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Hours after announcing a data breach on Friday, two Oregon men sued international hotel chain Marriott for exposing their data. Their lawsuit was followed hours later by another one filed in the state of Maryland. Both lawsuits are seeking class-action status. While plaintiffs in the Maryland lawsuit didn't specify the amount of damages they were seeking from Marriott, the plaintiffs in the Oregon lawsuit want $12.5 billion in costs and losses. View full story ORIGINAL...

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Cyber attacks are increasingly causing acrimonious fights between corporate victims and their insurance companies, raising questions about the value of policies offering protection against damage from hacking. Cyber insurance is a fast-growing market, with sales of policies growing by about 25 per cent a year according to a recent report from RBC Capital Markets. But as the business expands there are growing numbers of disputes. View full story ORIGINAL SOURCE: FT

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Financial institutions in Singapore now have access to a S$30 million (US$21.88 million) grant that they can use to boost their cybersecurity operations and skillsets. Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) unveiled the new Cybersecurity Capabilities Grant that it said aimed to beef up the local financial sector's cyber resilience and help banks develop local cybersecurity talent. View full story ORIGINAL SOURCE: ZDNet

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The records of 500 million customers of the hotel group Marriott International have been involved in a data breach. The hotel chain said the guest reservation database of its Starwood division had been compromised by an unauthorised party. It said an internal investigation found an attacker had been able to access the Starwood network since 2014. View full story ORIGINAL SOURCE: BBC

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Yesterday, cybersecurity company Tenable announced that its research team has discovered a serious vulnerability in Zoom’s Desktop Conferencing Application that would allow a remote attacker or rogue meeting attendee to hijack screen controls, impersonate meeting attendees via chat messages and kick attendees out of meetings. The flaw exposes up to 750,000 companies around the world that use Zoom to conduct day-to-day business. A cyber criminal could leverage the vulnerability to: Hijack screen control: Bypass...

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BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) announced today it has become a HIMSS Analytics Certified Consultant to help address the digital infrastructure needs of healthcare organizations around the world. As a Certified Consultant, BlackBerry will guide healthcare organizations through the stages of the Infrastructure Adoption Model (INFRAM), HIMSS Analytics’ newest Maturity Model. Professionally trained on the INFRAM, BlackBerry’s cybersecurity experts can assess a healthcare organization’s infrastructure architecture and help them achieve their desired INFRAM score....

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By Matt Middleton-Leal, EMEA General Manager at Netwrix As there is no such thing as 100 percent secure and as data breaches continue to hit the headlines, investments in IT security never seem to be quite enough. When it comes to budgeting, the role of a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) is to prioritise available resources based on the IT risks the organisation faces and justify additional investments when and where needed to executives. Of...

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Tony Lee, Managing Director, Panda Security UK For decades, firewalls were considered the principal method of online security; providing a threat originated from outside a business’ security network, the firewall would intercept it and manage it accordingly. However, while cyber attacks have evolved and become more sophisticated in their execution, the basic function of a firewall has remained the same: prevent unauthorised access to or from a private network. So what if a threat originates...

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By Chris Ross, SVP international, Barracuda Networks A few weeks ago, we released some research around the topic of networking technologies that help users access the cloud securely and quickly - specifically software defined wide area networking (SD-WAN). We spoke to 410 IT and networking professionals working in EMEA to find out more about the barriers and drivers that are shaping their attitudes towards SD-WAN. While we spoke to end-users for this research, it revealed...

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Atos, a global leader in digital transformation, says the energy and utilities sector is on the verge of a technological revolution that will see consumers increasingly engaged in their day-day energy needs, which alongside broader disruption, spells profound change for the industry. According to the Digital Vision for Energy and Utilities opinion paper launched today, utility providers are facing a ‘race to transform’ with those companies able to understand and respond to the rapidly evolving...

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