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.
In the wake of the controversy over Hillary Clinton's use of private email servers, President Obama voices his concerns about the state of federal government IT security in this edition of the ISMG Security Report.
Omni Hotels & Resorts is warning customers that for six months, hackers infiltrated its networks and used point-of-sale malware to steal payment card data. One security expert says more than 50,000 stolen cards have been sold by a hacker called JokerStash.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is in the midst of an IT transformation that spotlights security efforts ranging from enforcing the use of two-factor authentication to reducing privileged access accounts, says a new mid-year report.
The federal tally of major health data breaches shows that to-date in 2016, there have been more reported hacker incidents than during the first half of 2015. However, so far this year, those hacks appear to be affecting fewer individuals.
Security vendors are issuing warnings about two new types of dangerous Mac malware - Eleanor and Keydnap - which serve as a reminder that it's not just Windows users coming under fire from malicious software developers and tricksters.
Forget the 2015 mega-breach, an ongoing FTC probe or multiple class-action lawsuits: A new leadership team wants to reboot infidelity-focused online dating website Ashley Madison, promising that this time they'll get security and privacy right.
Endpoint protection vendors compete fiercely for customers, and allegations of impropriety are common among rivals. The latest battle pits Sophos against Cylance. Whose version of the story is the truth?
Members of Congress have sent a letter to federal regulators saying that because ransomware attacks are "different" from other breaches in the healthcare sector, there's a need for new recommendations in upcoming government guidance.
In the first HIPAA enforcement action against a business associate, federal regulators have smacked a nonprofit organization with a $650,000 penalty following an investigation into a 2014 security incident affecting just 412 patients.
The Dark Overlord selling stolen healthcare databases for bitcoins leads the ISMG Security Report. Also hear about banks' move toward real-time transaction fraud controls and a bipartisan attempt in Congress to tackle the ongoing crypto and "going dark" debates.
Breach fallout continues to mount in the aftermath of a cyberattack on cloud-based electronic health records vendor Bizmatics, which apparently affected hundreds of thousands of patients. The saga highlights important security lessons for covered entities when it comes to dealing with business associates.
The MySpace and LinkedIn data dumps have been made available by a security researcher on his website, which is perhaps the most easily accessible source for obtaining it. But does it put people at greater risk?