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Beyond Identity looks to a passwordless future

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The death of the password has been predicted for a long time, yet it remains the most common way of logging into systems.

Identity management company Beyond Identity is looking to solve what is one of the biggest challenges in IT security and aims to re-establish trust in authentication chains by finally eliminating passwords as the weakest link.

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Why the human factor is key to cybersecurity [Q&A]

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There are many things to consider when it comes to making systems secure, but one thing that is often overlooked is the human angle.

George Finney, CISO, CEO and founder of Well Aware Security believes that cybersecurity is a people problem first and foremost -- people are the ones who write and employ processes and people are the ones who create and use technology. No surprise then that people are behind some 95 percent of cybersecurity incidents.

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Most developers admit releasing vulnerable applications

A new study shows that 81 percent of development teams have knowingly pushed vulnerable code live, with 20 percent of senior managers even admitting to doing so often.

The report from Immersive Labs based on work by Osterman Research shows low confidence in application security in general, with only half of CISOs believing secure applications could be developed and just 44 percent of all security teams believing their company could withstand a SolarWinds style attack on their build environment.

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New platform wants to simplify application security

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The transition to agile development, the rise of microservices, and an increased reliance on cloud services for business operations due to the pandemic have all contributed to an explosion in software development and a dramatic reduction in software delivery time.

But as the speed and complexity of application development skyrockets, application security professionals increasingly find themselves unable to keep up. Silicon Valley startup ArmorCode has produced a next-generation application security solution that consolidates three key AppSec needs into a single intelligent platform and it's raised $3 million in seed financing to develop it further.

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Virtual room technology delivers secure customer interactions for the finance sector

One of the problems the finance and banking sector has had during the pandemic has been reduced branch access and the inability to hold face-to-face meetings.

Identity specialist OneSpan has introduced a technology called Virtual Room. Using this, financial institutions and their customers can digitally review and sign documents together without having to combine multiple tools and apps.

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COVID-19 leads to a year of cybersecurity challenges

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Over the past 12 months, the COVID-19 pandemic has created the perfect environment for cybercrime to flourish, according to Verizon's 2021 Data Breach Investigations Report.

The report analyzed 29,207 quality incidents, of which 5,258 were confirmed breaches. With large numbers of people working remotely, phishing attacks increased by 11 percent, while attacks using ransomware rose by six percent.

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More than half of IT environments still contain WannaCry/NotPetya vulnerabilities

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A new report from cloud-native network detection and response company ExtraHop shows that on the fourth anniversary of the WannaCry attack a high percentage of IT environments are still running known vulnerabilities.

It shows the continuing use of ill-advised and insecure protocols, including Server Message Block version one (SMBv1), which was exploited by the WannaCry ransomware variant to encrypt nearly a quarter of a million machines worldwide, and is still found in 67 percent of environments.

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Cloud misconfigurations make 90 percent of companies vulnerable

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A large majority of companies that move to multi-cloud environments are not properly configuring their cloud-based services according to a new report from Aqua Security.

Over 12 months, Aqua's research team analysed anonymised cloud infrastructure data from hundreds of organizations. These were divided into SMBs and enterprises based on the volume of cloud resources they scanned.

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HP adds security by design for home and business users

HP is launching a newly integrated portfolio of secure by design PCs and printers, hardware-enforced endpoint security software, and endpoint security services to protect its customers from growing cyber threats.

The HP Wolf Security portfolio builds on the company's security research to offer a unified portfolio focused on delivering comprehensive endpoint protection and cyber-resiliency.

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Nearly half of IoT projects don't test for software security

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Despite the fact that third party code in IoT projects has grown 17 percent in the past five years, only 56 percent of OEMs have formal policies for testing security.

A report from security testing and software research company GrammaTech, based on findings from a VDC Research survey, reveals that this is despite 73.6 percent of respondents saying security is important, very important or critical.

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More than a third of business leaders don't use data for critical decisions

According to a new survey 36 percent of executives are not using data for business decisions and only 40 percent actually trust data.

The research from Talend shows 73 percent of executives would like to make the majority of their decisions based on data, while nine percent would go as far as using data to drive all their decisions.

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Security training has little effect on reducing human error

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Traditional techniques such as security awareness training and phishing simulations have a limited impact on improving employees' real-world cybersecurity practices according to a new report.

The study, prepared by the Cyentia Institute, uses aggregated data from 114,000 Elevate Security Platform users for the last three years, examining malware, phishing, email security and other real world attack data.

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Less cloudy outlook -- demand for on-premises software isn't going away


Despite the rise in cloud-based applications, on-premises software continues to show significant growth and demand from enterprise customers.

A new report from Dimensional Research sponsored by Replicated shows customer demand for on-premises software is equal to that for public cloud, and more than 90 percent of software companies surveyed say their on-premises sales continue to rise.

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The normalization of data leaks and the privacy paradox [Q&A]

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Is society becoming too accepting of data breaches? Do we claim to want more privacy but then continue to treat our own data in a cavalier fashion?

A recently leaked internal memo from Facebook revealed the company's plans to normalize data scraping leaks and change the way the public views these incidents.

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Ninety-five percent of enterprise executives don't trust their data

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A mere five percent of enterprise executives have a high level of confidence in their data according to a new study.

The research conducted by HFS Research in conjunction with data management company Syniti also finds nearly half of respondents are significantly under-utilizing their data resources due to the lack of an effective data management strategy.

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