The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report analyzes the rising costs of ransomware attacks and the latest victims. Also featured: An assessment of Australia's new contact-tracing app designed to help battle the spread of COVID-19, and a discussion of applying the "zero trust" model to the remote workforce.
With more employees working remotely and a much heavier demand for telehealth services, entities need to consider extra, accelerated steps in keeping data and systems secure, says Martin Littmann, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic CISO, and Stephen Moore, a former security leader at Anthem.
In trying economic times, it's more important than ever to be able to measure and communicate the effectiveness of one's cybersecurity program. Colin O'Connor, COO of ReliaQuest, offers a new alternative to traditional metrics.
As Google and Apple prepare to offer a jointly developed infrastructure for contact-tracing smartphone apps to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a privacy advocacy group, is raising concerns about the risks involved.
A shareholder has filed a lawsuit against LabCorp and 12 of its executives and directors - including the medical testing company's CIO - over two data breaches, including the 2019 breach of one of its vendors, American Medical Collection Agency, which affected millions of patients.
The average ransom paid by victims to ransomware attackers reached $111,605 in the first quarter of this year, up 33% from the previous quarter, reports ransomware incident response firm Coveware, which sees the Sodinokibi, Ryuk and Phobos malware families continuing to dominate.
The number of brute-force attacks targeting RDP connections has spiked since the COVID-19 pandemic forced employees all over the world to work at home, according to an analysis from security firm. These types of attacks can lead to malware infections, cyber espionage and other threats.
A federal court recently granted final approval for an $8.9 million settlement of a class action lawsuit against Banner Health stemming from a 2016 data breach. The settlement spells out steps the Phoenix-based organization must take to improve information security.
Many attackers continue to camp out in networks for months, conducting reconnaissance and stealing sensitive data before unleashing ransomware. Experts say many recent efforts trace to gangs wielding the RobbinHood, Valet Loader, NetWalker, PonyFinal, Maze and Sodinokibi strains of crypto-locking malware.
Before COVID-19, the privacy discussion this year was mainly about the California Consumer Privacy Act. Now it's about healthcare data sharing, contact tracing and monitoring remote workers. Omer Tene of the IAPP discusses the pandemic's influence on global privacy concerns.
What should an enterprise do when someone reaches out and claims to have the company's data or information about a breach? Although it can be a delicate situation to manage, there are sound approaches enterprises can take, says data breach expert Troy Hunt.
The gang behind Black Rose Lucy malware, which targets Android users, has added ransomware capabilities, according to Check Point Research. The malware, which dates back to 2018, originally was designed as a malware-as-a-service botnet and dropper for other malicious code.
Over the past five years, a sophisticated spyware campaign has been targeting Android users through Trojan-laced apps in the Google Play store that are disguised as various plugins, browser cleaners and application updaters, according to Kaspersky researchers.