Cybercrime , Cybercrime as-a-service , Endpoint Security

The Best Gift for the Holidays? An Incident Response Plan

ISMG Editors' Panel: 'Tis The Season For Ransomware Attacks
Clockwise, from top left: Tony Morbin, Anna Delaney, Mathew Schwartz and Tom Field

In the latest weekly update, four editors at Information Security Media Group discuss important cybersecurity issues, including why security teams are still unprepared for intrusions that get launched over weekends and holidays. Experts say that's when online attackers remain most likely to strike.

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The editors - Tony Morbin, executive news editor, EU; Anna Delaney, director, productions; Mathew Schwartz, executive editor, DataBreachToday & Europe; and Tony Morbin, executive news editor, EU - discuss:

  • Highlights from a discussion with CSO Sam Curry of Cybereason, who shares findings from a survey of 1,200 global cybersecurity professionals at organizations that fell victim from a ransomware attack, which reveals that nearly one-quarter of them still have no incident response contingency plans for weekends and holidays;
  • A joint warning from the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and the FBI that attackers are more likely to strike outside business house, and especially during holidays, which urges companies to hone their incident response plans accordingly;
  • Apple's lawsuit against Israeli spyware vendor NSO Group, which was recently blacklisted by the U.S. government for acting "contrary to the foreign policy and national security interests of the U.S."

The ISMG Editors' Panel runs weekly. Don't miss our previous installments, including the Nov. 12 edition discussing whether "work from anywhere" is sustainable in the long term and the Nov. 19 edition discussing Cyberspace Solarium Commission updates.

About the Author

Anna Delaney

Anna Delaney

Director, ISMG Productions

An experienced broadcast journalist, Delaney conducts interviews with senior cybersecurity leaders around the world. Previously, she was editor-in-chief of the website for The European Information Security Summit, or TEISS. Earlier, she worked at Levant TV and Resonance FM and served as a researcher at the BBC and ITV in their documentary and factual TV departments.

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