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June 17, 2019

Industrial Control Systems Security Professionals Say Cyber Security Risk is at Critical Levels, with People the Biggest Risk

SANS 2019 State of OT/ICS Cybersecurity Security Survey Also Finds Mobile Devices, Wireless Networks and Cloud Services Increase Cyber Risk

People remain the greatest threat to industrial control systems (ICS) and associated networks, according to a new SANS survey focused on better understanding cybersecurity risks to operational technology (OT) systems. More than half of respondents also see the cyber risks to their safe and reliable operations as high or higher than in past years.

Three hundred and forty-eight security professionals worldwide, representing IT, OT and hybrid IT-OT domains provided their thoughts in the SANS 2019 State of OT/ICS Cybersecurity [...]

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June 10, 2019

Emirates NBD UAE PMI®: at the highest level since October 2014

The Emirates NBD Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for the UAE rose to the highest level since October 2014 last month, posting 59.4 on the back of faster growth in output/ activity and new work.  Output rose at the fastest rate on record in May, as did new export orders.  The improvement in overall demand was thus partly due to external demand, particularly from Saudi Arabia and Oman. 

Price discounting likely also supported the strong growth in new work and output last month.  Selling prices declined for the 8th month in a row, highlighting the competitive environment that businesses are facing.  While input cost pressures were relatively muted [...]

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May 29, 2019

Mimecast Research Finds 75% of Organisations in UAE saw an Increase in Impersonation Attacks

Third Annual State of Email Security Report Reveals a Major Increase in Targeted Attacks Like Impersonation Fraud, Spear Phishing and Business Disrupting Ransomware

Mimecast, a leading email and data security company, today unveiled its third-annual State of Email Security report. The reportincludes insights from 1,025 global IT decision makers, including the UAE. As cybercriminals continue to use email as a primary vehicle to steal data and deliver advanced threats, the results of this research provide valuable insights and trends around what’s affecting organisations the most and how they can improve their overall security posture.  

Social engineering attacks [...]

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April 15, 2019

Sharp rise in output and new work according to Emirates NBD Dubai Economy Tracker™

Dubai’s non-oil private sector economy expanded at a faster rate in March. Total business activity (output) increased at the fastest rate since January 2015. Moreover, two of the three key monitored sectors – travel & tourism and wholesale & retail – posted series record increases in activity. With new business growth also accelerating, expectations for the next 12 months were the second-strongest on record, just shy of January’s peak.  Price discounting, particularly in the wholesale & retail sector, was likely a key driver of demand in March. 

The seasonally adjusted Emirates NBD Dubai Economy Tracker Index – a composite indicator [...]

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April 7, 2019

Nine out of Ten Critical Infrastructure Security Professionals Say Their Environments Have Been Damaged by a Cyberattack in the Last Two Years

Report by Ponemon Institute for Tenable finds 62% of respondents said their organizations have suffered multiple attacks

Tenable, the Cyber Exposure company, released the ‘Cybersecurity in Operational Technology: 7 Insights You Need to Know’ report, an independent study by the Ponemon Institute. The study identifies the true extent of cyberattacks experienced by critical infrastructure operators — professionals in industries using industrial control systems (ICS) and operational technology (OT). It found that 90% of respondents stated their environments had been damaged by at least one cyberattack over the past two years, with 62% experiencing two or more attacks. [...]

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March 30, 2019

Creating Better Research Reports

Mike Sherman, Neil Gains, and NewMR have partnered to investigate issues surrounding the quality of market research reports in 2019. Some of the questions being addressed in the study are:

Whether people believe the quality has been improving or not?What are the key determinants of a good report?Whether the views of the writers of reports differ from those who read them?

To help explore this topic, a survey has been created and we invite our readers to take part in a survey by clicking here

Hear the results via Webinar

Mike Sherman, Neil Gains and the NewMR team will be presenting the findings from this project in a NewMR webinar on Tuesday 30 [...]

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March 29, 2019

Informa Launches Venture Capital Fund

Informa, the International Exhibitions, Events, Information Services and Scholarly Research Group, announces the launch of Informa Ventures, a founder-friendly venture capital fund that makes early stage investments in the Knowledge & Information economy.

Informa Ventures offers capital, access to markets, mentorship and expertise to entrepreneurs and founding teams. It focuses on start-ups whose products and services are based on content, intelligence and connections, and where founders have clear vision of how disruption and innovation will challenge and shape these markets.

“We love it when a [...]

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February 28, 2019

Centrify Survey Confirms that Most Organizations are Not Prioritizing Privileged Access Management, Despite Knowing Privileged Credential Abuse is the Preferred Attack Vector

Study Reveals Privileged Credential Abuse is Involved in 74 Percent of Data Breaches, Yet Over Half of Organizations are Not Taking Basic Steps to Prevent It

Centrify, a leading provider of cloud-ready Zero Trust Privilege to secure modern enterprises, today announced results of a new survey revealing that most IT decision makers are not prioritizing Privileged Access Management (PAM) practices and solutions, despite knowing privileged credential abuse is involved in almost three out of every four breaches.

The survey of 1,000 IT decision makers evenly split between the U.S. and U.K. found that, of those whose organizations have experienced a breach, 74 percent [...]

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