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Security Think Tank: Securing today’s ubiquitous cloud environment

Today’s digital, on-demand age sees many organisations rely heavily on multiple cloud services for the day-to-day running of their operations. But the third-party nature of this functionality introduces additional security risks and, with bad actors ever-present to take advantage of porous network perimeters, cyber security professionals must ensure they are rigorous in safeguarding the enterprise.…

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Trends in the cloud database market

The cloud holds a large – and growing – percentage of enterprise data. While much of this growth comes from unstructured information, such as documents and media files, enterprises also still depend on structured data, stored in databases.   The global market for databases grew by 12.8% last year, according to analysts at Gartner, and…

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Budgets rise as IT decision-makers ramp up cyber security spending

Almost half (46%) of organisations surveyed in the TechTarget/ESG 2024 Technology spending intentions study are increasing their IT budget this year. The poll of 1,432 technology decision-makers worldwide found that security is the number one priority for businesses. Almost a fifth (19%) of IT decision-makers plan to increase their IT spending in 2024 by 10%…

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The Security Interviews: ISC2’s Clar Rosso on cyber diversity and policy

A little over a year after expanding a successful UK-based cyber professional certification pilot globally, with the goal of creating a million new security professionals, security training and certification specialist ISC2 says it is beginning to see some early impacts, and CEO Clar Rosso is hopeful of going further still. The One Million Certified in…

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Use existing structures to build your incident response plan

Cyber security incidents have transitioned from potential risks to operational certainties. The constant noise of attempted cyber intrusions, security lapses and IT service events requires all organisations to have some form of IT service management. Yet waiting amongst all these everyday events and minor incidents lies the big one; the big fish security incident which,…

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Incident response planning is vulnerable to legacy thinking

Part of the challenge is demonstrated in the question here. Our legacy thinking may lead us into thinking about incident response in a perimeter-focused way; preparing for an attack does not take into consideration the 80%+ security incidents that come from our own insiders, not from attacks. This means we are missing the biggest possible…

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Suzy Lamplugh Trust treads path to improved cyber resilience

Anti-harassment and stalking charity Suzy Lamplugh Trust – one of the UK’s most prominent third-sector organisations working to protect women’s personal safety, and the body behind the National Stalking Helpline – has teamed up with the London Cyber Resilience Centre (LCRC) to improve its overall resilience to potential threats. The trust was founded in 1986…

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DORA: Moving into a new era of digital resilience

Operational resilience is the discipline that is taking organisations beyond an internally-focused business continuity or information technology disaster recovery (ITDR) programme to look at the wider impact of disruption to services through an external-facing lens. Properly defined, operational resilience is the “ability of firms, [financial] market infrastructures, and the [financial] sector as a whole to…

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Sellafield local authority unsure if data was stolen six years on from North Korea ransomware attack

Copeland Borough Council, which has in recent months been reorganised into Cumberland Council, was hit by a wave of WannaCry ransomware attacks in May 2017 that caused havoc at a number of UK public service providers over a bank holiday weekend. The following year, Copeland bosses told the BBC that no sensitive data had been…

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Five key questions about disaster recovery as a service

Research by Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) suggests more than half of firms now use DRaaS. That’s because DRaaS allows customers to recover quickly from a disaster or other outage, but without the cost of conventional, hardware-based data replication and redundant systems. By using cloud storage and managed services, organisations save on capital expenditure and IT…

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