Neutering the army of web-connected devices used in the large internet attack that hampered access to major sites - including Amazon, PayPal, Spotify and Twitter - is technically possible. But no option offers either a great or near-term fix.
A federal watchdog agency's reviews of Minnesota's state-operated Obamacare health insurance exchange and Colorado's Medicaid eligibility and claims processing systems reveal a variety of security weaknesses that are also common among healthcare providers.
As pressure to speed the development of applications intensifies, CISOs must be the "voice of reason," taking a leadership role in ensuring security issues are addressed early in app development process, says John Dickson, principal at Denim Group, a Texas-based security consultancy.
A developer warns that Dropbox gains wide-ranging access to Apple's OS X operating system using a SQL trick that some equate to hacking users' systems. Here's why giving a desktop app unusual access to Apple's privacy settings poses a security risk.
B. Vindell Washington, M.D., the new head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, pledges that the agency's top priority of advancing standards-based interoperable, secure health data exchange will continue under his leadership. But what will happen once a new president is elected?
All in the family: A "sophisticated attacker" alert from US-CERT, urging enterprises to lock down their networking gear, was triggered by the leak of exploit tools - targeting, in part, U.S.-built networking gear - that may have been tied to the NSA.
Microsoft has released a slew of security fixes to patch critical vulnerabilities, including in its IE and Edge browsers. One zero-day flaw, fixed via a Microsoft Office patch, has been exploited in the wild for more than two years.
Chipmaker Intel will spin out its Intel Security unit - once again named McAfee - with a value that's markedly lower than what it paid. Meanwhile, long-gone founder John McAfee is suing for the right to launch a new security company bearing his name.
The process of managing software vulnerabilities inside the enterprise is complicated by the sheer number of patches that must be assessed, applied, tested and rolled out, says Wolfgang Kandek of Qualys, who offers suggestions on how to better focus those efforts.
SWIFT screwed up. That's the takeaway from a new report into the Brussels-based cooperative, which alleges that the organization overlooked serious concerns relating to smaller banks' security and the risks they posed to the health of its entire network.