ISMG editors discuss: U.S. Sen. Angus King on the need for the federal government to form a clear, declarative cyber deterrence strategy, how CISA is ramping up efforts to support critical infrastructure defenses and the potential implications of the U.S. blacklisting of Israeli spyware firms.
The U.S. Department of Commerce has added four foreign companies to its Entity List for allegedly engaging in activities "contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the U.S." Two Israeli companies - NSO Group and Candiru - were cited for allegedly supplying spyware to foreign governments to...
Ransomware incidents are becoming a major cause of health data breaches affecting millions of individuals that have been reported so far in 2021, according to the latest additions to the federal tally. What else is topping the list?
CISA Director Jen Easterly and congressional leader John Katko, R-N.Y., agree that officials must take precautionary steps to identify "systemically important critical infrastructure" to reduce risks of pervasive supply chain cyberattacks.
How is the ransomware ecosystem set to evolve? Since some operations overreached - notably with DarkSide's hit on Colonial Pipeline - "what we're seeing … is that there is going to be a power balance shift," says McAfee's John Fokker, with more affiliates, not gang leaders, calling the shots.
The latest ISMG Security Report features the fallibility of ransomware gangs and why victims should always seek help from a reputable response firm, law enforcement or other qualified expert. Also featured: Data protection advice and why the remote work model might make securing data easier.
A ransomware attack on a medical practice management services firm that included the possible "removal" of files containing patient information is among the latest security incidents involving similar third-party vendors.
Singapore healthcare firm Fullerton Health confirms that a data breach in the server of its vendor partner Agape Connecting People was responsible for the leak of 400,000 user accounts. The incident marks the fourth major data breach incident involving third-party vendors in Singapore this year.
Will the notorious ransomware operation known as REvil, aka Sodinokibi, reboot yet again after someone apparently messed with its infrastructure? Experts suggest that the operation's brand is burned, and administrators will launch a new group. Many affiliates, meanwhile, already work with multiple groups.
Findings from CyberTheory's 2021 Third Quarter Review indicate that criminals are exploiting the open-source supply chain, and those exploits are proving much more difficult to identify, defend and stop in terms of complexity and depth than we've seen before, says CyberTheory's director, Steve King.
Attacks on software supply chains can be difficult to detect yet devastating if one has occurred. But organizations can take steps to limit the risk from their suppliers, says Vikram Asnani, senior director of solution architecture with CyberGRX.
The actor behind the cyberattack targeting SolarWinds customers - Nobelium - is continuing its campaign to target the global IT supply chain, according to a new advisory from Microsoft, which says 140 resellers and tech service providers have been notified that they have been targeted by the group.
Chronic disease management firm Omada Health has been changing its approach to cloud intrusion prevention and detection, which is reducing time spent on investigating false positives, says the company's information security leader, Bill Dougherty.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of whether businesses are stepping up their ransomware defenses in response to several warnings released by the U.S. and U.K. governments highlighting the threat posed to infrastructure. Also featured are the Thingiverse data breach and airline fraud...
In a busy congressional day for cybersecurity legislation, the U.S. House of Representatives passed several bills on Wednesday, targeting both software supply chain and telecommunication system security. One observer describes them as "a win-win for the government and U.S. citizens."