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Security

IDC: Security Appliances Bring "Huge Revenues"

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IDC: Security Appliances Bring

The global security appliance market had a bumper 2015, IDC reports-- annual revenues total $10.6 billion, a 9.9% increase, while shipments reach a record high of 2.33 million units with 8.1% growth.

EMEA accounts for 26% of WW 2015 revenues with an annual increase of 2.9% compared to 2014.

The last quarter of the year was also positive-- global revenues are worth $2.95bn (a 9.3% Y-o-Y increase) and shipments are up by 6.2% Y-o-Y to 635281 units. \

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Macs Hit By First Ransomware

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Macs Hit By First Ransomware

The typically secure Mac platform has been hit by a ransomware-- version 2.90 of the Transmission BitTorrent client is actually infected with malware, and poses nasty consequences to users.

According to Palo Alto Networks security researchers this is the first functioning example of such malware (specifically "KeRanger") to attack OS X. Thankfully the Transmission developers quickly realised the situation, and users are urged to use the Activity Monitor to delete KeRanger and related processes.

In addition, Apple has already revoked a "a digital certificate from a legitimate Apple developer that enabled the rogue software to install on Macs."

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Apple Locks Horns With FBI Over iPhone Encryption

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Apple Locks Horns With FBI Over iPhone Encryption

An encrypted iPhone stands in the way of the FBI investigation over the 2 December 2015 San Bernardino mass shooting-- one Apple refuses to unlock in the name of protecting user data.

To put a long story short, following the discovery of ISIS involvement in the San Bernardino attack the FBI found an iPhone belonging to one of the attackers. As law enforcement agencies tend to, the FBI wants to go through the data inside the device, but it requires a means to break the iPhone's built-in encryption, specifically by modifying iOS security to allow unlimited unlocking attempts, as well as allowing "brute force" attacks to discover the correct PIN.

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Cisco: IoT Devices Pose Security Risk

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Cisco: IoT Devices Pose Security Risk

The connected devices making the Internet of Things (IoT) might bring more convenience, but Cisco points out major concerns with the technology-- security is not a priority among the vendors of such devices.

According to the company smart devices might make a weakest link potential hackers can exploit in order to attack home or organisation networks. Making matters worse is patching such vulnerabilities can be a complicated task, especially for non-technically savvy average user or situations where many connected devices are in use.

Cisco points out a particular vulnerable device-- the Trane ComfortLink II thermostat. Back in April 2014 Cisco's Talos security unit alerted Trane to three vulnerabilities providing a backdoor for hackers to not only gain control of the thermostat but also access networks and launch local or at-large attacks.

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NTT Com: Most Organisations Fear Information Security Breaches

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NTT Com: Most Organisations Fear Information Security Breaches

According to the NTT Com Security Risk:Value report 65% of business decision makers fear their organisation will suffer an information security breach some time in the future-- one with recovery costs starting from around $1 million.

The report surveys 1000 non-IT business decision makers in organisations in the UK, US, Germany, France Sweden, Norway and Sweden. It shows 54% of decision makers believe information security is "vital," while 18% say poor information poses the "single greatest risk." As for recovery, the respondents say the process requires 9 weeks and an average price of $907053 without counting reputational damage, brand erosion or lost business.

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