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Month: July 2017

The next generation of e-commerce starts in Dublin

Pitney Bowes believes its new operations centre in Dublin will help them develop the next gen of e-commerce Pitney Bowes, the e-commerce solutions provider, has opened a new operations centre in Dublin, which will also be the home of a new three-year multi-million R&D investment project to develop a next generation e-commerce and payments platform for a growing international presence.  Pitney Bowes works with 90% of the Fortune 500 to provide products, solutions, services and data across customer information management, location intelligence, customer engagement, shipping, mailing, and global e-commerce. Georges Bergzal, their vice president Europe for Global Commerce discusses this investment, the future of e-commerce and the ongoing digital transformation of business with Information Age. Georges Bergzal, vice president Europe for Global Commerce at Pitney Bowes   How will this venture make Ireland a more attractive place for tech investment? Ireland’s diverse multilingual and technically strong talent pool and pro-business infrastructure make it the ideal for growing businesses to extend their operations. Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, so we hope other tech businesses follow in our footsteps and join us in this culturally-rich, dynamic market. What is the next gen of e-commerce going to look like? It’s the age of the customer, so businesses need to be agile enough to respond swiftly to changing customer behaviours and trends. The next generation of e-commerce will be focused on...

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Enterprise IT leaders demand more stringent cyber security from suppliers

The UK Government’s Cyber Breaches Survey 2017 revealed that a fifth of businesses are worried about the cyber security risk emanating from their suppliers CybSafe, the behavioural science based cyber security e-learning platform, today revealed that enterprise level organisations are increasingly assessing cyber security during supplier contract negotiations.  The GCHQ-accredited software platform, based in renowned Canary Wharf connected community Level39, conducted a survey of SME decision-makers to assess how their enterprise customers approach cyber security during the tender and RFP process. The study revealed that 1 in 3 SMEs selling to enterprise required cyber security precautions as part of the RFP process to win new contracts in the last year and 50 percent had cyber security conditions included in new contracts with enterprise customers. In addition, 44% of respondents had been required to have a recognised cyber security standard, such as ISO 27001, by their enterprise customers, 28 percent in the last year alone, demonstrating a clear trend in enterprise approach to supplier information security. The threat of Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) sanctions, looming GDPR and reputational damage from a data breach mean enterprise organisations are increasingly looking at the security of their entire IT estate, including third party suppliers. Worryingly for business and IT leaders, the inaugural CybSafe Supplier Cyber Security Study also revealed that 1 in 7 SMEs selling to enterprise had no cyber security protocols in...

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Majority of Companies Are Failing at Cyber Security Metrics and Investing Blindly

Thycotic has released the research results from its Security Measurement Index survey. The resulting “2017 State of Cyber Security Metrics Annual Report“ identifies how companies worldwide are measuring the effectiveness and success of their cyber security strategy. The report is far from comforting Companies and governments world-wide are often just one click or one password away from being hacked and held to ransom to the tune of thousands–and sometimes millions–of dollars, for the return of their sensitive and critical data. Whether it’s medical research, pharmaceutical or logistic information, or financial details, companies are walking on thin ice when it comes to cyber security. Even worse, they have no systems in place to gauge whether or not their cyber security strategies are actually working for them. Investing in cyber security with little more than high hopes The report reveals that more than half of companies are failing when it comes to evaluating cyber security investments and performance against well-known standards and best practices. 80% of companies’ leaders and executives are not happy with the cyber security metrics from which they have to make critical business decisions. Eighty percent of companies’ leaders and executives are not happy with the cyber security metrics from which they have to make critical business decisions, and, as a result, these companies invest blindly in cyber security technologies with nothing more than high hopes that they’ll work. One way of...

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Hackers Target, Embarrass Cyber Security Specialists At FireEye Subsidiary

In a meticulous orchestration of irony, a team of hackers published stolen data from FireEye Inc ‘s Mandiant Security subsidiary and launched a #leaktheanalyst campaign Monday. “We are aware of reports that a Mandiant employee’s social media accounts were compromised,” a FireEye spokesperson told Benzinga. “We immediately began investigating this situation, and took steps to limit further exposure. Our investigation continues, but thus far, we have found no evidence FireEye or Mandiant systems were compromised.” The perpetrators, who called themselves the “31337 hackers,” allegedly infiltrated the Mandiant system and spent a year undetected inside the computer of one of its senior threat intelligence analysts. Dumped content included the entirety of the analyst’s email inbox and a number of sensitive internal documents, detailing network topologies, threat intelligence profiles, customer records and presentations. “This leak was just a glimpse of how deep we breached into Mandiant, we might publish more critical data in the future,” the hackers posted to Pastebin. The hackers, who allegedly targeted the analyst through the Windows Find My Device product on his Surface Pro, also took the opportunity to virtually vandalize his social media accounts. They challenged other cyber experts to follow suit. “Let’s go after everything they’ve got, let’s go after their countries, let’s trash their reputation in the field,” they wrote. “If during your stealth operation you pwned [sic] an analyst, target him and leak his personal...

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Health care in trouble as cyber security threat grows

Present in the neonatal intensive care unit of Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas is a father rocking his baby attached to a heart monitor. There are doctors roaming across the halls trying to prevent infection but Chief Information Officer Theresa Meadows is worried about another kind of virus. “The last thing anybody wants to happen in their organization is have all their heart monitors disabled or all of their IV pumps which provide medication to a patient disabled,” Meadows says. Meadows is in charge of managing IT and cybersecurity for over 7000 employees at more than 50 locations in Texas. She says that there is a lot of improvement needed after co-chairing an evaluation of hospital cybersecurity across the United States. Dr. John Halamka, CIO for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical center in Boston, also agrees, stating, “Health care has traditionally under-invested in information technology,” Halamka says. Halamka, who has been a CIO since the 1990s, has stated that a decade ago, pretty much all health records were paper. Then, in a matter of few years, hospitals switched to electronic records. But the security of digital health has not kept up with its growth. Other industries, like financial services and the federal government, have devoted more than 12 percent to their IT budgets to cybersecurity. Health care has the average of just half of that. Also, at around the same...

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