Want to infect systems used by a large swath of cybersecurity professionals in one go? Then use a malicious decoy document to target potential attendees of a NATO and U.S. Army conference on "The Future of Cyber Conflict" being held in Washington.
Will all of the anonymously lobbed U.S. government allegations against Moscow-based security vendor Kaspersky Lab send anti-virus users running for the hills? Don't let it, one security expert says, noting that ditching AV would be a gift to cybercriminals and intelligence agencies alike.
Can U.S. law enforcement use a warrant to seize emails stored outside the U.S. by a cloud services provider? That's the question the Supreme Court has agreed to consider next year. Microsoft continues to fight an order to turn over emails stored in an Irish data center.
New York state's Department of Financial Services is enforcing minimum cybersecurity standards by which all banks and other financial services firms that it regulates must abide. Think of the new regulation "as a playbook or a guidepost," says cybersecurity attorney Paul Ferrillo.
Equifax ex-CEO Richard Smith asserts that a single employee's failure to heed a security alert led to the company failing to install a patch on a critical system, which was subsequently exploited by hackers. But his claim calls into question whether poor patch practices and management failures were the norm.
At the first of three Congressional hearings slated this week to examine the Equifax mega-breach, one Republican said of the company's delay in detecting the breach: "It's like the guards of Fort Knox forgot to lock the doors and failed to notice the thieves were emptying the vaults."
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report is devoted to a special report on how enterprises around the world should prepare for the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation, which starts being enforced in May.
Leading the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report: an interview with NIST's Ron Ross about revised guidance on how to get C-suite executives to help shape information risk management. Also, DHS, FBI leaders outline goals for protecting the U.S. election system.
New York state's financial regulator has reportedly subpoenaed Equifax - in the wake of it suffering a breach affecting 143 million U.S. consumers - seeking extensive documentation, including when and how the credit-reporting agency discovered the breach and responded.
It's the age of "open banking," and that means changes for banking institutions and their customers - as well as for the fraudsters. Shaked Vax of IBM Security Trusteer talks about new vulnerabilities and anti-fraud strategies.
Organizations that must comply with Europe's GDPR need to identify gaps in their ability to meet various requirements, including making prompt breach notifications and gaining consumers' consent to store their data, says Sunil Chand of Grant Thornton.
Freedom of Information requests sent to 430 U.K. local government councils by Barracuda Networks found that at least 27 percent of councils have suffered ransomware outbreaks. Thankfully, almost none have paid ransoms, and good backup practices appear widespread.
In North America, many organizations mistakenly believe the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation won't impact them, says Robert Mills of the Information Security Forum. "If they are multinational and holding EU data, it does apply to them," he points out.