Hackers have been increasingly probing the North American power grid for weaknesses, but the industry - driven in part by regulators - is increasingly able to identify and repel attackers, industrial cybersecurity experts say.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report discusses "Orwellian" surveillance activity in 2020 via the ToTok app. Also featured: the controversy over enabling law enforcement to circumvent encryption; the cyberattack risks posed by IoT devices.
Is it possible that a nation-state actor such as Iran could create a cybersecurity incident that compromises the U.S. power grid? Bernie Cowens, most recently CISO at the nation's largest electric utility, says that's unlikely because the power grid is more cybersecure than you might think.
The security company Check Point has revealed several vulnerabilities in TikTok, the popular Chinese video app that has raised concerns lately from the U.S. military and lawmakers. The issues are fixed, and TikTok says it doesn't appear the issues were exploited for a breach.
Nearly 16,000 malware-infected MicroTik routers in Southeast Asia have been scrubbed of Coinhive cryptojacking code, which mines for monero, thanks to an international police operation. Globally, however, 26,000 MicroTik routers reportedly remain infected with the stealth monero-mining code.
Not even George Orwell could have predicted nation-state surveillance in the 21st century. Give us free instant messaging for our smartphones, and faster than you can say "viral kitten video," we're collectively part of a mass surveillance nightmare. Case in point: The ToTok social messaging app.
Adopting the policies in NIST 800-171 brings multiple security-related benefits, including best practices for data access policies, reduced risk of data breaches and insider threats, and a scalable approach to protecting sensitive data.
Protecting enterprise networks from attackers boils down to the same thing: Unless organizations get the basics right, they're sitting ducks. That's a top takeaway from experts warning that Iran will likely retaliate with cyberattacks after one of its senior military leaders was killed by a U.S. drone strike.
Following the U.S. killing of Iran's Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani last week, security experts have warned of possible retaliatory cyber strikes. Tom Kellermann of VMware believes those attacks are imminent. "The period of mourning is over, and I think the holy war in American cyberspace is yet to begin."
From past roles at the Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, Microsoft and Sony, Phil Reitinger has learned more than a thing or two about nation-states and cyber threats. In this exclusive interview, the head of the Global Cyber Alliance discusses how to respond to potential new threats from Iran.
Human error looks to be the obvious culprit in an accidental data breach by Britain's Cabinet Office, which published the home addresses of celebrities such as Elton John and Olivia Newton-John when it released a list of individuals set to be recognized for their contributions to British society.
The cybersecurity outlook for 2020 and the new decade will be characterized by more advanced, targeted and coordinated attack vectors designed to exploit the cybersecurity skills shortage, along with congenitally poor security fundamentals and hygiene.
Still stinging from efforts by foreign powers to influence the 2016 presidential election, the FBI is determined to keep the 2020 election tamper-free. Elvis Chan from the FBI's San Francisco office shares insights into the election defense strategy.