Why a sustainable edge is critical to reaping the benefits of 5G

Today the energy requirements of hyperscale and colocation data centers has attracted much public attention, often amid concerns that the strains they place on electrical generation and their energy consumption presents another challenge in attempts to drive decarbonization. However, an issue rapidly growing in importance is the efficiency, or energy demands, of smaller data centers at the edge of the …

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It’s time we made connectivity critical to national infrastructure

The term ‘Critical National Infrastructure’ (CNI) is often bandied around without much explanation of what it entails. Put simply, CNI is the engine that keeps the nation’s wheels moving forward. It’s the backbone of the UK, comprising the facilities, systems, sites, information, networks and processes upon which daily life depends, whether that’s the water coming out of your taps, or …

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Why endpoint data is so critical to corporate investigations

While offices worldwide are beginning to reopen, many employees are continuing to work remotely. And some form of remote work will no doubt remain long after “business as usual” returns. During their time out of office, remote workers gained greater freedom and flexibility, but businesses incurred greater risk. When employees worked at company headquarters, they all used the same protected …

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Cloud misconfiguration has become a critical security issue

Cloud misconfigurations are a huge security problem, resulting in the exposure of sensitive data. Despite the risks, many businesses are failing to properly configure their instances, in part due to confusing information from vendors. This is according to a new report from cloud security provider Lightspin, which performed analysis on 40,000 AWS buckets and their cloud storage permissions. The company …

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Employee engagement a critical ingredient for successful customer relationships

The relationship between employee engagement and customer satisfaction has been well established across a variety of sectors, with the link between the two twice as strong when employee satisfaction is particularly high. This connection is especially important where customers rely heavily on customer service personnel to help them through emotionally charged experiences.  Making sure that employees stay engaged is a critical …

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Protecting the supply chain: Hardening systems to safeguard vaccine distribution and other critical functions

Security teams began 2021 on high-alert, following a year of unexpected pandemic challenges and one of the most notable supply chain attacks to-date. While the SolarWinds attack posed the greatest threat for high-value targets across government, critical infrastructure, and the private sector, the impact of the attack far exceeds the list of organizations affected. The event initiated a global reckoning …

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Security vendor F5 discovers critical vulnerabilities in its products

Cybersecurity company F5 has identfied seven vulnerabilities affecting its products, the company confirmed in a blog post. As reported by SC Magazine, F5 revealed that its BIG-IP and BIG-IQ network devices suffer from vulnerabilities in the iControl REST interface and Traffic Management User Interface, as well as two buffer overflow vulnerabilities.  Of the seven flaws identified, six have a severity …

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Security threat to critical infrastructure reaches record high

Industrial organizations are speeding up their digital transformation efforts in order to better navigate the Covid-19 pandemic, but have attracted the attention of cybercriminals in the process. A new report from Nozomi Networks Labs found that 2020 was a record-breaking year in terms of the weaponization of the supply chain, as well as the number, sophistication and destructive force of …

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Nearly all UK firms see hybrid cloud as critical to pandemic recovery

Almost all businesses in the UK agree that hybrid cloud will play a central role in helping firms to survive the Covid-19 pandemic. This is according to a new report from technology services company NTT. The company polled 950 decision-makers in 13 countries around the world, including 115 respondents from the UK and Ireland, and found that approximately 95 percent …

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Understanding digital identity as critical national infrastructure

When the Government of the United Kingdom announced ambitious plans for digital identity last year, it signified a transition that has countries around the world adapting to an increasingly digital and global society. By 2018, The World Bank was reporting that over 80 percent of countries with a national identity program have a digital element: Digital identity as a foundational …

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