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To reduce security errors, employers must relieve stress and fatigue

Working professionals are blaming stress, time pressure, fatigue and distractions for lapses in safe cyber practices – and current conditions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic may only be exacerbating the problem. According to a newly published research report from Tessian, a survey of 2,000 working professionals in the U.S. and UK found that 43 percent…

CISOs value peer advice most when researching cyber solutions

A majority of surveyed CISOs said that when shopping for cybersecurity vendor solutions, they value input from their peers first and foremost – more than analyst reports, vendor content or any other source of information, according to a newly published research. A joint project of communications agency Merritt Group and technology and Tech Exec Networks…

15B credentials available on dark web; average selling price below $16

There are more than 15 billion stolen account credentials being sold or even shared for free on the dark web, with individual entries selling for an average of $15.43, a new research report states. Roughly one-third of the credentials, or about 5 billion, are unique, according to Digital Shadows, whose researchers reached these totals following…

Risk assessments reveal businesses remain deficient in security compliance, training

InfoSec World 2020 – An analysis of more than 100 risk self-assessments conducted by business organizations across a cross-section of industries revealed that over 65 percent admitted to achieving zero-to-minimal compliance of U.S. state data privacy and security regulations, including myriad breach laws and the California Consumer Privacy Act. The discouraging findings show that business…

Hacker group announces jailbreak for iOS 11 – 13.5

Users of iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches that run on iOS 11 through 13.5 can now jailbreak their devices with new downloadable software from the hacking group Unc0ver. The jailbreak is reportedly made possible thanks to a zero-day kernel vulnerability discovered by Unc0ver hacker @Pwn20wnd. [1, 2, 3] Jailbreaks are hotly anticipated events for certain tech…

Device owners demand opt-out power from COVID-19 contact tracing apps

To encourage widespread acceptance of Bluetooth-based COVID-19 contact tracing applications, developers should allow consumers to opt out of data sharing at any time, and they should also be more forthcoming about their security efforts and data usage, according to the results of a new survey. For the study, Checkmarx polled 1,500 Americans and found that…

Six need-to-know takeaways from the Verizon breach report

Phishing attacks and stolen credentials have become attackers’ most popular avenues of network compromise, and employee errors are helping pave the way according to Verizon’s newly released 2020 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR). Verizon researchers analyzed 157,525 known “incidents” (defined as a security event that results in the compromise of an information asset) and 3,950…

Survey: COVID-19 has changed cyber pros’ roles, increased incident totals

In a new survey of 256 cybersecurity professionals responsible for securing their companies’ digital assets, 81 percent of respondents said their job function has changed in some capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 Cybersecurity Pulse Survey study, conducted this month by the international nonprofit membership association (ISC)², suggests that a large contingent of security…

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