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Python and Bash - Contenders for the most used scripting language - Packt Publishing, publisher of software learning resources, has revealed the results of its 2018 Skill Up survey in a new report.

Top Six Advantages of Open Source Development/Products According to Guardian Digital - Open source programs and solutions offer many advantages over proprietary alternatives including better quality, higher levels of security, superior flexibility, lower costs and a thriving community surrounding open source development.

(Jul 5)

Senior businesses awareness of cybersecurity, legal and compliance issues and cloud-delivered products are some of the trends driving the industry, according to Gartner.

(Jul 3)

A data leak at the NHS affecting 150,000 patients has been blamed on a software developer error.

HMRC: 29% Increase in Malicious Site Deactivations (Jul 2)

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) demanded the removal of more than 20,000 malicious sites over the past year, as its efforts to protect taxpayers from scams gained momentum.

(Jul 4)

An Iranian APT group has been spotted building a phishing site, using a cybersecurity company which outed it as a lure.

(Jul 1)

A new survey of 600 IT decision makers at small-to-midsized businesses (SMBs) found that nearly all SMBs are conducting some form of employee cybersecurity awareness training, which could be due in part to the fear of phishing.

California's New Privacy Law Gives GDPR-Compliant Orgs Little to Fear (Jul 4)

California's newly enacted Consumer Privacy Act should have little impact for US organizations that have already implemented measures for complying with the requirements of the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation. But for most others the mandate will likely necessitate a thorough review of their data security controls and in many cases potential updates to them.

(Jul 2)

Less than 40% of UK CEOs believe a successful cyber-attack on their company is inevitable, far fewer than their global counterparts, according to new research from KPMG.

(Jul 1)

Social engineering is a common problem with few solutions. Now, two researchers are trying to bring down attackers' success rate with a new tool designed to leverage natural language processing (NLP) to detect questions and commands and determine whether they are malicious.

(Jul 3)

Last year, high-profile incidents like the WannaCry ransomware outbreak made the file-encrypting malware internet enemy number one.

Fortnum & Mason: 23,000 Affected by Data Hack (Jul 5)

Luxury retailer Fortnum & Mason has become the latest big brand to be involved in a significant data breach after the company admitted the details of around 23,000 competition and survey participants had been compromised.

Digital India Susceptible to Security Breaches (Jul 6)

India's Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, is preparing for a digital revolution that includes strategies to improve cybersecurity for a digital India; however, as the divide between users and nonusers of the internet narrows, the risk for cyber-attacks increases, according to Prem Behl, Chairman of Exhibitions India Group. As a result, defending India's critical infrastructure, financial institutions and data security from hackers is critical as the nation advances into the digital age.

(Jul 6)

The Bank of England and Financial Conduct Authority have given UK financial services firms three months to produce backup plans explaining how they would respond to cyberattacks and avoid technical shutdowns, Reuters reports.