Network Administration

TM Forum Urges Collaboration as Open Digital Architecture Reaches Next Milestone

London, United Kingdom — TM Forum, the industry association driving digital transformation through collaboration, is issuing a call for telecoms software suppliers, service providers and systems integrators to join the next critical phase of its Open Digital Architecture (ODA) initiative focused on delivering cloud native software component specifications to deliver plug-and-play IT and networks.

Research: Half of businesses now have a policy on whether to pay out on ransomware

New research by Databarracks has revealed 54% of businesses now have a defined policy in place to deal with ransomware attacks – whether this means paying a ransom, relying on insurance policies or refusing to pay at all.

The findings are from Databarracks’ 2021 Data Health Check, launching today. Running since 2008, the annual report surveys over 400 IT decision-makers in the UK on critical issues relating to cybersecurity, IT resilience, cloud and remote working.

When asked if their organization had a policy for paying out on ransomware attacks:

Insider breaches the top cause of cyber incidents according to latest ICO data

London, UK – 7th July 2021 – Insider data breaches were the top cause of data and cyber security incidents reported to the ICO in the first quarter of 2021, according to the ICO. 57% of reported incidents were caused by insiders, with over 1,000 incidents reported in the first three months of 2021. Misdirected email was behind most of the incidents, with over 400 reports made to the ICO. Phishing was the second-biggest named cause, with over 200 incidents caused by employees falling for malicious emails.

For the fourth quarter running, healthcare was the hardest hit, with over 420 reported incidents in just three months, while financial services was the industry targeted with the most phishing attacks.

New WatchGuard research reveals traditional anti-malware solutions miss nearly 75% of threats

24 June 2021 – WatchGuard® Technologies’ latest Internet Security Report shows that 74% of threats detected last quarter were zero day malware, capable of circumventing conventional signature-based antivirus solutions at the time of the malware release. The report also found that network attacks surged, with a 21% increase compared to the previous quarter and the highest volume since early 2018. With WatchGuard appliances detecting more than 4 million network attacks, corporate servers and assets on site are still high-value targets for attackers despite the shift to remote and hybrid work.

How Mobile Technology Has Evolved Into the IoT World

Of all the major tech innovations to reshape the world over the past few decades, one of the biggest has been the rise of internet of things (IoT) devices. 

As the number of IoT devices has grown — and both consumers and businesses have adopted the tech — mobile technology has had to evolve fast to keep up.

These are the most significant changes that mobile technology designers have made to meet the needs of IoT technology in the consumer and business worlds — and how all mobile device users are likely to benefit.

High Speeds and Improved Reliability With 5G

The most significant impact of the IoT revolution has likely been on the direction of 5G, the next generation of cell network technology. 

Worldwide spectrum experts drive spectrum sharing success at DSA Global Summit 2021

Washington D.C., USA, 10 June 2021 – Sessions over the first two days of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance’s (DSA’s) Global Summit have highlighted the spectrum sharing lessons being learnt between countries worldwide and the current demand for unlicensed access. Today, on its final day, the Global Summit will explore national spectrum plans and the economic benefits of spectrum.

TCG releases first security verification guide for enterprise systems with NIST

Beaverton, OR, USA, May 19, 2021 – IT administrators and manufacturers can now secure enterprise computing, with the latest specification from the Trusted Computing Group (TCG). This new guide verifies the trustworthiness of each end point, by allowing the integrity of devices and networks within enterprise systems to be measured for the first time. This follows a 430% increase in supply chain attacks in 2020, according to Sonatype.

Fileless Malware Attacks Surge by 900% and Cryptominers Make a Comeback, While Ransomware Attacks Decline

30 March 2021 – WatchGuard® Technologies’ latest Internet Security Report reveals that fileless malware and cryptominer attack rates grew by nearly 900% and 25% respectively, while unique ransomware payloads plummeted by 48% in 2020 compared to 2019. The WatchGuard Threat Lab also found that Q4 2020 brought a 41% increase in encrypted malware detections over the previous quarter and network attacks hit their highest levels since 2018. The report includes new insights based on endpoint threat intelligence following WatchGuard’s acquisition of Panda Security in June 2020.

Network attacks hit two-year high during pandemic despite shift to remote working

9 December 2020 – Network attacks and unique attack signatures both hit two-year highs between July and September this year, according to the latest Internet Security Report from WatchGuard Technologies. Findings from the research show that attacks detected grew to more than 3.3 million, representing a 90% increase over the previous quarter. The report reveals how COVID-19 has impacted the cyber security threat landscape, with evidence that attackers continue to target corporate networks despite the shift to remote working.