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In 2020, biz will chuck $100bn+ at protecting itself online

Security spending is predicted to grow from $73.7bn in 2016 to $101.6bn in 2020, according to analysts. This compound annual growth rate of 8.3 per cent, more than twice the rate of overall IT spending growth, will be increased security spending in healthcare as well as continued strong demand in banking and government. The …
John Leyden, 14 Oct 2016

Cutting edge security: Expensive kit won't save you

We all want to protect our customer and employee data, but as the threat landscape changes and the publicly disclosed data breaches get increasingly larger, our approach may need to change. What constitutes "state of the art" information security in 2016? It’s tempting to create a listicle of 10 shiny new security tools that …
Danny Bradbury, 13 Apr 2016
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How cyber insurance actually works

A couple of weeks ago El Reg carried an article by Mark Pesce about the likely evolution of Cyber Insurance. Reg reader and insurance industry veteran Tom Whipp agreed with most of his sentiments, but wasn’t so keen on his conclusions and demanded his stint on the Reg soapbox. So, take it away Tom. I’ve worked in security and …
Tom Whipp, 23 Nov 2015

Mozilla project spits out threat modelling tool for sysadmins

A trio of university undergraduates have worked with Mozilla to create an online threat modelling tool designed to help system administrators better understand the threats they face. The open source SeaSponge tool, developed under Mozilla's Winter of Security initiative, sports a graphical flow its designers say could be a …
Darren Pauli, 1 Apr 2015

User flexibility without the risk

Most organisations are seeing users and business groups starting to make their own technology decisions to some degree or another. On the one hand this provides those in the business with the freedom and flexibility they often crave, but unilateral adoption of equipment, software and services can create ambiguity over who is …
Dale Vile, 27 Nov 2014

HPC boffins: Our HOT MODELS will help you cope with DISASTER

HPC Blog What’s the most common and costly type of natural disaster? If you answered "floods and tsunamis” you’d be right on the money. Economic damages caused by large and small flooding events – either caused by storms, storm surges or earthquakes, in the case of tsunamis – are truly massive, running into the billions or tens of …
Dan Olds, 2 Apr 2014
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Blighty's top moneymen: Hackers are SLURPING CASH direct from banks

Several UK banks have suffered actual financial losses as a result of cyber-attacks in the last six months, according to a Bank of England study. The Bank of England’s latest Financial Stability Report, published on Thursday, reiterates warnings about the risk posed by hacking attacks made six months ago when Andrew Haldane, …
John Leyden, 29 Nov 2013
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SMEs get hit harder in a market crisis, say biz profs

SMEs, especially riskier R&D-led ones, get even harder than one would expect by market crises, according to a new analysis by biz professors. "We found that during big market crashes, investors adjust their holdings towards bigger corporate stocks that they perceive as being safer, even after controlling for economic exposures …
Lewis Page, 22 Jun 2011
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Mummy, mummy, there's a nuclear monster!

The total non-story of the Fukushima nuclear powerplant "disaster" – which has seen and will see no deaths or measurable health consequences for anyone anywhere – has received a shot in the arm today with the news that Japanese authorities have upgraded the incident to a Level 7 on the nuclear accident scale. This was reported …
Lewis Page, 12 Apr 2011
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Fukushima fearmongers are stealing our Jetsons future

As the situation at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear powerplant slowly winds down, the salient facts remain the same as they have been throughout: nobody has suffered or will suffer any radiological health consequences. Economic damage and inconvenience resulting from the quake's effects on nuclear power have been significant, …
Lewis Page, 31 Mar 2011
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The good, the bad and the ugly

Hosted apps Interested in software as a service (SaaS) but worried about the risks to your information? That’s understandable, given the chatter and FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) that surrounds this area. What are the risks you really need to consider in making an objective assessment? The answer will depend on your own situation and …
Dale Vile, 8 Feb 2011
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ARM chips put on their server boots

The ARM RISC processor is taking a few baby steps closer to being a credible alternative to x64 processors for servers, according to ARM Holdings, the British company behind the popular chip. According to notes for a speech delivered at the Hot Chips conference at Stanford University on Tuesday, ARM Holdings architecture …
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Web2.0rhea means ‘higher insurance premiums’

Web2.0rhea sufferers may pay a high price for their compulsive use of Twitter and Facebook, in the form of higher insurance premiums. A witty site called PleaseRobMe.com has shown how easy it is. The site finds user profiles of users on Twitter and other social networks who’ve listed their addresses, and also indicated that …
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Feb 2010
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Sony to bring Risk to the big screen

Sony Pictures Entertainment has acquired the rights to produce a movie based on Hasbro's classic strategy boardgame Risk, offering the delicious possibility that the company might follow it up with Ludo: The Motion Picture and Mahjong: Tiles of Destiny. Those of you wishing to object to the plan are directed to /FILM, which …
Lester Haines, 6 Nov 2009
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Defensive contracts set for fail, say negotiatiors

Contract managers are being more cautious than ever when they negotiate new agreements, contract managers' body IACCM has said. It has surveyed the most negotiated contract terms and says that the wrong terms get most attention. "It has become increasingly apparent that what we negotiate is out of step with business needs," …
OUT-LAW.COM, 17 Jun 2009
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DARPA to develop anti-Credit Crunch software

DARPA, the famed Pentagon boffinry bureau occasionally beset by marble-localisation issues, has struck again. This time, the agency seems to be seeking new mathematical tools which could - among other things - prevent any future collapses of global capitalism. The new project comes to us under the name "Survivability of …
Lewis Page, 7 May 2009
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Securing the corporation

In the past couple of articles we have considered why security is important and what are the threats faced, both internal and external. Most, if not all organisations will be doing something about IT security, so it isn’t going to be awfully useful to launch into a treatise on how everybody should be implementing IT security. It …
Jon Collins, 3 Mar 2009
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iPod cans menace pacemakers

US researchers have warned that the magnets in iPod headphones and those used by other MP3 devices "may interfere with heart pacemakers and implantable defibrillators". A team led by Dr William Maisel of the Medical Device Safety Institute at Beth Israel Medical Center in Boston tested eight models of MP3 cans on 60 …
Lester Haines, 10 Nov 2008

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