Nearly every web application has at least one vulnerability, according to the 2017 Trustwave Global Security Report, released Tuesday. Of the apps scanned by Trustwave for the report, 99.7% included at least one vulnerability, with the mean number of vulnerabilities in web apps being 11.

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Yesterday, news broke that a file containing detailed personal information on 200 million Americans was stored on an unprotected server by a political contractor. The travails of Yahoo and its half a billion stolen records have been well documented. Breaches like these, focused on personal information, recently have shifted the focus of card-not-present fraud professionals toward new kinds of fraud based on personal information: account takeover, account creation and synthetic fraud.

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The largest share of data breach incidents involved the retail industry, closely followed by food and beverages, according to a new report. The 2017 Global Security Report from Trustwave shows that 22 percent of incidents involved the retail industry, followed by food and beverages at 20 percent.

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Hacking attacks against sales terminals have risen by nearly a third last year, and the US is still leading the way in being insecure. Incidents affecting sales tills and payment systems increased to 31 per cent in 2016, according to research by security firm Trustwave, while incidents affecting e-commerce environments fell to 26 per cent from 38 per cent. Incidents involving sales registers were most common in the US, thanks to its tardy adoption of EMV chip technology and a reliance on chip and signature rather than chip and PIN payment.

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Many organizations are getting better at cyber intrusion detection, according to a new report from Trustwave, the Chicago-based MSSP. The “2017 Trustwave Global Security Report” of cybercrime, data breach and security threat trends from 2016 indicated the median number of days from cyber intrusion to detection of a compromise fell from 80.5 in 2015 to 49 last year. In addition, the median number of days from cyber intrusion detection to containment was 2.5 in 2016, according to the report.

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News headlines continue to call our attention to the latest cyber attacks -- something that provides IT and security professionals with the daunting task of remaining steadfast on the unpredictable security battlefield. In fact, 53 percent of IT professionals felt more pressure to secure their organization last year, compared to 2015, according to the 2017 Security Pressures Report from Trustwave. However, contrary to what you would expect, the pressures are not just coming from the C-suite.

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The relationship between a manufacturer or vendor and security researchers can be filled with tension and unease, and it's most often put to the test during the vulnerability disclosure process. Although their intentions are pure, researchers often feel they are being shut out of the process, while vendors may see disclosure deadlines as a threat from researchers looking to produce headlines.

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As organizations wade deeper into digital technology, the pressure grows on IT and security professionals to keep systems up and running. What's more, as budgets shrink and the time required to manage and maintain security systems swells, the stress levels keep rising. A recent report from Trustwave, "2017 Security Pressures Report," offers some perspective on how organizations are addressing these issues, and how IT and security teams are faring.

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Tom Bain, vice president of marketing at CounterTack, believes organizations want to "collapse the stack" and move to fewer providers and platform offerings. They want less agents and ultimately not as many providers under the hood. “Taking technologies into a managed deployment gives an enormous advantage to MSSPs who can remove the burden from operators, monitoring and responding to threats on their behalf,” he said.

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In the past year, Trustwave has hired 160 people in Chicago, increasing headcount here about 30 percent to more than 500 people. Worldwide, Trustwave is up to 1,650 employees. It's a workforce heavy on engineering talent. McCullen doesn't expect the growth to slow down. The company has 50 open positions in Chicago. There isn't enough talent anywhere in tech, but the challenge is particularly steep in cybersecurity. "We need really skilled people," he said. "Even our customers can't find them."

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Ever wondered who these ‘hush-hush’ people are that help to keep our networks safe? Here we talk to Lawrence Munro, director of SpiderLabs EMEA for Trustwave, about the role of the ‘White Hat hacker’.

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The Carbanak group, also known as Anunak, was exposed in 2015 after it managed to steal an estimated $1 billion from more than 100 banks across 30 countries. In early 2016, the group continued to target banks, mainly in the Middle East and U.S.

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The race to become the most innovated and tech-savvy hotel is on. Hotels have increasingly begun working with technology companies to offer more innovative and enhanced guest experiences. Guests at many hotels can now bypass the need to go to the front desk by using their mobile devices to select a room, check-in, receive texts when their room is ready, and even unlock the door to their room. Guests can also customize their stay by requesting items, ordering room service, planning activities, or purchasing upgrades. Everything a guest may want is only a few clicks or taps away, and soon, the data collected by these programs will allow hotel operators to anticipate guests’ requests and needs.

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