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Shattered trust
Technology Focus | November 2020
A user of a popular health app was inadvertently able to access dozens of video recordings of other patients' consultations, which has been blamed on a 'software error'
Hackers for hire
Feature | November 2020
Hacker for hire groups are on the rampage globally, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake. The right cyber resilience strategies must be put in place to counteract this...
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Open and shut case
Masterclass | November 2020
Being open to ethical disclosure is vital, states Paul Ritchie, Managing Security Consultant, Pentest Limited
Battling for the best data
News | November 2020
New research suggests many organisations struggle to obtain high-quality threat data to guide key security decisions
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The good… and the bad
Industry Survey | November 2020
Lack of clarity around certain new technologies is hitting many law-abiding companies that are simply trying to be compliant with the GDPR
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Braking bad!
News | November 2020
Car owners could be putting their personal data at risk by not clearing their data before selling their cars, according to consumer watchdog Which?
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R&S Trusted VPN Client gets 'thumbs up'
News | November 2020
Virtual Private Networks (VPN) are indispensable in an increasingly connected work environment where companies and public authorities work from offices around the world.
Panorays joins ServiceNow Partner Program
News | November 2020
New integration allows Panorays customers to receive third-party security risk data through the ServiceNow app
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Your organisation ‘hacked in 30 minutes’
News | November 2020
Positive Technologies’ experts have analysed the security of corporate information systems and prepared an overview of the most common security flaws and attack methods.
The new order
Industry View | November 2020
Is now the perfect time to get your (IT) house in order? asks Paul Harris, managing director, Pentest Limited
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Product Review | November 2020
The coronavirus pandemic and its continuing impact have changed the threat landscape for ever and only the most agile organisations will survive.
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Welcome to the November 2020 issue of your Computing Security Newsletter.

The good news of late - and we really did need some! - is that we may soon have a viable vaccine to take on COVID-19. Caution is the operative word at this stage, but the announcement of a mRNA-based vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech is encouraging, to say the least. And there are other vaccines lining up behind it, so the world canperhapstake heart and hope.

That said, in the security world most certainly, this is no time to wait and watch, as the threats surrounding the industry continue to grow. The results of new research by NCC Group, in partnership with strategic insight agency Opinium, show that cyber-attacks have increased in all areas in the last 12 months, with nearly half (48%) of organisations reporting a rise in phishing and malware attacks, 41% an increase in impersonation attacks and 40% a rise in fraud attacks.

Respondents named the post-COVID-19 threat landscape as their biggest challenge, with only 38% believing that their organisation is 'very resilient'.

In all, 69% of organisations think the COVID-19 pandemic will lead to an increase in their cyber budgets. Respondents predicted that investment in cyber security would represent a quarter of their overall IT spend this year.When asked about the changes they anticipate making to their organisation as a result of the pandemic, respondents named continuing with an increase in remote working, more use of the cloud and an increasing focus on digital transformation as their top three.

Ian Thomas, managing director at NCC Group, comments: "By assessing their current security posture, securing digital transformation projects, and ensuring they can monitor, detect and respond to threats quickly, organisations can increase their resilience against cyber threats now and in the future."

Brian Wall, Editor
Computing Security

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