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Every single day, half a million new malicious programs and potentially unwanted applications are detected. These are serious hazards that can present a direct threat to the daily operations of various organisations, impacting critical assets, data, and the availability of services.

Although the number and complexity of threats and attacks has steadily grown throughout the years, we have recently noticed a sudden spike in all kinds of attack vectors targeting different sectors.
To successfully operate in and survive this rather hostile environment, businesses of all sizes have to address risks from cyber threats within areas such as supply chains, Internet of Things devices, and remote workforces, and employ risk reduction frameworks.
We have gathered the three most important stories from the last month that can help you to evaluate the security of your company, and plan for the future.

CISA Encourages “Shields Up” to Protect Operations and Workers as Cyber War Ramps Up

The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency has urged a “Shields The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency has urged a “Shields Up” defence in depth approach, as Russian use of wiper malware in the Ukrainian war escalates. The guidance is comprehensive, but this article highlights certain key steps to pay particular attention to right now given the current crisis in Europe.

Misconfiguration is the number one cause of cloud-security incidents

In cloud computing, data centres are the most prominent – this is where the According to a global report based on a survey of 775 cyber security professionals, companies struggle to manage the complexity of securing their cloud infrastructures across multiple platforms, while also suffering a cyber-skills and knowledge shortage. It is remarkable that this skills shortage witnessed by 45% of companies and only 16% said they had DevSecOps in place. This is a worrying situation that could lead to very serious security breaches.

Cyber can now create biowarfare effects, without a bioweapon

The digitisation, automation, and networking of biomedical and public health information may mean that cyber tools can be used to achieve biowarfare effects that were previously unrealistic or impractical. In this article, three experts from Future Warfare at Long Term Strategy Group and Global Health Innovation as well as the Health Division at ManTech International lay out the worryingly diverse ways the global healthcare system is at risk, and why it should concern the defence community. Although the article focuses on healthcare organisations, it is relevant to all sectors and regions.

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