The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of the state of the Biden administration's efforts to disrupt ransomware attackers, as well as how a newly patched Apple iMessage flaw was being targeted by Pegasus spyware to effect zero-click exploits.
Regarding the recent tactical innovation by the Grief ransomware gang that is threatening to wipe a victim's data and decryption key if the victim engages a ransom negotiator, analysts are calling this a desperate ploy to scare a target into paying the ransom demand.
A pair of House committees this week said they want to spend additional millions on cybersecurity by injecting funds into CISA and the FTC, as part of the debate over the Biden administration's $3.5 trillion budget proposal for 2022. Part of the money would help fulfill Biden's executive order.
The need to act fast and respond to risks and threats has never been greater. On average it takes 73 days to contain a breach, and the average total cost is $3.92 million. Since 2020, security got a whole lot harder. Cybercriminals ramped up activity, eager to capitalize on confusion and profit from the pandemic....
"There are so many basics we need to get right," says Daniel Dresner, professor of cyber security at Manchester University. In this interview, he discusses the cybersecurity practices that he recommends to make the task of securing small- to medium-sized enterprises less overwhelming.
Federal regulators are alerting healthcare and public health sector entities of the "elevated threat" for potential ransomware attacks by BlackMatter, despite the gang's purported claims that it is not targeting "critical infrastructure" organizations, such as hospitals.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers wants to better insulate the director of CISA from political pressure by giving the role a defined five-year term that could keep the agency's leader in place even when presidential administrations change. Currently, the position of CISA director lacks a set term.
In the 20 years since the Sept. 11, 2001, al Qaida terrorist attacks on targets in the U.S., the need to shore up critical infrastructure and build resilience into systems remains a priority. But over the past two decades, concerns about physical threats have been displaced by cyber concerns.
The possibility of a terrorist group launching a massive Sept. 11, 2001-scale cyberattack against the U.S. or an ally has been a concern for years, but cybersecurity pros with a background in intelligence and military affairs say such worries are likely unwarranted.
In the latest weekly update, four editors at Information Security Media Group discuss important cybersecurity issues, including how ransomware affiliates change operators and why terrorists aren't launching massive cyberattacks.
On Aug. 25, President Joe Biden invited about 25 technology, insurance, finance and education executives to the White House to discuss pressing cybersecurity issues such as supply chain and critical infrastructure. One of those participants was Resilience CEO Vishaal Hariprasad.
The Ragnar Locker ransomware operation has been threatening to dump victims' stolen data if they contact police, private investigators or professional negotiators before paying a ransom. But as one expert notes: "Perhaps the criminals watched too many TV shows, because this isn’t how the real world works."
Ransomware is the result of a criminal blending technology's wonders: networking and encryption. It's a modern-day implementation of extortion, a crime as old as time. The Atlantic Council contends lessons from fighting past extortion schemes, such as plane hijackings, could help fight ransomware.
While there is currently a lack of specific cyberthreats, Deputy National Security Adviser Anne Neuberger urges organizations, especially those in critical infrastructure, to take precautions over the Labor Day weekend, as threat groups have taken advantage of previous holidays to conduct attacks.
The threat landscape has grown, and the airlines industry in particular has been challenged. As a result, Rob Hornbuckle, CISO of Allegiant Airlines, sees his role differently: It's beyond security and about more than just the business. Where is the role going, and how does one grow with it?