Examining the human factor in the age of cyber conflict and the new healthcare challenge concerning ransomware highlight this edition of the ISMG Security Report. Also, hackers target the Republican convention.
The 2016 RSA Conference Asia Pacific & Japan, to be held July 20-22 in Singapore, will offer a security road map, imparting lessons to practitioners to help them navigate through cybersecurity complexities. Here's a preview of some of the top session.
The GOP platform - adopted at the convention that nominated Donald Trump for president - doesn't mention the term 'hack back' but states: "We ... make clear that users have a self-defense right to deal with hackers as they see fit." Some cybersecurity experts claim the platform encourages "cowboy" justice.
FireEye has dealt with more disruptive data breaches over just the past year than it has since the company was founded 12 years ago. Charles Carmakal, vice president with the company's Mandiant forensics unit, shares tips for handling a breach.
The federal agency that enforces HIPAA has been very busy lately, taking numerous steps to reiterate the importance of safeguarding patient data and stressing the need to prepare a breach response plan. But the agency still needs to improve transparency on breaches involving business associates.
Oregon Health & Science University says it has been slapped with a $2.7 million fine after HHS investigated two data breaches that affected a total of about 7,000 individuals. It's the eighth HIPAA-related settlement announced by HHS so far this year.
Some healthcare entities may be more likely than organizations in other sectors to pay extortionists to unlock data that's been encrypted in ransomware attacks because patients' lives are potentially at risk if data is unavailable, says security expert Kate Borten, who discusses risk management issues.
As CSO and CTO of Arbor Networks, Sam Curry is in a rare position: He can set security strategy and then go out and find the tools to execute it. Where does the human factor enter the equation, and how must we re-think our traditional strategies?
"The Dark Overlord," a hacker who has been advertising batches of personal and medical records supposedly stolen from U.S. healthcare organizations, claims to have a new victim: a large developer of healthcare software.
There's often a dangerous trade-off made between convenience and security. That's illustrated no better than by a recent issue patched by Microsoft. It's an attack so devilishly smooth that it's a wonder hackers had not figured it out before.
The Chinese government likely was responsible for the hacking of computers at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in 2010, 2011 and 2013, according to a new congressional report. Also, a new audit from the FDIC inspector general criticizes the agency for continued lax information security practices.
How low will ransomware go? New malware - dubbed Ranscam - demands bitcoins to unlock files, but in reality they've already been deleted, researchers warn. As always when it comes to defending against ransomware, preparation pays.
The Obama administration has unveiled a federal cybersecurity workforce strategy that calls for identifying, recruiting, developing, retaining and expanding "the best, brightest and most diverse cybersecurity talent" for federal service. But are those goals realistic?
Most ransomware attacks result in a breach of protected health information that must be reported under HIPAA, according to newly released federal guidance for healthcare entities and business associates. But is the guidance clear enough?
Ransomware is devastating, and current security software doesn't do a great job of stopping it. But researchers say ransomware's behavior - quickly encrypting large volumes of files before users have time to react - could be the key to solving this epidemic.