The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report reviews the latest cyber resilience "call to action" from the White House and also explores authentication provider Okta's failure to inform hundreds of customers in a timely manner that their data could have been stolen by the Lapsus$ group.
The pandemic has raised the ante significantly for the attack surface and the level of insider threats facing healthcare sector entities, according to Dave Bailey, vice president of security services, and attorney Andrew Mahler, vice president of privacy and compliance, of consultancy CynergisTek.
We look at cybersecurity largely focused on the immediate future. But educator Gary Henderson says we need to look a little further ahead. He makes the case for educating teachers about cybersecurity so they can educate their students, who can then go on to use those best practices in their careers.
Hacking incidents still dominate the major health data breaches being reported to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the first months of 2022 by far, with only one other type of breach appearing on the federal tally so far this year. Are organizations missing other breaches?
A consolidated legal case that includes allegations of embezzlement, trade secret theft and intimidation offers an inside look at a complicated and messy alleged insider breach reported last year by a Texas-based accountable care organization.
Things are not always what they seem, says incident response expert Joseph Carson, pointing to a case involving ransomware that infected a company in Ukraine, but for which there was no external attack path. Ultimately, his investigation found that ransomware had been used to hide internal fraud.
In case anyone doubts that Russia is the epicenter of ransomware operations, follow the money, as Chainalysis finds that "roughly 74% of ransomware revenue in 2021 - over $400 million worth of cryptocurrency - went to strains we can say are highly likely to be affiliated with Russia in some way."
The arrest of a married New Yorker couple, charged with laundering bitcoins worth $3.6 billion that were stolen from a currency exchange in 2016, highlights the risk facing anyone who wants to launder large amounts of cryptocurrency and stay free long enough to enjoy their alleged rap career.
The CISO for a Dallas-based school district quit his job over the district's handling of a severe data breach that occurred in August 2021. A TV broadcaster has revealed that two students in the district were responsible even though the district claimed the intruder was a "third party."
The ransomware operation known as Alphv - aka BlackCat - appears to be a reboot of the DarkSide group, which rebranded as BlackMatter following serious encryption and victim-selection mistakes. Amid reports that Alphv has disrupted 17 oil terminals in Western Europe, how long until the next rebrand?
Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer alleges in a federal lawsuit that two former executives stole documents containing trade secrets about diabetes, obesity and cancer treatments under development by the drugmaker to benefit two new biotech startups they had launched.
Of the $5.6 billion obtained by the Department of Justice in civil settlements and judgements involving false claims and fraud against the U.S. government in 2021, more than $5 billion - or nearly 90% - involved healthcare sector entities. Why? Healthcare fraud, including false claims.