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CAMBRIDGE, MA – IBM (NYSE: IBM) Security today released findings from a study focused on the behaviors and security risks of those new to working from home (WFH) during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study shows more than 80% of respondents either rarely worked from home or not at all prior to the pandemic, and, in turn, more than half are now doing so with no new security policies to help guide them. This shift to working from home has exposed new security risks and has left nearly 50% of those employees worried about impending cyber threats in their new home office settings.

Now that more than half of the U.S. population is working from home—and a large percentage is expected to continue to do so through the rest of 2020 and beyond—many companies may be playing catch-up as they attempt to manage the security risks of rushed remote-work models. Business activities that were once conducted in protected office environments, and monitored under specific policies, have quickly transitioned to new, and potentially less secure territory. For example, customer service agents who worked in closely managed call centers are now managing sensitive customer data at home.


As a result, IBM X-Force Red has expanded its security testing practice to help companies identify potential blind spots in the work from home world and assist them in designing secure frameworks. The practice will look at key areas including systems that risk exposure of intellectual property, client and employee data, as well as collaboration tools such as video conferencing platforms, and file sharing platforms.

“Organizations need to use a risk-based approach with work-from-home models, then reassess and build from the ground up,” said Charles Henderson, Global Partner and Head of IBM X-Force Red. “Working from home is going to be a long-lasting reality within many organizations, and the security assumptions we once relied on in our traditional offices may not be enough as our workforce transitions to new, less controlled surroundings.”

No Support for Newbies Creates Opportunity for Cybercriminals
The rapid shift to working from home has also changed the ways many organizations do business from moving face-to-face meetings to video conferencing calls to adding new collaboration tools—yet the survey showed many employees are lacking guidance, direction and policies.

Sponsored by IBM Security and conducted by Morning Consult, the IBM Security Work from Home Survey is comprised of responses from more than 2,000 newly working remotely Americans. Key findings include:

  • Confident, Yet Unprepared: 93% of those newly working from home are confident in their company’s ability to keep personally identifiable information (PII) secure while working remotely, yet 52% are using their personal laptops for work – often with no new tools to secure it, and 45% haven’t received any new training.
  • Lacking PII Guidelines: More than half have not been provided with new guidelines on how to handle highly regulated PII while working from home. This is despite more than 42% of people who manage PII as part of their regular jobs now doing so at home.
  • Policy Awareness: More than 50% of respondents don’t know of any new company policies related to customer data handling, password management and more.
  • Personal (Unprotected) Devices in Use: More than 50% of new work from home employees are using their own personal computers for business use, however 61% also say their employer hasn’t provided tools to properly secure those devices.
  • Passwords Lacking Protection: 66% have not been provided with new password management guidelines, which could be why 35% are still reusing passwords for business accounts.

Expanded X-Force Red Remote Work Security Testing Practice

X-Force Red has expanded its security testing offerings to help all organizations test and strengthen their security posture and to specifically address those that are new to remote workforces. With more than half of surveyed new work from home employees lacking the training and policies needed to secure critical business operations, this expanded practice can help organizations fill crucial security gaps.

  • Remote Work Adversary Simulation: leverage X-Force Red’s Adversary Simulation services with expanded remote work scenarios designed to test the detection and response effectiveness of remote blue teams and incident response playbooks not originally designed with a dispersed workforce in mind. These simulations can include advanced attacks targeting multi-factor authentication (MFA), VPN, and Single-Sign On (SSO) portals, compromised employee laptops or remote access credentials, ransomware on employee or BYOD devices, or the robustness of remote access controls.
  • WFH Application Penetration Testing: building on the existing X-Force Red Penetration Testing program, this expanded offering will focus on testing the security and business controls of remote access applications, collaboration tools, and call center management applications for organizations new to work from home models. This includes testing all remote collaboration tools and practices, which will consist of reviewing video conference policies and practices, file sharing controls and default settings, policies to secure sensitive meetings, procedures to help remediate meeting breaches and ensuring that applications that use PII are being deployed securely. This expansion will also include increased remote delivery of these services to address new business demands in today’s climate as well as future scenarios that arise.
  • Phishing Exercises: these exercises will focus on phishing and social engineering to pinpoint remote employees’ weaknesses. X-Force Red Social Engineering testing will simulate phishing attacks on employees, conduct social engineering and open source intelligence (OSINT) activities and provide training and recommendations based on the outcomes. Employees will be trained on how to detect and respond to a range of tactics, including email and voice phishing, the use of OSINT data and more.

