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Software Supply Chain Attacks Tripled in 2021: Study

2021 can be described as the year of the software supply chain attack – the year in which SolarWinds opened the world’s eyes, and the extent of the threat became apparent.

Apart from SolarWinds, other major attacks included Kaseya, Codecov, ua-parser-js and Log4j. In each case, the attraction for the attacker is that a single breach, compromise or vulnerability in distributed code can lead to multiple – even thousands – of victims.

Following a six-month analysis of customer security assessments conducted by Argon (an Aqua Security company), the 2021 Software Supply Chain Security Report highlights the primary areas of criminal focus: open-source vulnerabilities and poisoning; code integrity issues; and exploiting the software supply chain process and supplier trust to distribute malware or backdoors.

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Is AIOps A Blessing or a Curse?

What is AIOps?

Coined by Gartner, AIOps—i.e. artificial intelligence for IT operations—is the application of artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities, such as natural language processing and machine learning models, to automate and streamline operational workflows. By aggregating data in real-time, AIOps platforms can make predictions around operational hazards, such as a data breach, which can either kick off a prescriptive action automatically, like a defense protocol, or alert security teams to action on an urgent issue more immediately. These tools are typically integrated into DevOps and DevSecOps teams to help with performance monitoring and reduce mean-time-to-know (MTTK).

The demand for AIOps has only grown with the increased business focus on digital transformation initiatives. While the use of virtual machines, container-based microservices and shared multi-tenant infrastructure have accelerated application development, it has unfortunately come at the expense of operational efficiency as each app has its own set of data. AIOps attempts to break down the operational silos by aggregating this data and providing more transparency and insight to it organizations. This, in turn, allows businesses to reduce costs and improve decision-making to make progress against goals.

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The Critical Importance of Virtualized Infrastructure Security (And 4 Ways to Enhance It)

A torn-down virtual infrastructure creates risks for any business. And it can have a significant impact on how quickly you can retrieve your data and resume operations following an attack.

These days, many businesses use virtualized infrastructure for more straightforward data storage. It’s because this approach is superior to physical solutions due to enhanced flexibility, straightforward provisioning, and affordable pricing. 

However, this model also requires a comprehensive approach to security. 

There’s a much greater risk of data loss, as many tools and practices for physical data protection are nearly useless in the virtual setting. Virtual threats are different, that’s why you need to think beyond traditional perimeter protection. 

So, if you’re using a virtualized infrastructure for data storage, keep reading. 

This article discusses the risks of improper virtualized infrastructure security and talks about ways you can improve it. 

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Digital transformation: 4 tips to be a successful IT leader in 2022

In 2021, leadership was about finding new ways to deliver on commitments and grow, despite global challenges. It involved coaching teams that were working out of home offices and balancing new distractions and personal commitments – all while managing anxiety about what was to come. In 2022, we hope to finally put the pandemic behind us and set the tone for a new kind of workplace and workplace culture.

Whether you are a veteran leader or are stepping into a leadership role for the first time, you likely realize that there is no one-size-fits-all approach for the times ahead. The following tenets can help you craft a leadership strategy that supports your team as they deliver results without disruption.

1. Create a culture that supports innovation

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Don't Let Your Browser Autofill Your Passwords — Here's Why

You should turn off autofill in your password manager, and stop using some browser password managers altogether, argues a Czech security researcher.

"Most password managers have the autofill feature enabled by default, even though it reduces the security of the stored password," said Marek Toth, a penetration tester at Avast, in a recent blog post.

Autofilling is when your password manager fills in the username and password fields in a website's login page with your saved credentials without you actively prompting the password manager. 

The characters pasted into the field can then be "read" by scripts present in the login page — such as might be preset in an online ad that has nothing to do with the page itself — and those scripts will be able to copy and send your username and password anywhere. 

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