Healthcare entities and other organizations frequently skimp on application security, which is a critical area, and this often results in data breaches, security incidents and other mishaps, says former Blue Cross of Idaho CISO Sandy Dunn, who is now CIO and CISO of security firm BreachQuest.
An Alabama clinic and an Indiana-based orthopedic practice have each reported hacking incidents discovered last fall that affected the information of more than 310,000 individuals in total. Both entities list various measures they are taking to bolster security in the wake of those incidents.
In an excerpt from his book "CRISC Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control All-In-One Exam Guide," Peter Gregory discusses choosing the fifth option in risk management, which is ignoring the risk. He warns of the problems that choice can cause.
President Joe Biden is expected to outline a whole-of-government approach to reining in cryptocurrencies, which have been criticized for lax cybersecurity measures. Media reports say the administration will announce an executive order on crypto this week, to align the U.S. with global allies.
Federal authorities are warning about seven vulnerabilities affecting a software agent used to remotely manage an array of medical devices and other connected gear. If exploited, the vulnerabilities could enable hackers to gain full control of the affected devices or alter their configurations.
Ransomware groups continue to target critical infrastructure sectors internationally. An FBI alert says that ransomware group RagnarLocker has targeted 52 entities across 10 critical infrastructure sectors, while Romania's premier petrol supplier, Rompetrol, has reportedly been hit by Hive.
Double-extortion ransomware. Supply chain attacks. Weaponized zero-days. It's an advanced threat landscape, and it requires advanced defenses. Taylor Ettema of Palo Alto Networks outlines the key capabilities today's security solutions require to step up against the adversaries' ongoing innovation.
As Western cybersecurity officials warn that Russia's Ukraine invasion poses an elevated cybersecurity risk to all, kudos to Cloudflare, CrowdStrike and Ping Identity for offering free endpoint security and other defenses to the healthcare sector and power sectors, for at least four months.
U.S. and NATO officials are increasingly looking to sharpen sanctions and rhetoric against Russia, and cybersecurity is a pivotal part of the discussion. The Biden administration is now requesting $10 billion in emergency funds to address Russia's campaign, with sizeable pots for cybersecurity.
As Russia's ground invasion and air assault against Ukraine continues, so too do online attacks being launched against Ukrainian targets. A Ukrainian cybersecurity official says his country is fighting the first-ever "hybrid war" that bridges both the physical and online realms.
A newly revealed flaw in the Linux kernel dubbed "Dirty Pipe" could potentially allow attackers to take complete control over a device, read private messages and gain admin-level privileges. The Linux Foundation has patched the flaw.
Four ISMG editors discuss the accelerating invasion of Ukraine by Russia and its potential impact on the cybersecurity industry; whether hacktivists are the new resistance fighters and the dangers that might trigger; and how a data leak may help researchers track and fight the Conti ransomware gang.
Guidance from the Healthcare Sector Coordinating Council provides healthcare delivery organizations and vendors with recommendations for including cybersecurity in contracts pertaining to the procurement of medical device products and related services.
U.S. officials say that while it would be nearly impossible for Russia to "flip the switch" and convert to cryptocurrency to stabilize its sanctioned economy, they caution that Russian elites and entities may yet try to skirt the measures by transferring and obfuscating funds across the blockchain.
Russia's National Coordination Center for Computer Incidents has published a list of 17,576 IP addresses and 166 domains that it says are targeting the country's information resources via distributed denial-of-service attacks. It also published a 20-point list of remediation measures.