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Huge cost to recover from security breaches

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A recent Kaspersky Lab survey has revealed that the most expensive types of security breaches are employee fraud, cyber espionage, network intrusion and the failure of third party suppliers.

A worldwide survey of more than 5,500 companies in 26 countries, including South Africa, conducted by Kaspersky Lab in cooperation with B2B International in 2015 showed that the most expensive types of security breaches are employee fraud, cyber espionage, network intrusion and the failure of third party suppliers. The average budget required to recover from a security breach is US$551,000 for enterprises and $38,000 for small and medium businesses.

Averaging the variety:

A serious breach of IT security systems leads to many business issues. With damage being so diverse, it’s sometimes hard for the victims themselves to estimate the total cost of a breach. The methods used for this survey relied on data from previous years to pinpoint areas where companies have to spend money following a breach, or lose money as a result of a breach. Typically businesses have to spend more on professional services (such as external IT experts, lawyers, consultants, etc.), and earn less due to lost business opportunities and downtime.

The probability of each separate consequence also varies and this, along with the size of a company has to be taken into account. A similar method was used to estimate indirect spend: the budget businesses allocate after the recovery, but is still connected to a security breach. So, on top of the aforementioned figures, businesses typically pay from $8,000 (SMBs) to $69,000 (enterprises) on staffing, training and infrastructure upgrades.

An average breached enterprise bill:

·         Professional services (IT, risk management, lawyers): up to $84K with a probability of 88%

·         Lost business opportunities: up to $203K, 29%

·         Downtime: up to $1,4M, 30%

·         Total average: $551,000

·         Indirect spend: up to $69K

·         Including reputation damage: up to $204,750

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SMBs and enterprises: different ways to suffer

Nine out of ten companies that took part in our survey reported at least one security incident. However, not all incidents are serious and/or lead to the loss of sensitive data. Most frequently a serious security breach is the result of a malware attack, phishing, leaks of data by employees and exploited vulnerable software. Cost estimation provides a new look at the severity of IT security incidents and the outlook for SMBs and enterprises is slightly different.

Large companies pay significantly more when a security breach is the result of a trusted third party failure. Other expensive types of breaches include fraud by employees, cyber espionage and network intrusion. SMBs tend to lose a significant amount of money on almost all types of breach, paying a similar high price on recovering from acts of espionage as well as DDoS and phishing attacks.

“We have not seen too many reports on the consequences of IT security breaches, estimating a loss in real money. It is hard to come up with a reliable method of producing an average, but we understood that we had to do it, to bridge the theory of the corporate threat landscape with business practice. As a result, we have a list of corporate threats that caused the most significant damage – the ones we believe businesses should pay the utmost attention to,” commented Brian Burke, Head of Market Intelligence Team, Kaspersky Lab.

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CES: So long, and thanks for all the beer!

Last week, the Las Vegas expo showed off its fun side with state-of-the-art technologies for enjoying beer, writes BRYAN TURNER

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From craft beer-making machines to robots that pour beer, CES had more beer than usual in Las Vegas last week. And even free beer if you found the right stand. Stampede’s saloon-style booth offered beer to visitors who tried out its latest drones, virtual reality, and other gaming products. No beer tech, though.

Here are some of the beer technologies that stood out:

LG HomeBrew – Craft beer made at home

LG’s HomeBrew craft beer-making machine,  debuted at CES 2019, brings the brewing process home thanks to single-use capsules,  a self-cleaning feature, and an algorithm optimised for fermentation. 

Like a Nespresso coffee machine, the beer maker uses capsules, which contain malt, yeast, hop oil and flavouring. At the press of a button, LG HomeBrew automates the whole procedure from fermentation and carbonation to ageing. A companion app lets users check HomeBrew’s status at any time during the process, from their handsets.

The beer machine not only offers a simple way to make craft beer, but also enhances the quality of beer it makes. The fermentation algorithm intelligently controls the fermenting process with precise temperature and pressure control. It automatically sanitises itself, using nothing more than hot water, ensuring everything is hygienically clean for the next batch.

Designed with discerning beer lovers in mind, HomeBrew allows for in-home production of batches of more than 4 litres of beer in a variety of styles. The following five distinctive, flavoured beers are available now: 

  • Hoppy American IPA
  • Golden American Pale Ale
  • Full-bodied English Stout
  • Zesty Belgian-style Witbier
  • Dry Czech Pilsner

The only catch? It takes about two weeks to make, depending on the beer type.

“LG HomeBrew is the culmination of years of home appliance and water purification technologies that we’ve developed over the decades,” said Dan Song, president of LG Electronics Home Appliance & Air Solutions Company. “Homebrewing has grown at an explosive pace, but there are still many beer lovers who haven’t taken the jump because of the barriers to entry, like complexity, and these are the consumers we think will be attracted to LG HomeBrew.”

Click here to read about the party speaker that holds beer and robots that pour beer.

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CES: Alienware gets Legend-ary

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At CES in Las Vegas last week, Dell’s Alienware released a family of high-end, thin, light, and affordable machines for both amateur and professional gamers – and a new identity.

Alienware marked CES 2019 as a brand milestone with the debut of a new design identity, Alienware Legend. It aims to set a new bar of excellence for what gamers want most – performance and function. Alienware says it evaluated multiple concepts and chose one that was the biggest and boldest departure from its current look.

Alienware Legend, says the company, stays true to the brand’s core design tenets, taking cues from its deep roots in sci-fi culture and its early industrial designs, to distinguish the brand from the rest of the industry. The new Legend design is optimised with cutting-edge thermal cooling technology to achieve and sustain overclocking power, improved AlienFX lighting, and ultra-thin screen borders. It also unveiled a new “three-knuckle hinge” design that reduces the overall dimension while creating a stronger assembly, all combining to yield a better gaming experience.

“We’re excited to come to this year’s CES with some truly groundbreaking products, next-gen software and strategic partnerships that will bring more people to experience PC gaming and advance the industry,” said Frank Azor, vice president and general manager of Alienware. “The legend design answers the call for more and better from our gaming community, and the new G Series laptops will make PC gaming even more accessible to those looking for high-performance gaming at a cost they can appreciate.”

Click here to read about Alienware Legend in action with the Area-51m and m-series laptops

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