Although the passage by Congress of the Support for Patients and Communities Act this week is an important step in the nation's battle against the opioid drug addiction crisis, it lacks a critical privacy provision, says Geisinger Health CIO John Kravitz, who analyzes the implications.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of the latest developments in Facebook's massive data breach and expert analysis of the potential for nation-state interference in the U.S. midterm elections.
Suzanne Spaulding, former undersecretary for the Department of Homeland Security, says a key way to ensure public confidence in the security of U.S. elections is to rely on paper ballots for voting or as backups for electronic balloting.
Healthcare organizations often fail to address five fundamental elements of a solid cybersecurity program, says security expert Mark Johnson of the consultancy LBMC Information Security, who formerly was CISO at Vanderbilt University and Medical Center.
Education plays a critical role in any program designed to combat insider threats, says Christopher Greany, head of group investigations at Barclays. He'll discuss how to start an insider threat program in a presentation at Information Security Media Group's Security Summit: London, to be held Oct. 23.
As new payment options continue to emerge via mobile phones and internet of things devices, the PCI Security Standards Council is broadening its security efforts, starting with a new standard for contactless payments coming early next year, says Troy Leach, PCI SSC's chief technology officer.
There is greater awareness to the proliferation of mobile threats, and yet many organizations still underestimate their own vulnerabilities. Brian Duckering of Symantec discusses the rise and maturity of mobile threat defense.
As attackers become more adept at evading "reactive" security controls and alert mechanisms, proactively analyzing the behaviors of people and systems is critical to detecting malicious activity, says Gartner's Kelly Kavanagh.
Machine learning could be a breakthrough for data classification, addressing fundamental challenges and paving the way to create and enforce automated policies that can be scaled across the enterprise, says Titus CEO Jim Barkdoll.
Because business associates have been culprits in heath data breaches impacting millions of individuals, healthcare entities need to be diligent in taking steps to reduce the persistent risks these vendors pose, says privacy and security expert Susan Lucci.
Security ratings are increasingly popular as a means of selecting cybersecurity vendors. But Ryan Davis at CA Veracode also uses BitSight's ratings as a means of benchmarking his own organization for internal and external uses.
Breached businesses in Europe: Brace for more class action lawsuits seeking material and non-material damages filed by victims following mandatory data breach notifications under GDPR, says attorney Jonathan Armstrong. He predicts more breach-related suits will succeed in Europe than in the United States.
Many of the computer devices to be used for electronic voting in November's midterm elections have unpatched older operating systems that make them vulnerable, says Darien Kindlund, a data scientist at the cybersecurity firm Insight Engines, which advises governments and others.
Not only are we now seeing the most powerful DDoS attacks ever recorded, but they also are leveraging the ever-growing army of IoT devices. Gary Sockrider of NETSCOUT Arbor offers advice for detection and defense.