Is there room left for privacy in the digital world?

Just as Native Americans sold the island of Manhattan to colonial governor Peter Minuit for $24 worth glass beads - at least, that’s what the legend says - people are now selling out their private data for “glass beads” to Facebook and Google. For data drilling companies, profit comes first, privacy last. They sacrifice everything for growth and engagement for their platforms in order to collect as much data as possible to profiteer from advertising.

Is there anything we can do about...

By Istvan Lam, 09 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Privacy, Security.

Enterprises are finding open source so alluring that vulnerabilities are less important

The Equifax data breach of 2017 was a bad one. Just how bad it ended up being was only revealed in May this year. This isn’t for the faint of heart: 209,000 payment cards, 99 million addresses, and more than 146 million people affected.

Yet these revelations have had little effect on organisations using vulnerable open source software. According to the latest State of the Software Supply Chain report from Sonatype, the...

By James Bourne, 27 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Privacy.

Gartner identifies seven steps to bring down risk of security threats from Spectre and Meltdown

It is beneficial for leaders in the security and risk management field to adopt a pragmatic and risk-based approach to deal with the ongoing security threats posed by the "Spectre" and "Meltdown” vulnerabilities, according to Gartner.

Gartner identifies seven steps that security and risk heads can follow to bring down the risks associated with security threats.

Almost all modern IT systems are at risk of security threats so all desktops, mobiles, servers, virtual machines, IoT devices and...

By Enterprise CIO, 16 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Privacy, Security.

One in four companies only use passwords as BYOD defence, research finds

Here’s a worrying security statistic in research released today by Bitglass: one quarter of organisations use passwords only for BYOD security.

The research, which took its cue from more than 200 IT and security professionals surveyed at a recent Gartner conference, found that external sharing was the leading cloud security concern for those polled, cited by 45%. Other security scares include malware protection (40%) and unmanaged device access (40%).

For those who do use multi-factor authentication to...

By James Bourne, 02 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Authentication, BYOD, Identity, Privacy, Security.

Why organisations need to get ready for security automation

Data protection has always been a top priority for businesses. If the wrong person gets ahold of your clients, your business practices, or your internal structures, they can easily topple the business that you've built. However, as we've moved further into using technology and the internet for business, attackers have also moved on, and cyber threats are becoming more common and more dangerous. Security automation is the up-and-coming answer to this. Here's some information on how you can use

By Rick Delgado, 25 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Privacy, Security.

Malware attacks on iOS more than triple while Android remains largely flat

Mobile security company, Skycure has conducted a research and noted its findings across leading mobile operating systems: Android and iOS on the basis of the scans performed on the mobile devices of its enterprise customers and from the scans of mobiles of consumers who download its free app. It has learned that malware attacks on apps have risen for Apple’s iOS as compared to Android.

According to Skycure's Mobile Threat Intelligence report, Skycure found that about 0.65% of these had "high-severity"...

By Enterprise CIO, 19 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, iOS, Privacy, Security.

Insider threats remain a worry – but enterprises getting better at detecting it

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The latest research note from data protection provider Bitglass has found that three quarters of organisations feel vulnerable to insider threats, while one in three had experienced an insider attack during the past year.

The report, around insider threats in the enterprises which polled more than 500 cybersecurity professionals, argued that the main concern among organisations is leaks due to unsanctioned app usage, cited by 71% of respondents. Negligence (68%) and malicious insiders...

By James Bourne, 30 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Privacy, Security.

Should vendors be forced to give encrypted data to the government?

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More than one in three IT pros believe cloud providers should be forced to give government access to encrypted data, according to the latest research study from the Cloud Security Alliance and data protection providers Bitglass.

The research, which appears in a report entitled Mitigating Cloud Risks, surveyed 176 information security professionals and found US-based respondents were more likely to be opposed to government information (64%) than their EMEA counterparts (42%). 10% of...

By James Bourne, 11 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Data & Analytics, Privacy, Security.

Skype for Business gets solid user feedback – but mobile issues need to be ironed out

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It has been almost a year and a half since Microsoft announced it was reskinning and revamping Lync as Skype for Business – so are users satisfied with their experience? In a word: yes. In two words: yes…but.

A new study released today from Osterman Research and Unify Square, a unified comms vendor with a specific Redmond focus, finds more than half (52%) of...

By James Bourne, 12 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft, Privacy, Productivity.

Research warns of yet more lax employee mobile security practices

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One in five employees share their work email passwords, while 12% share passwords to other work applications, according to new research data released by identity and access management provider OneLogin.

The study, conducted by Arlington Research of more than 1,000 US-based respondents in May this year, also found one in five workers do not bother with additional security software on their devices, beyond what ships with the operating system, while employees admit to letting their...

By James Bourne, 04 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Employee Education, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Privacy, Research, Security.