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Paul Kenyon
June 19th, 2013

Admin Rights: The Root Cause Behind Today’s Top Security Concerns

At April’s Infosecurity Europe conference in London, we conducted a survey that revealed a troubling disparity between IT professionals’ top security concerns and their existing (or lack of) best practices. Results shed light on the extent to which organizations allow employees full control over their desktops and servers, without implementing adequate controls to defend against accidental or deliberate misuse of privileges.

Of the 500 surveyed participants, comprising IT security decision makers at the show, 41 percent cited rogue employees as the biggest threat to their organization. An additional 31 percent of respondents reported malware exploits and targeted cyber-attacks as their top threats and 8 percent of respondents pointed to unauthorized software as most dangerous.

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Security basics provide the best foundations

In the era of next-gen technology, it’s the often-forgotten basics that provide the best foundations.

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Security vs UX – It doesn’t need to be a fight to the death

It’s often said that you can either have security or you can have usability, but you can’t have both. Before I worked for a security company I believed this accepted wisdom without question – security was going to be something frustrating and annoying that would get added to my design at some point.

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Your chair exists within a room

Lola Oyelayo was formerly Director of Strategy & User Experience at Head, and a few weeks ago I was lucky enough to see her excellent talk on Wicked Problems at NUX5. I was even luckier to have the opportunity to chat to her the evening before about how designers can tackle complex problems in digital projects.

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Keep on Running: Why UX is like the Olympic 100m

All around the world – across industries, technologies, and in organisations of every size — user experience has never been more prominent. There are more people working in the field, more resources dedicated to understanding humans and designing for them, and more focus on how products and services are making people feel.

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Customer service lessons from the meerkat

There are many aspects of customer service that are often portrayed as more complicated than they really are. This happens in all industries; sometimes for good reason, but regularly it occurs unnecessarily. 

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