To download the full report of the survey results, go to: http://newsroom.ibm.com/image/IBM_Security_Work_From_Home_Study.pdf

For more information on X-Force Red go to: IBM.com/xforcered

About IBM Security
IBM Security offers one of the most advanced and integrated portfolios of enterprise security products and services. The portfolio, supported by world-renowned IBM X-Force® research, enables organizations to effectively manage risk and defend against emerging threats. IBM operates one of the world’s broadest security research, development and delivery organizations, monitors 70 billion security events per day in more than 130 countries, and has been granted more than 10,000 security patents worldwide.

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NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–IVERIC bio, Inc. (Nasdaq: ISEE) today announced that it will report 18 month data from the Zimura® (avacincaptad pegol) OPH2003 Phase 3 randomized, controlled clinical trial in geographic atrophy secondary to age-related macular degeneration on Monday, June 15, 2020. Following the announcement, the IVERIC bio management team will host a live conference call and webcast at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss the results. To participate in this conference call, dial 800-367-2403 (USA) or 334-777-6978 (International), passcode 7075082. A live, listen-only audio webcast of the conference call can be accessed on the Investors section of the IVERIC bio website at www.ivericbio.com. A replay will be available approximately two hours following the live call for two weeks. The replay number is 888-203-1112 (USA Toll Free), passcode 7075082. About IVERIC bio IVERIC bio is a science-driven biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development…
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At the DEF CON 27 security conference in Las Vegas, Eclypsium security research team uncovered serious security flaws in more than 40 device drivers from 20 different vendors. These flaws could allow attackers to deploy malware on the vulnerable devices. “Drivers that provide access to system BIOS or system components for the purposes of updating firmware, running diagnostics, or customizing options on the component can allow attackers to turn the very tools used to manage a system into powerful threats that can escalate privileges and persist invisibly on the host,” Eclypsium wrote in its report. These drivers can provide an attacker the most privileged access that can be used to launch malicious actions within all versions of Windows including Windows Kernel. All the affected drivers are certified by Microsoft. In a statement to ZDNet, Mickey Shkatov, Principal Researcher at Eclypsium noted that the design flaw in Windows device drivers have a functionality that can be misused to…
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ATLANTA — DC BLOX, a multi-tenant data center provider delivering the infrastructure and connectivity essential to power today’s digital business, announces the opening of its fourth center facility in Birmingham, Alabama. The first phase of the facility, now customer ready, delivers up to 5MW of power, 18,000 square feet of white space and 13,000 square feet of office space, featuring conference rooms, demo space, hoteling cubes and workstations. This location is DC BLOX’s flagship facility and is capable of expanding to over 200,000 square feet with over 60MW of critical IT load to serve as a technology and innovation hub for the surrounding area.

As data centers move more toward the edge of the network to accommodate a growing number of applications demanding local processing and storage – low-latency, high-capacity connectivity is a key component of this evolving architecture. DC BLOX’s Birmingham data center offers access to the company’s full breadth of solutions including cloud storage, colocation and rich connectivity to support enterprise, government and education customers, as well as managed service providers, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) companies and content providers that do business in the Southeast. The facility is part of DC BLOX,s private, high-speed network fabric, which provides 100Gb+ bandwidth, low-latency connections to Internet Exchanges, access to numerous carriers across data centers and secure cloud connectivity.


“We live in a digital age, and the world is not standing still. DC BLOX’s new data center is certainly a welcome addition to the Birmingham community,” said Alabama Governor Kay Ivey. “It will connect the city with high-performance networks to ensure business continuity, and ultimately, it will drive the digital economy. In addition to elevating Birmingham’s technological capabilities, the new data center will bring several high-paying jobs for Alabamians. DC BLOX’s efforts are a much-appreciated investment into Alabama’s future success, and their increased presence in this great state will help propel us forward.”

DC BLOX offers the highest data center performance, reliability and connectivity available in the markets it serves. The company is dedicated to meeting the infrastructure needs of businesses and communities in emerging and underserved markets throughout the Southeastern U.S., where robust connectivity and Tier 3 data center availability is limited. This new local data center enables Birmingham-area businesses and government entities to offload the cost and complexity of managing their own data centers and provides the connectivity needed to address an increasingly distributed IT ecosystem. The grand opening of the Birmingham, AL data center is taking place on July 11th.

