A 2015 incident involving unauthorized access to a database that healthcare professionals use to check insurance eligibility of patients appears to have resulted in a breach affecting 220,000 individuals, according to just-released details.
In his eight years in the White House, former President Barack Obama made cybersecurity a priority. But will his legacy be his administration's various IT security initiatives or the damaging breaches that occurred during his tenure? That's the lead story in the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report.
The number of reported U.S. data breaches hit an all-time high in 2016, according to Identity Theft Resource Center. But for half of all breaches, the number of exposed records isn't known. And what about all of the breaches that just haven't come to light?
In its second HIPAA enforcement action for 2017, HHS has slapped an insurer with a $2.2 million settlement in the wake of a relatively small breach, citing the company's lack of timely corrective action.
A small Indiana charity that provides support services to cancer patients is the latest apparent victim of a hacker identified as "TheDarkOverlord," an extortionist who has been tormenting the healthcare sector since last summer. But the organization is refusing to pay a ransom to retrieve lost data.
Companies involved in mergers and acquisitions are increasingly targeted with cyberattacks that could potentially derail the deals, says Bryce Boland of FireEye, who outlines the risks and offers tips for mitigating them.
In a reminder that healthcare organizations continue to be targeted by more than just crypto-locking extortionists, a cyberattack against an NHS trust didn't involve ransomware - as some initial reports suggested - but rather a never-before-seen Trojan.
Encrypted web communication routinely bypasses enterprise security controls. Left unscanned, these channels are perfect vehicles for hiding infection, command & control, and data exfiltration.
The malicious use of encryption is growing at an alarming rate, from 104 in 2014, to 13,542 as of mid-2016, according to...
Encryption keeps data confidential, but we're left unprotected from threats that may be embedded in the data. In fact, encryption actually conceals these threats and adds network performance burdens for organizations that wish to inspect encrypted traffic.
The first in a series on encryption, this technical brief...
Breach detection systems (BDS) are security products that offer timely detection of threats. When evaluating these products, customers must take into account traditional factors, such as security effectiveness, deployment options, performance and administrative capabilities.
Since cybercriminals prize new threats...
Replacing traditional antivirus (AV) with advanced endpoint protection (AEP) products may not be the best decision for every organization. If you do decide to switch, determining which AEP product is the best fit can be challenging as claims of capabilities and value differ between products.
This guide provides...
Advanced endpoint protection (AEP) products are still relatively immature, which makes it difficult to decide whether to replace or augment existing endpoint protection (EPP). Adding to the difficulty in assessing AEP products is the fact that measuring some of their features can be complicated.
AEP products are...
England's largest health trust has been hit by a suspected cyberattack that led to IT administrators taking many systems offline at four hospitals in London while the matter gets investigated. The trust says it has not yet determined whether the disruption was malicious, but it has ruled out ransomware.
Examining the causes of a cyberattack that blacked out Ukraine's power system leads the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report. Also, a report on the Anthem breach and commentary on President-elect Donald Trump's characterization of cybersecurity.
In 2016, organizations experienced the greatest number of data breaches. A checkbox approach to security does little to help ensure protected data remains secure. Organizations must create a practical action plan to accomplish many goals, such as ensuring endpoints are secure, minimizing the risk of breaches, and...