The Federal Trade Commission's latest cybersecurity-related enforcement action points to the need to carefully scrutinize the claims software companies make about the security functions of their products.
GovInfoSecurity announces its seventh annual list of top influencers - lawmakers, top government officials, practitioners and thought-leaders whose leadership has a substantial influence on government cybersecurity policy.
Reports on the Ukrainian energy supplier hack have left many crucial questions unanswered: Who was involved, did malware directly trigger a blackout and are other suppliers at risk from similar attacks? Cybersecurity experts offer potential answers.
What's it take to be a successful CISO? Mark Dill, former longtime information security director at the Cleveland Clinic, says it comes down to being patient, persistent and perceived as practical. He offers detailed career advice in this interview.
A modification to the HIPAA Privacy Rule designed to help identify those who are prohibited, for specific mental health reasons, from having a firearm will have little impact on most healthcare providers because it's so narrow in scope.
A power blackout that recently affected about 1.4 million Ukrainians has been tied to an espionage Trojan called BlackEnergy. The attack appears to be the first time that hackers have successfully used malware to help disrupt energy-generation systems.
Expect rebooted European Union data privacy rules to drive organizations worldwide to begin minimizing the amount of information they collect and store on individuals in 2016, both to protect privacy as well as minimize the impact of data breaches.
To minimize the risk of business email compromise schemes and similar types of fraud, senior executives at businesses should avoid posting information about their activities on social media and other accessible forums, says security expert Chuck Easttom.
Boards of directors that figure out how to leverage cybersecurity as a strategic asset will give their organizations a strong competitive advantage, says Lance Hayden of Berkeley Research Group. "Security needs to be part of what the organization uses to competitively differentiate itself."
In the coming months, the Department of Homeland Security will implement a new cyberthreat information sharing law designed to help prevent breaches. But will the Cybersecurity Act of 2015 really make a difference?
In the healthcare sector in 2016, hackers will continue to threaten systems and networks - and possibly medical devices - while federal and state regulators expand and refine their data security enforcement activities.
Improving breach detection and defenses involves much more than buying the latest technology, warns security expert Haroon Meer. "We keep moving on as we try to solve new, shiny problems, which we then half solve, but we still haven't completely solved problems that we knew about 20 years ago."