The U.S. Department of Homeland Security says nearly 250,000 federal employees' personal details were exposed in a 2014 breach of its Office of Inspector General's case management system. Witness testimony and an unknown number of nonemployees' personal details also were exposed.
An analysis of how unprepared businesses are to fight back against the continued problem of ransomware is featured in the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report. Also featured: outlooks for health data breaches and other cybersecurity trends in 2018.
Microprocessor makers Intel, ARM and AMD, as well as operating system and software developers and makers of smartphones and other devices, are rushing to prep, test and ship fixes for the serious CPU flaws exploitable via Meltdown and Spectre attacks.
"Replace CPU hardware" might be the only full solution listed by CERT/CC for serious flaws in microprocessors that run millions of PCs, cloud services, servers, smartphones and other devices. Thankfully, many security experts believe patches and workarounds will mostly suffice.
CISOs need to precisely tailor their risk management strategies to protect the specific high-value assets of their organization; a broad-brushed approach will never work, says UK-based Kelly Bissell, managing director and global lead, Accenture Security.
Apparel retailer Forever 21 says point-of-sale systems in some stores were infected by malware for up to seven months, leading to the theft of customers' payment card data. The retailer says deactivated encryption technology on some POS devices exacerbated the severity of its breach.
Information security truisms: 2017 was the year of more cybersecurity - more attacks, more spending, more defenses, more breaches - and 2018 will see more of everything "cyber," plus GDPR enforcement, proxy wars online and more.
This episode of the ISMG Security Report is devoted to producer/host Eric Chabrow's recollection of the evolution of cybersecurity news and analysis during his nine years at Information Security Media Group. Chabrow is retiring after 45 years in journalism.
As the healthcare sector implements a variety of new applications and increasingly moves to the cloud, it has a fresh opportunity to address security, says Daniel Bowden, CISO at Sentara Healthcare, who discusses best practices.
From worsening ransomware attacks to deepened concerns about external digital risk, former AT&T CISO Ed Amoroso says 2018 will be a challenging year, and security teams need to be building out their resiliency plans to prepare for what's ahead.
Simulated attacks by an information security testing firm have found that fresh WannaCry, NotPetya and EternalRocks would still rip through many an enterprise network. Here's how organizations must respond.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is planning to update its 6-year-old cybersecurity guidance for how publicly traded firms report data breaches to investors. Experts expect the refined guidance to cover insider trading program rules, breach notifications and business models.
Internet of things security alert: An attacker has been attempting to infect hundreds of thousands of Huawei home routers with a variant of the notorious Mirai malware called Satori, security researchers warn. Huawei has confirmed the flaw and issued patches and workarounds for affected users.
Nissan Canada Finance, which provides financing for Nissan and Infiniti vehicle buyers and leasers, is warning 1.13 million current and former customers that their personal information may have been stolen.
New York-Presbyterian has more than 72,000 medical devices from over 1,400 manufacturers, says CISO Jennings Aske. Given that scale, how can a security leader help ensure device cybersecurity? Aske shares his view of what's needed from manufacturers and the government.