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  • For too long we’ve seen organizations unable to successfully operationalize their security investments because they are difficult to implement or their security products work in isolation. Organizations need to connect the dots for greater contextual insight into the threats they face in order to build a defense strategy based on meaningful, real-time intelligence.

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  • A few weeks ago, I was having a conversation about how teams successfully scale. One of the approaches I’m a strong proponent of is principles. Principles are a guiding light that describe what’s important to you and crucially, help you make decisions.

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  • There is no exact method laid out before you, you have a ton of work ahead to make this work and even when you do figure it all out; you then need to get people to listen to you; to buy in to your vision and to invest in it to bring it to fruition and make it a true success.

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  • The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has revealed that it’s fallen victim to a hack. In its recent “Statement on Cybersecurity, published by its Chairman, Jay Clayton, it was revealed that its controversial Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval (EDGAR) system had been compromised last year and "may have provided the basis for illicit gain through trading".

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  • The popular PC cleanup tool, CCleaner has been hijacked by hackers in the latest widespread malware attack. The hack, identified by security researchers at Cisco Talos, found that anyone who downloaded or updated the CCleaner app between mid-August to mid-September also potentially downloaded malware without realising.

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  • CeX, the second-hand electronics, and video games retailer has reportedly had the details of two million customers compromised by hackers. The information stolen included names, addresses, email addresses and some phone numbers, as well as a small number of encrypted credit card details.

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  • So many times, I have seen security become an afterthought, rather than being an integral part of a design from the outset. Good security design is not always visible and therefore often not very well understood by the c-suite, who pile on the pressure to release systems or improve user freedom.

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  • Last November I attended Pulse Europe: The EMEA Customer Success Conference. I was actually a speaker at the event, but I’ll save a wrap up of my topic “Code Red why your at risk meetings aren’t resulting in an epic save” for another blog.

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  • As an industry, people who develop software and online services have taken great leaps over recent years in developing attractive, usable products. But there can still be a reluctance to test things early and often with users – especially if you’re developing for internal or enterprise users.

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  • Last week marked the 50th anniversary of the ATM, a device that changed the face of personal monetary transactions forever. According to the ATM Industry Association (ATMIA) there are now close to three million of them worldwide, with over 70,000 in the UK alone where it all began. On 27th June 1967, the world's first "hole in the wall" was revealed at Barclays Bank in Enfield, London. Celebratio...

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  • On June 27, 2017 a number of organisations across Europe began reporting significant system outages caused by a ransomware strain referred to as Petya. The ransomware is very similar to older Petya ransomware attacks from previous years, but the infection and propagation method is new, leading to it being referred to as NotPetya. Due to the sudden and significant impact of the attack, it was immed...

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  • Firms across the globe have been hit by a variant of the Petya or Petwrap strain of ransomware impacting Windows servers, PCs, and laptops. Initial reports suggest this latest attack struck The Ukraine initially but it has quickly spread to many other countries including Russia, Spain, France, the UK, The Netherlands, and the US. Currently the attackers are asking for $300 worth of Bitcoins to ret...

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  • Many, if not all organizations that I work with have been on a PAM journey of some description – some successful, some not so much, but all have had considerable investment along the way. In this blog, I want to explore the value-add of PAM, its principles, and ultimately the security posture delivered by the approach.

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  • In part 1, I discussed the importance of understanding your company’s culture when embarking on a security project as this can be the key to success or failure. In this blog, I’ll take a closer look at the five key areas you should pay particular attention to.

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  • In this blog post, I want to share some of my experiences on how company culture can kill a security project, especially when removing admin rights.

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  • Avecto has an illustrious history of providing enterprises with control at the same time as ensuring user freedom. By enabling organizations around the world to remove admin rights and put in place realistic application whitelisting, we raise the security bar while helping people achieve compliance and reduce operational costs.

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  • Last month we welcomed the return of the McAfee brand, one of the trailblazers in the ongoing battle against cyber crime. In a well-articulated blog post, McAfee CEO, Chris Young, set out the vision and mission of the #NewMcAfee and laid down its ambitious plans to take the business forward and ultimately shape the security marketplace as never before.

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  • This weekend a team from Avecto will be taking part in the Great Manchester Run to raise money for Stockport Mind. In my last blog I discussed some reasons why I think everybody should consider running to improve their own mental health. Today I will discuss how you can get started and stick to it. I’ll also draw out some similarities to software development.

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  • With just a year to go until GDPR takes effect, there are concerns that around half of businesses may not meet the new data protection standards in time. While the majority of IT security professionals are aware of GDPR, a recent poll found just under half are preparing for its arrival.

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  • It’s been a busy week in the security world. On Friday 12th May 2017 the world was hit by one of the biggest ransomware out breaks in recent times. It reached 74 countries and more than 45,000 systems. By Monday, this was more like 150 countries and 200,000 systems, according to Europol. When a kill-switch was found to disable the virus, it was a matter of hours until new variants were infecting s...

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  • On Friday, a cyber attack on an unprecedented scale struck a wide range of organizations in over 99 countries across the globe. The ransomware attack, known as WanaCry or WanaCrypt0r shut down IT systems in NHS hospitals and GP surgeries in the UK as well as many large global organizations including Telefonica, FedEx and Renault.

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