The healthcare sector needs to continue upping its ante in cybersecurity to prevent potentially catastrophic "doomsday" events that could devastate regional healthcare systems, says Erik Decker, CISO of the University of Chicago Medicine. He's helping draft a guide to mitigating five key cyber threats.
Did the Chinese government pull off one of the most secretive hardware hacks of all time? That's what information security experts are pondering after a Bloomberg report described an espionage operation that purportedly planted a tiny spying chip on widely distributed server motherboards.
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.
Warning: Attackers behind the recently revealed Facebook mega-breach may still be able to access victims' accounts at some third-party web services and mobile apps, and Facebook has offered no timeline for when a full lockdown might occur - although there are no signs of third-party account takeovers.
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.
In its ongoing quest to improve the state of medical device cybersecurity, the FDA has announced a number of key moves - including the release of a security "playbook," plans to leverage information sharing and analysis organizations and an effort to update its 2014 premarket guidance for manufacturers.
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.
Facebook says that whoever hacked 50 million user accounts, putting the privacy of those users' personal data at risk, did so by abusing its "View As" privacy feature. Facebook says the attack successfully targeted three separate bugs in its video-uploading functionality.
An Australian man who as a teenager managed to infiltrate Apple's networks and do it again after the company expelled him - aided by a folder on his laptop storing his "Hacky Hack Hack Methods" - has been sentenced to serve eight months of probation, according to news reports.
The Food and Drug Administration plans to launch a new digital health "center of excellence" that includes a cybersecurity unit. The new unit would not only deal with cyber issues pertaining to new health technologies, but also challenges facing older medical devices.
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.
In Australia, it can take as few as 15 minutes to steal someone's phone number, a type of attack known as SIM hijacking. Such attacks are rising, but mobile operators have no plans to change the authentication required around number porting, which can be set in motion online with minimal personal information.
IoT devices are increasingly becoming a way to pay for goods and services, shifting the "internet of things" to the "internet of transactions." Gord Jamieson of Visa Canada discusses steps the card network is taking to ensure these payments are secure.