Japan has been scanning its entire IPv4 address space to find insecure home routers, web cameras and sensors. The results are encouraging, and the country's program could serve as a model for other nations aiming to avoid large-scale IoT security problems.
IoT devices can be made cheaply and quickly. But as a result, they may lack adequate security features. The Atlantic Council is proposing regulations that would require technology retailers to sell devices that meet security standards, which would, in turn, put pressure on IoT component makers.
Canadian information privacy regulators have ordered medical testing laboratory LifeLabs to improve its data security practices following their investigation of a 2019 breach that exposed the health data of 15 million individuals.
This edition of the ISMG Security Report analyzes whether IoT devices will outlive their security updates. Also featured: Why security spending needs to shift further upstream; could banks be custodians of identity?
Troy Leach of the PCI Security Standards Council discusses how the shift to card-not-present transactions during the COVID-19 pandemic has created new fraud-fighting challenges and offers an update on pending standards revisions.
A massive DDoS attack generating 809 million packets per second was recently directed against a large European bank, according to the security firm Akamai, which describes in a new report the unusual approach the attackers took.
A lawsuit filed against a small Georgia hospital by four of its nurses who allege the facility "schemed to manufacture false negative COVID-19 test results" for several patients who previously tested positive is shining a light on delicate issues involving whistleblowers and the privacy of patient records.
It's a good time to be a CISO. You have the board's attention, and now you can use your position to ensure appropriate resources to tackle key challenges such as identity & access, cloud application security and third-party risk. Expel CISO Bruce Potter discusses how best to influence these decisions.
Greg van der Gaast, head of information security at the University of Salford in the United Kingdom, has strong opinions on why some security investments aren't reaping maximum benefits. "We are addressing problems too far downstream," he says.
The Evil Corp cybercrime group, originally known for the Dridex banking Trojan, is now using new ransomware called WastedLocker, demanding ransom payments of $500,000 to $1 million, according to security researchers at NCC Group's Fox-IT.
Many ransomware gangs hell-bent on seeing a criminal payday have now added data exfiltration to their shakedown arsenal. Gangs' extortion play: Pay us, or we'll dump stolen data. One massive takeaway is that increasingly, ransomware outbreaks also are data breaches, thus triggering breach notification rules.
Federal agencies will add a layer of security to their websites that use the top-level domain .gov. All the sites eventually will use the HSTS protocol, which ensures that a user's connection to a website is encrypted and can protect against man-in-the middle attacks and cookie hijacking.