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Cybersecurity regulations in force for financial sector in New York; CISOs play vital role

Aug 31 by Luana Pascu

Some $86.4 billion has been spent globally on information security so far in 2017 alone, a 7 percent increase from 2016, according to Gartner. The forecast for 2018 is that the spending will reach $93 billion, making the Chief Information Security Officer a fundamental role in any organization.

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US, UK companies reported an average of five significant security incidents in the past year, survey shows

Aug 30 by Razvan Muresan

Four in ten companies in the US and the UK experienced five or more significant security incidents in the past year, among most cited external threats being malware, ransomware, and browser lockers (44%), phishing email, web or social (42%), domain infringement or DNS exposure/direct (42%), scams and disingenuous ads (40%), mobile app exposures and unknown or unauthorized rogue company mobile app (37%), and brand abuse and defacement (35%), according to a recent survey conducted by IDG.

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Danish CISOs fear that hacktivists could attack their companies, survey shows

Aug 28 by Razvan Muresan

Danish IT execs perceive hacktivist entities and competitors as the main interested parties that could target their organisations, according to a recent Bitdefender survey. The study confirms that competitors interested in corporate espionage and foreign state-sponsored attackers come second and third, with 61 percent and 46 percent, respectively.

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Addressing the Security Risks of Mergers and Acquisitions

Aug 24 by Bogdan Botezatu

Among the riskier activities enterprises can undertake are merging with or acquiring other businesses—and not just for the financial considerations involved. Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) present a number of cyber security risks that might not even be on the radar screen when merger discussions first begin.

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DDoS attacks increase 28% as PBot authors use decades-old PHP code

Aug 23 by Filip Truta

New data from Akamai Technologies reveals that distributed denial of service (DDoS) and web application attacks are on this rise following months of decline, increasing 28% in Q2 2017 from the same period last year.

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US: Targeted attacks impact decisions at the board level, survey shows

Aug 22 by Razvan Muresan

Some 90 percent of boards of directors in the US address cybersecurity as a serious risk management issue with severe reputation and financial consequences, while only 8 percent haven’t done it so far, according to a recent Bitdefender survey.

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Healthcare data breaches on the rise

Aug 21 by George V. Hulme

An analysis of healthcare data breaches for the first half of the year shows that the healthcare industry is on the path to suffer more one data breach a day this year.

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Developers: business leadership doesn’t understand tech

Aug 17 by George V. Hulme

One doesn’t have to look far to see software is vulnerable, and who better to discuss the perceived state of software security than developers. With that in mind, Netsparker recently conducted a survey that looked at the views of developers on eactly this subject.

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Companies to spend close to $100b on cyber security by 2018 – Gartner

Aug 16 by Filip Truta

Organizations worldwide are on track to spend a cumulative $86.4 billion on information security products this year, a 7 percent increase over 2016, Gartner reports. The research firm anticipates that figure will climb to $93 billion in 2018.

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Get Ready for the Internet of Things—and the Inherent Security Threats

Aug 14 by Razvan Muresan

It’s safe to say that the concept of the Internet of Things (IoT) has progressed to the point where a growing number of organizations are exploring the opportunities. What might not be so safe is the IoT itself; security remains one of the biggest concerns and challenges of implementations.

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UK drafts Data Protection Bill to stay on par with EU’s GDPR after Brexit

Aug 09 by Filip Truta

Taking a leaf from the EU’s book on data protection, the United Kingdom is preparing to introduce a new law that will see it aligned with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), to be on par with the rest of Europe after it is no longer a member of the union.

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Doing More with Less: Leveraging Virtualization and Hyperconvergence for IT Management

Aug 09 by Liviu Arsene

Virtualizations plays a critical role in today’s data centers, as it was designed to reduce operational costs while boosting performance and efficiency. The emergence of software-defined data centers (SDDC) and hyperconverged infrastructures (HCI) that rely on an extra abstraction layer enables faster provisioning of storage, compute and networking resources while offering IT admins an automation architecture through the use of APIs and policies.

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Following GAO Report Detailing IoT Security Risks, Legislatures Proffer Plan to Harden IoT Devices

Aug 09 by George V. Hulme

A bill introduced earlier this week in the United States Senate aims to bolster the security of Internet-connected devices by using the vast-purchasing power of the United States Government to enforce a baseline security standard.

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The balancing act of IT: Retaining control over a distributed IT

Aug 07 by Liviu Arsene

Digitalization has brought new opportunities for companies and new challenges for IT teams. If legacy data centers were built around vendor-specific hardware, requiring dedicated manpower and software for maintenance, hyperconvergence (HCI) and today’s software-defined data centers (SDDC) introduce a new abstraction layer that turns hardware into a commodity.

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Cloud security spending increased for half of US companies in 2016

Aug 04 by Razvan Muresan

Cloud security spending increased for 48 percent of the companies in the past year, while the IT security budget for other security activities remained the same, as shown in a Bitdefender survey of more than 500 IT decision makers.

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How do I tell my CFO what security technologies to buy?

Aug 02 by Liviu Arsene

Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) these days have a hard time balancing budgets and acquisitions, especially when it comes to security. While for a CIO or a CSO the decision to invest in security might seem like a no-brainer, CFOs have to evaluate security spending against other business costs. And security is often difficult to distinguish from IT operations if you’re not involved in either.

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