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32 PCB007 MAGAZINE I AUGUST 2022 in 90 days. at's not going to happen. All you can do is just share the information to make planning better. In many areas there is a lack of understanding that this is necessary. A linked- up supply chain is something that you'll find the automotive guys have been talking about for decades. And they do it. ey really do try to link the supply chain up to pass informa- tion up and down the chain to reduce waste, because there's nothing worse than having warehouses full of goods that nobody wants. at is wasteful, but if you can tell what you actually need and when you need it, then you help the situation. Yes, that's probably all we can do right now and be prepared to cope with price instability. Matties: What I see happening is that going from good to bad will eventually make us great. Morgan: at's the kind of discussion that we're having, actually. e spirit of "build back bet- ter" is just that, isn't it? ings are going to get torn down, so when we build it all back again, we can make it great, rather than make it good. Matties: Yes. at was a good point to wrap up on. Alun. ank you so much, sir. It's always a pleasure speaking with you. Johnson: anks, Alun. Morgan: You too. anks, guys. PCB007 An international team of researchers has devel- oped a scanning tool to make websites less vulner- able to hacking and cyberattacks. The black box security assessment prototype, tested by engineers in Australia, Pakistan, and the UAE, is more effective than existing web scanners which collectively fail to detect the top 10 weak- nesses in web applications. UniSA mechanical and systems engineer Dr. Yousef Amer is one of the co-authors of a new inter- national paper that describes the development of the tool in the wake of escalating global cyberat- tacks. Cybercrime cost the world $6 trillion in 2021, reflecting a 300% hike in online criminal activity in the past two years. Remote working, cloud-based platforms, mal- ware, and phishing scams have led to skyrocket- ing data breaches, while the rollout of 5G and Inter- net of Things (IoT) devices has made us more con- nected, and vulnerable, than ever. Despite a projected $170 billion global outlay on internet security in 2022 against a backdrop of escalating and more severe cyberattacks, existing web scanners are falling way short when it comes to assessing vulnerabilities, according to Amer. "We have identified that most of the publicly avail- able scanners have weaknesses and are not doing the job they should," he says. Nearly 72% of organizations have suffered at least one serious security breach on their website, with vulnerabilities tripling since 2017. WhiteHat Security, a world leader in web appli- cation security, estimates that 86% of scanned web pages have on average 56% vulnerabilities. Among these, at least one is classified as critical. The researchers compared 11 publicly available web application scanners against the top 10 vulner- abilities. (Source: University of South Australia) Scanning Tool Could Make Websites Less Vulnerable to Hacking

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