in 5G wireless technology will create cyber security challenges for their organizations.
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• UK / World

Future business continuity: managing robot availability?
At Mobile World Congress Los Angeles CloudMinds Technology Inc. has given organizations a glimpse of the future, displaying its XR-1 humanoid robot powered by cloud artificial intelligence, commercial Sprint True Mobile 5G and proprietary vision-controlled grasping technology for service robots. The control system leverages human operator input for constant learning.
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• US / World

88 percent of financial services organizations experienced DNS attacks in the past 12 months: survey
The financial services sector is the most targeted industry, according to the EfficientIP sponsored IDC Infobrief 2019 Global DNS Threat Report, with 88 percent of financial services respondents experiencing under-the-radar DNS attacks in the past year.
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• World

Organizations reminded to act soon on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 end of support deadline
The Carnegie Mellon University CERT Division has issued a warning to organizations about the January 14th, 2020, deadline when Microsoft ends support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.
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• US / World

Cyber security age-gap research shows importance of considering generational differences in strategies
According to a new report on behaviour and attitudes to cyber security among different age groups, employees over the age of 30 are more likely to adopt cyber security best practice than younger colleagues who have grown up around digital technology.
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• World

Only 28 percent of US enterprises say CEO and board approves acceptable level of cyber risk
Ponemon Institute research, evaluating accountability for ensuring the effectiveness and efficiency of security practices, technologies, and controls within enterprises, demonstrates a clear lack of accountability, especially on the board and among C-suite executives.
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• US

CEO and CISO disconnect puts Australian organizations at risk: Unisys survey
Chief executive officer (CEO) confidence regarding an organization's ability to detect and manage cyber concerns far outstrips that of chief information security officers (CISOs) – a disconnect that puts organizations at risk of cyber attacks, according to research released by Unisys Corporation.
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• Australia

The cost of ransomware-related downtime has increased more than 200 percent
Datto, Inc., has announced findings from its fourth annual Global State of the Channel Ransomware Report. The survey of more than 1,400 MSP decision makers that manage the IT systems for small-to-medium-sized businesses (SMBs) found that ransomware remains the most common cyber threat to SMBs.
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• World

Employees’ poor password habits remain a key obstacle to business’ security
LastPass by LogMeIn has released the results of its 3rd Annual Global Password Security Report, a study that offers insights into employee password activities as well as emerging trends around identity and access management in businesses worldwide.
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• World

Research reveals negligent users as top cyber security threat to German organizations
SolarWinds has released findings of its latest cyber security research which highlights the threats technology professionals face today and those they expect over the next 12 months. The study found that internal factors are the most prominent cyber security threat.
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• Europe

The industrial cyber threat landscape explored
Kaspersky solutions were triggered on 41.6 percent of industrial control system (ICS) computers in the energy sector globally in the first six months of 2019. This was followed by automotive manufacturing (39.3 percent) and building automation (37.8 percent).
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• World

Only 12 percent of UK enterprises can detect anomalous activity in their IT networks
ManageEngine has announced the findings of its ‘State of IT in the UK - 2019’ survey, which was conducted on behalf of the company by Vitreous World, an independent research consultancy.
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• UK

Study looks at the views of risk managers about cyber risk management
Zurich Insurance, in collaboration with Advisen, has released the ninth annual cyber survey of corporate risk managers and insurance buyers revealing current views about information security and cyber risk management. A key finding of the 2019 survey is that business interruptions due to cyber events are a top concern.
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• World

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