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.
A power blackout that recently affected about 1.4 million Ukrainians has been tied to an espionage Trojan called BlackEnergy. The attack appears to be the first time that hackers have successfully used malware to help disrupt energy-generation systems.
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.
Boards of directors that figure out how to leverage cybersecurity as a strategic asset will give their organizations a strong competitive advantage, says Lance Hayden of Berkeley Research Group. "Security needs to be part of what the organization uses to competitively differentiate itself."
In the healthcare sector in 2016, hackers will continue to threaten systems and networks - and possibly medical devices - while federal and state regulators expand and refine their data security enforcement activities.
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."
Four years after European criminals exploited EMV implementation vulnerabilities to steal an estimated $650,000, security experts say not all banks have adopted full fixes. But the payment card industry contends related mitigations are in place and working.
Organizations that discover they're victims of business email compromise exploits should immediately contact law enforcement officials to report the attacks to improve the odds of finding the perpetrators, says Assistant U.S. Attorney Camelia Lopez in this video interview.
NIST is soliciting comments from stakeholders on whether its cybersecurity framework is helping organizations secure their information systems. Those observations could result in an update of the framework, NIST's Adam Sedgewick explains in this interview.
Adobe is warning Flash users to update their software immediately in the wake of zero-day attacks that can enable attackers to take full control of vulnerable systems. This year, Adobe has patched 316 bugs in Flash. Is it time for the plug-in to die?
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?
Banking and government institutions, and other organizations that employ Juniper Networks gear, are being actively targeted after the company warned that it discovered that someone added a backdoor to the firmware in 2012. Who's responsible?
Understanding the promise of user behavior analytics is one thing. Deploying them to detect and respond to threats is quite another. Bert Rankin of Fortscale offers tips on practical application of the latest UBA solutions.