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.

Why IT is the new defender of customer anonymization

Back in 2013, the term ‘data breach’ was hardly used. Now, it feels like it’s the new normal – and it has major ramifications for your business from the IT department to the boardroom to your public-facing brand. With consumers increasingly wanting personalised customer experiences, what do you need to know to ensure you tread the fine line between a great customer journey and keeping data truly private?

This whitepaper from Jahia and Enterprise AppsTech looks at the...

By James Bourne, 27 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Privacy.

Bitglass warms of ‘MDM mayhem’ in latest research

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Cloud access security provider Bitglass has warned of ‘MDM mayhem’ in the results of its latest study which argues mobile device management (MDM) software contains major privacy issues for users.

The report got volunteers to test unnamed MDM products for a week, and through routing mobile traffic through a corporate proxy, normally used in MDM to inspect traffic for malware, found a number of alarming findings, from being able to see employees’ personal email inboxes...

By James Bourne, 24 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, MDM, Privacy, Security.

The key to unlocking Identity 3.0 – and avoiding the hell of “crap” passwords

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Identity is almost irretrievably broken – and those who are trying to fix it are going entirely the wrong way about it.

That was the underlying theme from an entertaining talk by Paul Simmonds, CEO of the not-for-profit Global Identity Foundation at Cloud and DevOps World, which puts a focus on finding a global identity solution which is privacy enhancing and globally scalable.

Pulling no punches in the early stages – describing passwords as “really crap”...

By James Bourne, 22 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Identity, Privacy.

Businesses receive another warning over the threat of DDoS attacks

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We have all heard the stories of businesses which have suffered debilitating DDoS attacks and, in some cases, succumbing altogether. Take Code Spaces, the web-based SVN and Git hosting provider which suffered such an attack in June 2014 that it was forced to wave the white flag and cease trading after recovering all the data lost would cost too...

By James Bourne, 16 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Privacy, Security.

Microsoft toughening up password requirements – but is it too late?

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It is an issue that has rumbled on for as long as most of us can remember – but now Microsoft aims to make the dreaded password a little bit safer by banning easy passwords.

The news comes amidst a series of data breaches; the LinkedIn data breach which hit the news last week – albeit not containing any new data from beyond the previous breach in 2012 – being chief among them. Since then however, it has emerged that hackers have stolen up to 65 million Tumblr...

By James Bourne, 31 May 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Authentication, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Privacy, Security.

Enterprise compliance and productivity: Should emails have a keep by date?

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A recent report by Radicati revealed that the number of business emails sent and received per user per day in 2015 was 122 and predicted that this will rise to 126 by 2019. That is a lot of emails and a lot of data. Add to that the growing trend for workers to store information in email inboxes, rather than saving down on file, and it has led lots of businesses and developers to...

By Robin Bingeman, 18 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Employees, Privacy, Security.