The Australian Parliament's computer network was compromised in January after politicians browsed a legitimate website that was compromised. The watering-hole style attack resulted in a small amount of non-sensitive data being revealed, according to the leader of the Senate.
Senator Mark Warner, D-Va., is scrutinizing the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights' response to the recent discovery by German researchers of millions of patients' medical image files being exposed on the internet - including by a U.S. company.
Organizations should develop a comprehensive strategy for managing third-party security risks and avoid over-reliance on any one tool, such as vendor security risk assessment, monitoring or ratings services, says analyst Jie Zhang of Gartner.
Federal regulators have slapped two more organizations with hefty HIPAA enforcement fines. They also announced increases to future HIPAA civil monetary penalties to adjust for inflation - a move some observers say could create confusion and uncertainty, given an earlier announcement about cutting penalties.
Many HIPAA enforcement actions taken by federal regulators have chastised organizations for their poor security risk assessments. In light of this ongoing challenge, HHS has released an updated version of its security risk assessment tool, which includes improved asset and vendor risk management features.
Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., is demanding that the U.S. Government Accountability Office review how the Department of Homeland Security shares personal data with contractors following several recent security incidents in which such information was exposed.
The National Cyber Security Center, the U.K.'s national computer emergency response team, investigated 658 serious cybersecurity incidents in a 12-month period and supported nearly 900 victim organizations - most of whom learned they had fallen victim after being alerted by the center.
Inadequately protected shared network storage devices at a Department of Veterans Affairs regional office left veterans' personal and health information vulnerable to ID theft, fraud and other compromises, according to a new report. Security experts say this kind of security lapse is common in other sectors.
The State Department's years-long review of former Secretary Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server found that although 38 current or former department officials violated government security policies, there was no "persuasive evidence of systemic, deliberate mishandling of classified information."
As the supply chain in the healthcare sector becomes increasingly complex, so do the cybersecurity risks and threats. New guidance aims to help healthcare organizations better address these challenges, says Darren Vianueva, who co-chaired an industry task force that developed the guidance.
Robotic process automation aims to use machine learning to create bots that automate high-volume, repeatable tasks. But as organizations tap RPA, they must ensure they take steps to maintain data security, says Deloitte's Ashish Sharma.
Cybersecurity vendor Imperva's breach post-mortem should serve as a warning to all those using cloud services: One mistake can turn into a calamity. The company accidently left an AWS API key exposed to the internet; the key was then stolen and used to steal a sensitive customer database.
Nation-state attackers from outside the European Union pose the greatest threat to the continent's upcoming 5G networks, according to a new security assessment, which sidesteps the issue of Chinese firm Huawei's role in building these networks.
Federal regulators are proposing a "safe harbor" that would permit hospitals to donate certain cybersecurity software and services to physicians. The move would modify the so-called Stark Law and federal anti-kickback regulations.
Rather than focusing solely on rankings offered by the common vulnerability scoring system, or CVSS, when setting priorities for risk mitigation, organizations need to size up the specific potential risks that vulnerabilities pose to their critical assets, according to a new report from RiskSense.