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In this report

Technological advances, rising global tensions and human failings are making it ever more vital to improve cyber security

Fighting an invisible enemy

US President Barack Obama signs an executive order promoting private sector cybersecurity information sharing after speaking at the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California on February 13, 2015
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President Barack Obama has ratcheted up the rhetoric, but how can we tackle threats?

Rise in tensions drives cyber warfare danger

Conflicts are increasingly played out in the virtual world

Dan Geer of In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s venture capital arm

Calls to make designers liable for weaknesses

Should software companies be more accountable?

Former spooks emerge from the shadows

‘Accelerators’ helping to take experts’ ideas to market

Finding fault becomes a lucrative business

Tech companies pay out to those who spot bugs

Edward Snowden, a former US National Security Agency contractor

The growing insider threat to data security

Edward Snowden’s NSA leaks have increased awareness

satellite hovering over Earth
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Global satellite industry must invest in safety

Comment: Why even outer space is not safe from attack

The battle to beat password security threats

Technology advances - but people are often the problem

Kris Lovejoy, IBM chief information security officer

Organisations face fights on many fronts

IBM security chief’s ‘biological warfare’ comparison at Tel Aviv conference

A worker demonstrates Apple Pay inside a mobile kiosk sponsored by Visa and Wells Fargo to demonstrate the new Apple Pay mobile payment system on October 20, 2014 in San Francisco City
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How secure are new payment technologies?

Latest developments increase safety — but can also pose risks