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The latest collection of expert opinions, news analysis and featured contributions from the IT security community

Using emerging technology to bridge the cyber skills gap

While the UK’s cyber security skills gap is no secret, it seems there has been little progress made in solving it. The 2023 government report on cyber security skills in the UK labour market found that half of all businesses have a basic cyber security skills gap, and 33% have an advanced skills gap – which are similar figures to 2022 and 2021. Meanwhile, the number of cyber security job postings has risen by 30%...

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4 lessons industrial companies can draw from the British Library cyberattack

While cyberattacks occur daily, few garner as much attention and media coverage as the attack that struck the British Library in October 2023. The attack, which paralysed the Library’s online systems for months and caused an estimated cost of £7 million, was striking by its magnitude. Yet, the blueprint attackers followed is sadly familiar. After gaining access via the virtual private network (VPN) that provides employees with remote access using compromised employee credentials, a ransomware...

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Expert Insight: Breaking the glass firewall: Building a cybersecurity sisterhood

It's no secret that the gender gap in cybersecurity is a worldwide issue, with women currently representing only 24% of the global cybersecurity workforce. This gender disparity can be coined as a ‘glass firewall’ - cybersecurity’s version of the glass ceiling - with barriers ranging from cultural biases to limited advancement opportunities that several women face while climbing the cyber ladder. This reality is disappointing considering cybersecurity is an incredibly rewarding career for all, and...

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Why your data isn’t as safe as you think and what it could cost you

We’ve all been guilty of not backing up important files, only learning our lesson after losing family photos, documents or homework. But for businesses, not backing up data can be a costly mistake. To mark this year’s World Cloud Security Day, Alan Stephenson-Brown, CEO at Evolve, reveals the biggest backup mistakes you don’t know you’re making, and shares industry best practices. Businesses use data for everything — sales, marketing, logistics, staffing. When it’s lost, things...

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Big Issue working with NCSC, NCA and Met Police to investigate cyber incident

Researchers at Comparitech, the pro-consumer website providing information, tools, reviews and comparisons to help readers improve their cyber security and privacy online, have discovered that ransomware gang Qilin claimed credit on its website for stealing 550 GB of data from the Big Issue, a UK-based street newspaper. The company has said in a statement that it is working with NCSC, NCA and Metropolitan Police to complete its investigation. In a blog post, security and privacy...

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The human impact of ransomware attacks: how can businesses protect their security professionals?

By Tony Hasek, CEO at Goldilock With the annual cost of cybercrime estimated to have cost UK businesses over £30.5 billion in 2023, leaders are constantly reminded of ransomware attacks' monetary, operational and reputational impact. The halting of business operations, loss of vast amounts of sensitive data and resulting reputational damage are difficult to ignore. With this in mind, business leaders often focus recovery processes around preventing financial harm and returning to business as usual...

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Enhancing the Polaris Software Integrity Platform: Synopsys Introduces Dynamic Security Testing Features

Synopsys has unveiled Synopsys fAST Dynamic, a fresh addition to its dynamic application security testing (DAST) solutions within the Synopsys Polaris Software Integrity Platform®. This offering empowers development, security, and DevOps teams to swiftly detect and address security flaws in contemporary web applications while maintaining development momentum. Boasting streamlined onboarding and setup, intelligent attack execution, and a cutting-edge analysis engine tailored for DevSecOps workflows, fAST Dynamic marks a significant advancement in security testing capabilities. Synopsys...

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Mimecast, a global cybersecurity company, today announced the publication of its “The State of Email and Collaboration Security 2024” (SOECS) report. According to the research, cyber threats are growing at an unprecedented pace, and the year ahead is fraught with cybercrime and incidents anticipated ahead of the busy election year where over 50 countries head to the polls. With new threats like AI and deepfake technology, the stakes are higher than ever to execute a...

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CYJAX, a threat intelligence provider, today announces its latest research, Broken China, analysing the turbulent socio-economic situation in China and how this will likely lead to an increase in cyber espionage activities by the PRC to give Chinese businesses a competitive edge. The report finds that China is facing major economic pressures from all sides. Its economy is still suffering from the effect of COVID, its manufacturing industry is shrinking, and its property sector is...

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Cato Networks Announces 59% Revenue Growth In 2023 Business Results

Cato Networks, the leader in SASE, today announced strong 2023 business results including 59% revenue growth, the addition of more than 700 new enterprise customers, ongoing channel expansion, and continued innovation across Cato’s pioneering SASE platform. “Nine years ago, we embarked on a mission to revolutionise the cybersecurity industry. Four years later, analysts coined what we had created as SASE and, today, we are the category leader,” said Shlomo Kramer, CEO and Co-Founder of Cato...

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