“With construction designed to withstand 150+ mph winds, N+1 power and cooling systems, a fully-protected private network and enhanced security developed to accommodate Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) standards, the Birmingham facility is designed for security and reliability,” states Mark Masi, DC BLOX Chief Operating Officer. “Our data hall is designed to accommodate cabinets of varying densities and can be adapted for custom solutions as well.”

“We are thrilled to be joining the Birmingham community,” adds Jeff Uphues, Chief Executive Officer of DC BLOX. “The State of Alabama and the City of Birmingham care deeply about the prosperity of their citizens and are working to bring in companies like ours to invest in their communities and bring jobs to the region. They understand that a data center is core infrastructure that attracts other technology-dependent companies, and we couldn’t be more excited to be a part of it.”

About DC BLOX
DC BLOX is a multi-tenant data center provider delivering the infrastructure and connectivity essential to power today’s digital business. DC BLOX’s software-defined network services enable access to a wealth of providers, partners and platforms to businesses across the Southeast. DC BLOX’s connected data centers are in Atlanta, GA; Huntsville, AL; Chattanooga, TN, and Birmingham, AL. For more information, please visit www.dcblox.com.

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Interop 2019, an unbiased IT conference, hosted all levels of IT and business pros at the Mirage, Las Vegas, on May 20-23. The three-day event provided attendees a complete objective view of the things happening across all the IT disciplines. It featured speakers from industry leaders like Google, Microsoft, IBM, Juniper Networks, Cisco, Delta Dental, and Red Hat. Interop 2019: Top announcements Having said that, below are the main announcements made at Interop 2019: 1. Winners of 2019 Best of Interop Awards Interop announced the winners of its 2019 Best of Interop Awards to recognize the companies that made significant technological advancements with their innovative products. 2019 Best of Interop Awards Winners: Cloud— Edge Expander Cloud Module, Expanse DevOps— Datadog Synthetics, Datadog Infrastructure—Batfish Enterprise, Intentionet Security— Edge Expander Cloud Module, Expanse Emerging Vendor— 128 Technology Honorable Mention— IBM Multicloud Manager, IBM and ThousandEyes…
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SOUTHFIELD, MI – Nexcess, a leading provider of Magento cloud hosting, will kick off Magento Imagine 2019 in Las Vegas with a special evening party at TopGolf.

Magento Imagine brings together retailers, ecommerce service providers, agencies, and developers from across the world on May 13–15 at the Wynn Las Vegas.


NexcessLive at Topgolf will take place from 7:30-10:30 p.m. on Monday, May 12, the first day of Magento Imagine. Topgolf is a renowned indoor golf and event space in Las Vegas.

“Magento Imagine is one of the highlights of the year for us, and we’re thrilled to be hosting a party for professionals from across the Magento world,“ commented Chris Wells, President and CEO of Nexcess. “We look forward to meeting retailers to talk about how Magento hosting has evolved in the last year, including the new Nexcess Cloud for Magento.”

The party is a don’t-miss opportunity to relax, have fun, and get to know Magento professionals in an informal environment. NexcessLive is free to attend, and Nexcess will provide everything partygoers need to have a good time, including food, drinks, prizes, and party buses to take attendees to and from Topgolf in style.

The venue has limited space, so conference attendees should reserve a ticket as soon as possible to avoid missing out.

Attendees are encouraged to engage with their Nexcess hosts to learn more about cloud hosting, performance optimization, and how Nexcess’s Magento hosting platform can improve the reliability, stability, and performance of their ecommerce store.

Magento Imagine is the premier conference for the Magento ecommerce world, attracting over 3,000 attendees from 60 countries. Over 150 speakers will attend; more than 100 sessions will cover a full spectrum of Magento and ecommerce-related topics. This year’s keynote speaker is entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk, CEO of VaynerMedia and author of several best-selling books. Among the many other speakers are senior executives from Magento, Adobe, HP Inc., and PayPal.

About Nexcess
Nexcess is a Southfield, Michigan-based managed cloud and application hosting company founded in 2000, with data centers distributed throughout the United States, Europe, and Australia. Nexcess offers a variety of performance-optimized and scalable managed cloud and bare metal hosting solutions for Magento, WordPress, WooCommerce, Drupal, ExpressionEngine, Craft CMS, and OroCRM. For more information, visit http://www.nexcess.net.

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