Cyberattacks remain a critical security concern - and a top patient safety hazard - for the healthcare and public health sector in 2022, federal authorities and other experts warned this week. Will recent takedowns of ransomware criminal gang members by law enforcement agencies help?
In the latest weekly update, four ISMG editors discuss the state of cyber insurance today and why its future is uncertain; applying a security-by-design reliability model to analyze vulnerabilities; and how Russia takes down members of the REvil ransomware group as cyber aggressions in Ukraine rise.
When it comes to cyber intrusions launched by one nation-state against another, where's the red line? While blame has yet to be cast for a wiper malware attack against Ukrainian government systems, researchers say the infections tie to network intrusions that began last summer.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of whether the cyberattacks that hit Ukraine's government agencies last week are attributable to any group or nation-state along with updates to the cybersecurity executive order and illicit cryptocurrency trends.
The U.K. government is considering new measures to boost cybersecurity standards in the country. The proposed laws recommend levying large fines on essential digital service providers for noncompliance with strict cybersecurity rules, and improving incident reporting.
In a span of just days, two prominent congressmen who have long advanced cybersecurity at the federal level announced that they will not be seeking reelection in 2022. Reps. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., and John Katko, R-N.Y., will, however, pursue a cyber agenda throughout the remainder of their terms.
Attackers have been actively targeting Log4j vulnerabilities, or Log4Shell, vulnerabilities in the servers of virtualization solution VMware Horizon to establish persistent access via web shells, according to an alert by the U.K. National Health Service.
VPN Lab, known for its alleged wide use by ransomware threat actors, has been shut down. Fifteen servers associated with VPNLab.net were seized or disrupted based on multiple international investigations tying the VPN service provider to cybercrime operations, according to Europol.
JPMorgan Chase will earmark $12 billion for technological updates - including cloud migration, upgrading legacy architecture, data strategy, and emerging technologies. About half of this budget will go toward security modernization, while the other half will be invested into digital innovation.
Because healthcare IT environments are so complicated, it will become essential for all suppliers to provide and maintain a software bill of materials for their products to remain relevant, says Curt Miller of the Healthcare Supply Chain Association.
GAO auditors say in a new report that the federal government's response to both the SolarWinds software supply chain attack and the exploitation of Microsoft Exchange Servers in 2021 sharpened its coordination efforts, but also exposed information-sharing gaps.
In the midst of a global pandemic, the federal breach tally shows that a record number of major health data breaches were reported in the U.S. in 2021, and the overwhelming majority of them involved hacking/IT incidents. Will those trends continue in 2022?
The defacement of Ukrainian government websites may have been intended as a smokescreen for a destructive malware attack that failed to execute or has yet to be unleashed, some security experts warn. Ukraine continues to investigate the attack, which it suggests may trace to Russia, Belarus or both.
"We came up with a structured, documented approach to respond to mitigating the Log4j vulnerability using the EDR scanning tools along with a code validation, containerization, and sandboxing of our applications and networks," says Ian Keller, security director at Ericsson.
A family medical practice is notifying nearly 200,000 individuals that their information was compromised in a 2020 ransomware attack on cloud hosting vendor Netgain Technology, an incident that also affected several of the vendor's other clients and hundreds of thousands of their patients.