The FFIEC's Cybersecurity Assessment Tool is already being integrated into regulators' cybersecurity examinations, says Gartner analyst Avivah Litan. But the tool has so far led to more confusion than clarity, she says, and must be enhanced in 2016.
Expect rebooted European Union data privacy rules to drive organizations worldwide to begin minimizing the amount of information they collect and store on individuals in 2016, both to protect privacy as well as minimize the impact of data breaches.
Improving breach detection and defenses involves much more than buying the latest technology, warns security expert Haroon Meer. "We keep moving on as we try to solve new, shiny problems, which we then half solve, but we still haven't completely solved problems that we knew about 20 years ago."
A security researcher claims he's found an Internet-connected "leaky database" that is storing voter registration records for 191 million Americans. But who's apparently been leaving the information exposed?
Hyatt warns that it's the latest hotel chain to fall victim to POS malware. It's offered scant breach-related details, but lots of bromides about taking payment card security seriously and urging customers to keep paying by card.
As it continues to ramp up its cybersecurity enforcement efforts, the FTC could take action next year against consumer wearable device makers if they fail to live up to their promises to protect the privacy of health data and other information, says researcher Stephen Cobb, who also expects scrutiny from the FDA.
In terms of malware, 2015 will go down as the year that ransomware got big, and the organized criminals behind it got bolder. IBM's Limor Kessem discusses what to expect from advanced malware variants in 2016.
Cybersecurity is becoming an issue in the U.S. presidential campaign, finally. That's good news because it's critical in our day-to-day lives. But are the candidates doing the issue justice in the way they address it?
GOP presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina proposes standing up a centralized cyber command that would be responsible for all aspects of government IT security response. But such a plan could face resistance in Congress if it gives the military authority over federal civilian cybersecurity.
New details emerging about a breach involving a former Morgan Stanley employee illustrate how a case of inappropriate access to data can blossom into something much more serious. The case shines a spotlight on the urgent need to mitigate insider threats.
Passage of cyberthreat information-sharing legislation could hinge on how the measure is presented to Congress, and its fate could be tied to a massive omnibus appropriations bill to fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal 2016.
Hundreds of millions of PCs are at risk of being remotely exploited, after a security researcher released proof-of-concept exploit code for separate, newly discovered flaws in software preinstalled on systems by Dell, Lenovo and Toshiba.
Turns out electronic learning products can be bad for children's privacy - and for their parents too. The VTech breach highlights how, despite repeated warnings, too many manufacturers continue to not take security seriously.
The security of Internet-connected toys is in the limelight after toymaker VTech acknowledged suffering a data breach that affects 5 million accounts and personal information and photographs relating to more than 200,000 children.