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.
The alleged theft of mental health information on more than 28,000 patients in Texas, which went undetected for well over a year, is yet another reminder of the substantial risks that terminated employees can pose as well as the need to take extra steps to protect the most sensitive patient information.
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.
Denial of Service, web application layer attacks, credential abuse and IoT - these are the attack trends and vectors that will make headlines in 2018. Ryan Barnett of Akamai offers insight into how to prepare your defenses.
If you want to anticipate a prospective hacker's moves, then you'd better be able to think like one. That's the position of Terry Cutler, an ethical hacker who dedicates his time to testing organization's cybersecurity defenses - and their people.
A report on the SEC targeting a Canadian company for fraud, alleging it cheated investors by exploiting a so-called Initial Coin Offering crowdsourcing funding system, leads the ISMG Security Report. Also, an NSA analyst pleads guilty in a case involving storing classified data on his home PC.
As data breaches increase in scale and frequency, businesses must ensure an effective, swift and well-orchestrated response. To help them, ISMG on Wednesday and Thursday will host a Fraud and Breach Prevention Summit in Mumbai offering insights from 20 leading CISOs and many other experts.
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.
With roughly six months to go before the GDPR enforcement deadline, Petter Nordwall and Anthony Merry of Sophos says it's time for organizations to assess whether "They need to panic a little, or they need to panic a lot."
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.