As ransomware attacks become more prolific, their success is being driven by the increasing use of specialists who can refine every stage of an attack. It's a reminder that the goal of cybercrime remains to maximize illicit profits as easily and quickly as possible.
CISO Gary Hayslip prides himself on being a mentor to up-and-coming cyber pros. But he also takes leadership roles in two causes that don't get nearly as much attention: stress management and building a more neurodiverse workforce.
As a cybersecurity leader, it's one thing to earn a seat at the senior management table, but it's quite another to find - and use - your voice in that role, says Alex Cunningham, CISO at Advisor360°, who discusses leadership and how to create a cybersecurity culture.
Ransomware-wielding criminals continue to hone their illicit business models, as demonstrated by the strike against customers of Kaseya. A full postmortem of the attack has yet to be issued, but one question sure to be leveled at the software vendor is this: Should it have fixed the flaw more quickly?
The code used to build copies of Babuk ransomware - to infect victims with the crypto-locking malware - has been leaked, after someone posted the software to virus-scanning service VirusTotal. Whether the leak was intentional - perhaps a rival gang seeking to burn the operation - remains unclear.
Owners of Western Digital My Book Live devices have seen their data remotely wiped by attackers targeting a flaw first detailed in 2019. But WD stopped supporting these devices in 2015, which is a reminder that the best way to secure some types of internet of things devices may be to discard them.
The global law enforcement "Anom" honeypot operation racked up impressive statistics for the number of criminals tricked into using the encrypted communications service. Psychology was at play: Officials say users flocked to the service after they disrupted rivals EncroChat and Sky Global.
Based on Russian-language cybercrime chatter, "fear" likely drove the lucrative Avaddon ransomware-as-a-service operation to announce its retirement as the U.S. exerts increasing diplomatic pressure on Moscow to disrupt such activity, experts say. But are criminals simply laying low until the heat dies down?
Ransomware attacks are stuck on repeat: Criminal syndicates have found an extremely profitable business model, and they're milking it for all it's worth. So give the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma, credit for having in place robust disaster recovery capabilities and vowing to remediate, rather than pay criminals.
Law enforcement agencies use forensics tools from Israeli company Cellebrite to gain access to locked mobile devices and extract data. But the creator of encrypted messaging app Signal says he's found vulnerabilities in Cellebrite's tools, raising questions about whether the extracted data can be trusted.
CIO. Consulting CISO. Mentor. Activist on behalf of recruiting more women for cybersecurity and leadership. Jo Stewart-Rattray has filled many roles, and she has great insights to share with those who are starting or changing careers.
Less than a year ago, Ariel Weintraub was dabbling in data science as head of security operations and engineering at MassMutual, working under CISO Jim Routh. Now she’s replaced Routh as the new head of enterprise cybersecurity - and she welcomes the challenge.
Anyone wanting to invent a system designed to stoke widespread abuse by fraudsters would be hard-pressed to best the non-fungible token. Because they get bought and sold using cryptocurrency, it's only a question of when scammers will turn their attention to defrauding NFT aficionados.