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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...

Two in Three CIOs Admit Lacking in API Security Measures

Some 70% of IT professionals have no processes in place to ensure data accessed by applications consuming their APIs is managed securely, according to the Global State of API Security Survey 2015. Source: Pixabay An API, or application program interface, is a set of routines, protocols and tools for building software applications that explain how software components should interact. The survey reveals that...

Facebook to Push Notifications of New Security Tutorial

Facebook will provide in the next few weeks optional security controls in a tool called “Security Checkup” that it says makes security easier to manage for average users. The company launched Security Checkup in May to prevent hackers from breaking into user accounts, allegedly because of an increase of vulnerability issues reported in 2015, as HOTforSecurity reported. Users will receive a reminder at the t...

Security Has Reached Board-Level Thinking, Gartner Survey Finds

Some 71% of managers say IT risk management data influences decisions at the board level, according to Gartner's annual end-user survey for privacy and information security. Image source: Flickr The study’s authors found an increasing focus on IT risk as part of corporate governance. Almost 40% of respondents stated explicitly that the most senior person responsible for information security reports outside...

180 Million Windows XP Users Exposed to Threats as Microsoft Stops All Security Updates

Microsoft has announced that, as of July 15, all security solutions for XP users will stop receiving updates, leaving users exposed to threats. Windows XP will no longer provide the Malicious Software Removal Tool or updates to Microsoft Security Essentials. “Since real-time protection products have limited effectiveness on PCs that do not have the latest security updates, your PC will still be at risk of i...

MasterCard to Use Selfies to Ensure Safer Transactions

MasterCard is launching a pilot program to help shoppers improve the security of their transactions by taking photos of themselves, according to the company. The program focuses on biometric authentication, including methods such as facial identification, voice recognition and cardiac rhythm, through a wearable wristband. Source: Pixabay.com “The new generation, which is into selfies, I think they'll find i...

Twitter Aims for User Safety Via Mass Blocking

Twitter has introduced a feature that makes blocking multiple accounts easier as it works on additional user controls to boost security, according to the company. All Twitter users will be able to use the security settings in coming weeks. Twitter has already released mute, block and report features to improve user experience, but increasing volumes of unwanted interactions on Twitter required more sophisti...

iOS 9 Boosts Security with Six-Digit Passcode and Two-Factor Authentication

Apple’s iOS 9 will oblige users to strengthen the passcode that protects devices and improve two-factor authentication by building it directly into the operating system, making it harder for others to gain unauthorized access to Apple IDs, according to the company. Apple added two-step verification to some types of accounts in March 2013, but users could log in using their Apple ID only and with no second c...

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