Finding the right balance between risk and resilience is a challenge for every cybersecurity project - especially in the aerospace, space and defense sectors - and that's why such efforts must be driven by CISOs and CIOs, says Leonardo's Nik Beecher.
Hackers have repeatedly stolen valuable data - including launch codes and flight trajectories for spacecraft - from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in recent years, according to a new inspector general audit, which describes weak security practices.
The early days of email attacks - so much noise in the form of malware, spam and links - have given way to attacks that often rely on little more than words, and email gateways often struggle to arrest social engineering ploys, says Michael Flouton of Barracuda Networks.
Bad news for anyone who might have hoped that the data breach problem was getting better. "Anecdotally, it just feels like we're seeing a massive increase recently," says Troy Hunt, the creator of the free "Have I Been Pwned?" breach-notification service. Unfortunately, he says, the problem is likely to worsen.
Bug bounty myths: All such programs must be public, run nonstop, pay cash to bug-spotters and allow anyone to join. But HackerOne's Laurie Mercer says such programs often run as private, invitation-only and time-limited endeavors, sometimes offering only swag or public recognition.
Organizations are increasingly relying on threat intelligence to help them better identify malicious behavior before it hits the network - or users encounter it - including using domain name system analysis to track emerging campaigns, says Corin Imai of DomainTools
Defending organizations against attackers is more challenging than ever. "The complexity and sophistication of the threats has increased," says Cisco's Mark Weir. "What we're seeing a lot of at the moment as well is intellectual property theft."
Data in non-production environments represents a significant percentage of total enterprise data volume. Non-production environments also carry more risk than production environments because there are more direct users, says Ilker Taskaya of Delphix, who discusses how organizations can reduce that risk.
Medical device vendor Becton Dickinson and U.S. federal regulators have issued security alerts about vulnerabilities that potentially put certain infusion pump products from the manufacturer at risk for remote hacker attacks.
Data breaches, incident response and complying with the burgeoning number of regulations that have an information security impact were among the top themes at this year's Infosecurity Europe conference in London. Here are 10 of the top takeaways from the conference's keynote sessions.
Carelessness, a lack of security awareness, unclear data ownership and poor toolsets are root causes of insider breaches, says Tony Pepper, CEO of Egress, which recently surveyed CISOs and employees to trace the cause of insider breaches resulting from both intentional and unintentional loss.
Crowdsourced bug bounty programs help organizations identify severe vulnerabilities in their apps and infrastructure. But that gamification model has been evolving to supply not only penetration testing but also deep dives by single researchers, says Bugcrowd CSO David Baker.
A Google security researcher has disclosed what he calls an unpatched bug in the main cryptographic library used in newer versions of the Windows operating system that he claims could affect an entire fleet of Windows-based devices.