Leading the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report: An interview with the head of a new cyber initiative to help political campaigns and local, state and federal election officials safeguard America's electoral process. Also, analyzing the evolving characteristics of the healthcare breach.
Security vendors are known to sprinkle hyperbole among their claims. But the strategy has backfired for DirectDefense, which mistakenly cast endpoint protection vendor Carbon Black as a contributor to the "world's largest pay-for-play data exfiltration botnet."
About half of today's cyberattacks are malware-free and don't involve having to write any files to disk, says Dan Larson of Crowdstrike. These attacks get around conventional defenses, such as firewalls and antivirus programs, so they require new defenses, he says.
The Department of Homeland Security has issued an alert warning about cyber vulnerabilities in certain Siemens medical imaging products running Windows 7 that could allow hackers to "remotely execute arbitrary code." How serious are the risks?
It's a red-faced moment for FireEye. The company says an investigation reveals that an attack against an analyst's personal online accounts was enabled by the employee's continued use of compromised login credentials.
Cybersecurity researcher Marcus Hutchins will plead not guilty in federal court to charges relating to creating and selling banking malware called Kronos. Some in the security community think the FBI may have confused legitimate research activities with criminal behavior.
Security expert Troy Hunt has released a massive data set of compromised passwords that's intended to help web services steer users away from picking those that have already been exposed in data breaches.
Britain's home secretary claims that "real people" don't really want unbreakable, end-to-end encryption - they just like cool features. Accordingly, she asks, why can't we just compromise and add backdoors, thus breaking crypto for everyone?
Hackers have struck Hollywood again, claiming HBO as their latest victim. So far, some unaired programming has been leaked online, as have details relating to a forthcoming "Game of Thrones" episode - but no actual episodes.
Penetration tests can reveal holes in an organization's security. But framing the scope of a penetration test can be challenging, and good results don't necessarily mean 100 percent security. says attorney Kay Lam-MacLeod.
When it comes to risk, attorney Mark Doepel sees what he describes as "high cyber awareness, but low cyber literacy" among senior business leaders. But as nations adopt new breach legislation, boards and C-suites need to develop a deeper, granular understanding of risk - and fast.
Health insurer Anthem Inc., still dealing with the aftermath of a 2015 cyberattack that impacted nearly 79 million individuals, now is coping with another - albeit smaller - breach incident. This one involves a business associate's former employee who's currently incarcerated.