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Half of Consumers Perceive Security and Privacy as Obstacles to IoT Adoption

Some 47% of consumers in 28 countries avoid buying IoT devices because they lack security and pose privacy risks, while 62% think they are too expensive, a survey shows. Image source: Pixabay “Security has moved from being a nagging problem to a top barrier as consumers are now choosing to abandon IoT devices and services over security concerns,” the report notes. “More than two-thirds of the consumers surv...

Rail Networks Vulnerable due to “Derailed” SCADA Security

Rail network SCADA systems have been deemed vulnerable by Russian hackers, who published hard hardcoded industrial control system credentials. Although the bugs found were not described in detail, Sergey Gordeychik, Aleksandr Timorin, and Gleb Gritsai say they involve vulnerabilities entertainment systems, collision-avoiding interlocking platforms and mobile communication. "If somebody can attack the modem,...

SMBs in US, UK, Australia Lack Resources; Consider Outsourcing IT Security

Some 81% of decision makers in small and medium-sized businesses from the US, the UK, and Australia surveyed by Wakefield Research consider that outsourcing cybersecurity would enhance their ability to focus on core business processes, while only 37% say they are completely ready to manage IT security and protect against threats. Image source: Flickr Overall, four in five respondents plan to increase their...

Lucky escape. Worm could have exploited LinkedIn XSS vulnerability

Within three hours of being reported, a serious cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability on LinkedIn's website has been fixed by its security team. The vulnerability, discovered by security researcher Rohit Dua and subsequently detailed on the Full Disclosure mailing list, was present in LinkedIn's help center discussion forum where a lack of proper filtering meant that an attacker could entered characters...

Security, interoperability seen as major problems of messaging apps

Some 15% of US and 40% of Chinese users cite lack of security as a major flaw with messaging apps, according to "The challenges facing OTT messaging apps” survey by tyntec. Image Source: Flickr Top complaints of users of WeChat, China’s most popular messaging app, and Facebook Messenger, the most popular in the US, remain lack of security and interoperability, or the ability to communicate with individuals...

Risks of managing remote IT: 1 in 3 offices reported breaches

Security is the most problematic and expensive concern of federal IT officials when managing remote and branch office information technology, according to a i360 Govstudy survey. Some 89% expressed concern about their ability to secure sensitive information in branch offices, with 3 in 10 reporting a security breach at a branch office within the past 12 months, respondents say. Image source: Pixabay Some 67...

Gamers Feel Unsafe About Their Personal Data; Lack Confidence in Developers’ Security Measures

Some 86 percent of gamers expressed concern over personal data on the Internet, but data security was one of the lowest priorities when purchasing games for nearly half of all respondents, according to a survey by PlayFab. Nearly 60 percent cited cost and game play experience as the first or second most important factors when selecting a game, and nearly half ranked security as one of the least important fa...

Half of Security Specialists Need More Than Two Days to Detect and Repair Breaches

Some 50% of security specialists took two days or longer to detect and remediate breaches, while another 7% knew neither the dwell time nor how to solve the issues, according to a survey by SANS Institute. Source: Jisc The length of time from an attacker’s initial entry into a network to the detection correlates most closely to the total cost of a breach. The longer an attacker has free access on a network,...

Gen Y Makes Security and Privacy Top Priorities While Surfing Online

Security and privacy are more important than page load speeds, customization or social integration features during online browsing, according to a study by Refuel Agency on Generation Y members. Image source: Flickr Some 70% of the respondents say security is important in a browser and 68% care about privacy. Webpage loading speed and user friendly features come third and fourth. Customizability and social...

Over Two-Thirds of US Companies Plan to Spend More On Security, CFOs Say

Some 69% of US companies have increased investments in data security in the past year, while 92% have a formal data security plan, according to the 2015 CFO Outlook annual Pulse, a survey by Bank of America. Source: Flickr The top five strategic activities of CFOs, beyond the finance role, are technological advances (61%), risk management (60%), data management (59%), human resource issues (49%) and communi...

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