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CIOs, you’re doing blockchain wrong

IT leaders who’ve taken the plunge into blockchain are mainly deploying it in proofs-of-concept tests to address the same problems a conventional database could handle, according to research firm Gartner. Relying on a survey of consulting firms whose clients had deployed some form of blockchain, Gartner found that CIOs are using blockchain for shared record keeping and asset tracking. [1] [1] By Lucas Mearian on ComputerWorld

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IT security: Five essential steps to keep the hackers at bay

From malware and ransomware through to internal espionage and onto state-sponsored hacking, businesses face cybersecurity threats across a broad range of vectors. As the appointed guardians of enterprise IT, how can CIOs help ensure great information security in a digital age? ZDNet gets best-practice advice from five experts. [1] [1] By Mark Samuels on ZDNet

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Stolen email credentials being used to pry into cloud accounts

Malicious actors are using the massive supply of previously stolen login credentials to help brute force their way into high-profile cloud-based business systems that cannot easily use two-factor authentication for security. Proofpoint researchers found the availability of these tools has powered a massive increase in the number of cloud attacks taking place which in turn enable the attackers to possibly gain access to the people inside an organization who can be conned out of money. [1] [1] Doug Olenick on SC Magazine

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How CDOs are supporting the business transformation agenda

The role of the chief data officer (CDO) has become intrinsically linked with long-term business success. It’s a complex job, but an essential one. CDOs are the holders of the key when it comes to unlocking insight from data — insight that enables forward thinking businesses to plot a smoother course to improved outcomes. [1] [1] On CIO

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Malware warning: Ransomware up, phishing down – and here’s how crooks are changing their tricks

The volumes of malware in general and ransomware in particular have increased again for the third year running, and as well as pumping out more attacks, cyber crooks are also altering their techniques. Global malware volume is up for the third straight year, with security company SonicWall recording 10.52 billion malware attacks in 2018 via a network of one million sensors the company has deployed in its customers networks. [1] [1] By Steve Ranger on ZDNet

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Cyber espionage warning: The most advanced hacking groups are getting more ambitious

The most advanced hacking groups are becoming bolder when conducting campaigns, with the number of organisations targeted by the biggest campaigns rising by almost a third. A combination of new groups emerging and threat actors developing successful strategies for breaking into networks has seen the average number of organisations targeted by the most active hacking groups rise from 42 between 2015 and 2017 to an average of 55 in 2018. [1] [1] By Danny Palmer on ZDNet

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Microsoft and digital health: AI, IoT and cloud computing point the way to personalised care

Think tech and health and you might think of Apple’s work on chronic disease, Amazon’s plans to create a Prime for healthcare, or even Google-affiliated Calico Labs’ attempts to defeat death itself. But Microsoft? Microsoft might not be front of mind. But while the other tech giants have been grabbing the headlines around digital health, Microsoft hasn’t been neglecting the sector: [1] [1] By Jo Best on ZDNet

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This Trojan exploits antivirus software to steal your data

A new strain of the Astaroth Trojan has been given the capability to exploit vulnerable processes in antivirus software and services. Cybereason’s Nocturnus Research team said in a blog post published on Wednesday that the variant is able to utilize modules in cybersecurity software in order to steal online credentials and personal data. [1] [1] By Charlie Osborne on ZDNet

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10 productivity-boosting apps for Microsoft Teams

Teams is Microsoft’s chat-based collaboration tool that connects employees via group chat, direct messaging and file sharing. Teams has a big advantage over rivals because it can hook into Microsoft’s various office productivity apps, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint. But users still expect to be able to connect to a wide range of their favorite apps, regardless of who created them. [1] [1] By Matthew Finnegan on ComputerWorld

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Cyber blitzkrieg replaces cyber Pearl Harbor

There has been a shift in thinking about cyberwar, according to professor Greg Austin from the University of New South Wales Canberra Cyber. Since 2006, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and allied nations have run exercises based on the concept of a Cyber Storm. They’ve focused on “policies, processes, and procedures for identifying and responding to a multi-sector cyber attack targeting critical infrastructure”. [1] [1] By Stilgherrian on ZDNet

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