Security experts and law enforcement officials have long argued that paying ransoms doesn't pay. For starters, it directly funds the cybercrime ecosystem and makes it attractive for criminals to keep launching ransomware attacks.
For many organizations, digital transformation arrived over a weekend in March. Now they look ahead and wonder "what next?" re: authentication, privacy and third-party risk. In a webinar preview, RSA CTO Zulfikar Ramzan shares his vision of cybersecurity in 2021.
Phishing scams continue to be a leading cause of health data breaches so far this year. But the theft of unencrypted laptops led to the biggest breach reported in 2020, and an insider breach involving a physician exposed data on thousands of patients.
The Federal Trade Commission is assessing whether to make changes to a seldom-used, decade-old health data breach notification rule for certain technology vendors that do not fall under the umbrella of HIPAA.
After offering three large databases of compromised user data for sale on the darknet last week, a hacking group known as Shiny Hunters now is trying to sell four additional databases of information apparently gathered from data breaches, security researchers say.
Zoom has reached a settlement with the New York state attorney general's office to provide better security and privacy controls for its videoconferencing platform. Meanwhile, the company announced it's acquiring a start-up encryption company.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report analyzes the many challenges involved in developing and implementing contact-tracing apps to help in the battle against COVID-19. Also featured: A discussion of emerging privacy issues and a report on why account takeover fraud losses are growing.
The COVID-19 crisis is presenting an array of new privacy and security challenges for healthcare providers adapting to protecting patient's medical information in new care settings, says privacy attorney Deven McGraw.
Federal regulators are alerting healthcare organizations about an array of coronavirus-themed cyberthreats. Plus, they're advising them to avoid potential HIPAA privacy violations involving unauthorized disclosures of patient information to news outlets during the COVID-19 crisis.
Despite the need to battle COVID-19, several nations' in-development digital contact-tracing apps are already dogged by security and privacy concerns. Whether enough users will ever trust these apps to make them effective remains a major question. Is it too late to get more projects back on track?
Google and Apple on Monday released privacy and security guidelines for their jointly developed contact-tracing infrastructure. The companies note that apps developed using their APIs can only be developed by or for public health authorities - and solely to collect information to trace COVID-19 infections.
Technology is no panacea, including for combating COVID-19. While that might sound obvious, it's worth repeating because some governments continue to hype contact-tracing apps. Such apps won't magically identify every potential exposure. But they could make manual contact-tracing programs more effective.
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.
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.