Nothing says "you really screwed up" like receiving the Pwnie Award for "Most Epic Fail" at the annual Black Hat conference. Hence it's no surprise that in the wake of its mega breach, the win goes to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
Just two weeks after an international, FBI-led operation disrupted the notorious hacking forum Darkode, leading to 70 arrests, a supposed site administrator has claimed the forum will reboot on the "dark Web." But security experts question those claims.
Put your personal feelings aside; what's dangerous about the AshleyMadison.com breach is that ideologists will now go beyond taking down an IT system and actually destroy a business. This evolution, says cybersecurity expert Carl Herberger, requires a new way to assess and mitigate risk.
The Ashley Madison dating website hack and threatened data release is a perfect illustration of the perils - and promise - of our Internet-connected, hacktivist age, whether it comes to online dating or the Internet of Things.
With so much stolen PII available to fraudsters, it's time for banks and others to move to more sophisticated forms of authentication of customers' identities. Knowledge-based authentication is no longer reliable.
Shed a tear for enthusiasts of aging Microsoft Windows operating systems. That's because Microsoft has now retired Windows Server 2003 support, as well as anti-virus scanner and signature updates for Windows XP. But breaking up can be hard to do.
As federal lawmakers return this week from their Independence Day recess, Congress picks up where it left off before the break: holding hearings on the Office of Personnel Management breach that exposed the personal records of millions of government workers.
President Obama proposes spending more money on cybersecurity, replacing government agencies' antiquated, unsecured systems. But what really needs to be done to thwart breaches, like the hack attack against the Office of Personnel Management?
EdgeWave's Mike Walls, a former bomber pilot who led Navy red teams, says penetration testing is useful in analyzing bits and bytes but not the readiness of operations under attack from cyberspace. Red teams, he says, can analyze the impact on operations.
After helping a hospital to pass an audit that assessed compliance with requirements of the HITECH Act "meaningful use" electronic health record incentive program, CISO Mitch Stewart offers this audit prep advice: Beef up your risk assessment.
In assessing risk, computer security has three characteristics: confidentiality, integrity and availability. But not all of those traits help systems designers assess privacy risks. So NIST is developing a privacy risk management framework.
Some healthcare associations are seeking more clarity from federal regulators about security and privacy requirements proposed for Stage 3 of the HITECH Act "meaningful use" incentive program for electronic health records. Find out their concerns.
With federal regulators moving closer to restarting the delayed HIPAA compliance audit program, now is the time for covered entities and business associates to prepare for potential scrutiny, says healthcare attorney Brad Rostolsky.
The United States Coast Guard faces challenges in protecting the private information found in medical records of its personnel and their families, a Department of Homeland Security inspector general report says.