Ethiopian dissidents living overseas had their devices infected with spyware made by an Israeli defense company, Canadian researchers allege. Their findings have revived longstanding concerns over some governments' potential abuse of powerful surveillance tools.
The HITRUST Cyber Threat Xchange played a role in making U.S. healthcare organizations aware of the worldwide WannaCry ransomware campaign early enough to help them thwart the threat, says HITRUST's Elie Nasrallah.
Two-factor authentication solutions face two problems: They are not widely adopted, and attackers find them far too easy to crack. What's the answer? New risk-based multifactor solutions, says Jim Wangler of SecureAuth.
Christiana Care Health System, which operates a network of hospitals, is working on several risk management priorities for 2018, including adopting the HITRUST framework, implementing appropriate controls for protecting against emerging threats and phasing in new security technologies, says Anahi Santiago, CISO.
In the latest blow to Kaspersky Lab, the U.K. government is warning that the Russian anti-virus vendor's software should not be used on computers that handle classified information. British bank Barclays has also ceased giving away Kaspersky's AV software to its customers.
The U.S. Senate confirmed Kirstjen Nielsen as secretary of homeland security on a 62 to 37 vote. She will lead a quarter-million employee organization that's charged to help secure the information technology of civilian federal agencies and the nation's critical infrastructure.
An international police operation has resulted in the disruption of the long-running Andromeda botnet and associated Gamarue crimeware toolkit. Andromeda has been used to distribute 80 types of malware, including backdoors, banking Trojans and ransomware, security experts say.
The U.K.'s privacy watchdog has launched a probe after some Members of Parliament admitted they share email passwords or leave workstations unlocked. The MPs were attempting to defend a colleague who's been accused of downloading and viewing pornography on his work PC.
Email, which is too easily spoofed, phished or taken over, remains a leading cybersecurity risk. But finally, after years of pushing, the Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance standard, or DMARC is helping to bolster email security, says Phil Reitinger, CEO of the Global Cyber Alliance.
New research shows that the automation of five key security controls is lacking at a majority of organizations, says Ted Gary of Tenable.
A key reason why: the lack of skilled cybersecurity professionals.
Improving network security requires understanding your environment and controlling it before implementing network segmentation, says Nathaniel Gleicher of Illumio, who explains lessons that can be learned from the Secret Service's approach.
An employee of the NSA's Tailored Access Operations group has pleaded guilty to mishandling classified information. The material ended up in the hands of Russia after he copied it to his home computer, which had Kaspersky Lab's anti-virus software installed.
Federal regulators are reminding healthcare entities and business associates of the serious security and privacy risks that terminated employees can pose and offering advice for mitigating those risks.