Many of the devices that go into so-called smart cities and buildings are not built to be secure, making it difficult for security operations centers to manage risk, warns Sarb Sembhi, CTO and CISO of Virtually Informed, who describes what needs to change.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features Kevin McDonald of the Mayo Clinic discussing how to secure connected medical devices. Plus, updates on the indictments of Chinese agents for hacking and the unveiling of the Financial Services Sector Cybersecurity Profile.
An advisory council is again urging the Department of Health and Human Services to allow certain donations of cybersecurity technology and services to smaller healthcare providers. Greg Garcia of the council, who will keynote ISMG's upcoming Healthcare Security Summit in New York, explains why.
Kevin McDonald, director of clinical information security at Mayo Clinic, spells out several steps for helping to ensure the security of medical devices, stressing there's no "silver bullet" that can do the job. He'll be a speaker at ISMG's Healthcare Security Summit, to be held Nov. 13-14 in New York.
A new "playbook" co-developed by the Food and Drug Administration and Mitre Corp. aims to assist healthcare delivery organizations in responding to cybersecurity incidents involving medical devices. Julie Connolly, who helped develop the guide, explains how to use it.
Two years after Mirai botnets first appeared, security researchers say telnet-targeting botnets are attempting to compromise internet of things devices by pummeling them with 1,065 different username/password combinations. Some of these attacks are designed to install Linux DDoS malware.
Before marketing their medical devices, manufacturers should prepare a "cybersecurity bill of materials" that lists components that could be susceptible to vulnerabilities, according to a draft of updated FDA premarket guidance.
Cryptojackers and eavesdroppers are continuing to exploit a one-time zero-day flaw in unpatched MikroTik routers, despite a patch that's been available for six months as well as the actions of a vigilante "gray hat" hacker who's forcibly "fixed" 100,000 vulnerable routers.
With at least 20 billion new consumer devices set to be internet-connected by 2020, initiatives in the U.K. and California are trying to ensure that as many IoT devices as possible will be out-of-the-box secure, for starters by not shipping with default passwords.
Millions of internet-of-things devices made by the Chinese company Xiongmai and sold in stores such as Home Depot and Wal-Mart still have glaring security problems, a security consultancy warns. The findings come two years after the Mirai botnet targeted Xiongmai devices.
As new payment options continue to emerge via mobile phones and internet of things devices, the PCI Security Standards Council is broadening its security efforts, starting with a new standard for contactless payments coming early next year, says Troy Leach, PCI SSC's chief technology officer.
In its ongoing quest to improve the state of medical device cybersecurity, the FDA has announced a number of key moves - including the release of a security "playbook," plans to leverage information sharing and analysis organizations and an effort to update its 2014 premarket guidance for manufacturers.
The Food and Drug Administration plans to launch a new digital health "center of excellence" that includes a cybersecurity unit. The new unit would not only deal with cyber issues pertaining to new health technologies, but also challenges facing older medical devices.
IoT devices are increasingly becoming a way to pay for goods and services, shifting the "internet of things" to the "internet of transactions." Gord Jamieson of Visa Canada discusses steps the card network is taking to ensure these payments are secure.
The internet of things promises to change how enterprises operate - as well as the cybersecurity risks they will face. Robert Falzon of Check Point Software Technologies outlines IoT risks and how to prepare to mitigate them.