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Security is key concern for IoT developers, survey shows

Security is the main concern for almost half of the developers of IoT solutions, with interoperability and connectivity coming second and third, a recent survey shows. Image source: Eclipse IoT Working Group Some 48.3% of the developers working in organizations that have deployed IoT solutions identified security as their top concern, while 47.4% of all respondents fear security flaws in IoT products. “It s...

Half of IT professionals say their systems have been compromised in the last 24 months, survey shows

Some 44 percent of IT professionals said their endpoint systems have been compromised within the last 24 months, while 15 percent reported that they didn’t know how many threats were detected through proactive hunting, a recent survey shows. More than a quarter of respondents were notified of a breach by a third party. One in four employees surveyed admit they couldn’t acquire the information about unauthor...

Ten ways Twitter improved online security

A decade ago the world was Twitter-less – no Tweeted birthday greetings, Oscar selfies, real-time presidential announcements or calls for prayers. But neither did we have vile trolls and defacement Tweets on hacked accounts of public figures. Twitter changed the way 332 million active users communicate online. But it also fueled serious privacy debates, as every Tweet further dilutes the concept of online p...

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...

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