National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander declined to say that the agency would stop using contractors in top secret IT positions to prevent a leak such as the one that exposed NSA programs to collect metadata on American citizens.
The participation of Microsoft and other software vendors in an operation to take down 1,400 Citadel botnets illustrates why more public-private collaboration is needed to tackle emerging cybercrimes, operation participants say.
Another organized cyber-attack and subsequent cash-out scheme illustrates increasing risks to the U.S. payments chain. One fraud expert says this trend "is of grave concern" for banking institutions and their accountholders.
The FDA has issued draft guidance urging medical device makers to develop cybersecurity controls. It has also released tips for how healthcare organizations can mitigate cybersecurity risks to devices.
Having the right log and access management tools in place - and not all tools are used by all agencies at all times - doesn't mean that the proper authorities are alerted in a timely manner to activities that could jeopardize the nation's security.
Regulations initially cause organizations to spend more funds on data breaches, but eventually those rules could save enterprises money, the Ponemon Institute's Larry Ponemon says in analyzing his latest study on breach costs.
When it comes to breach prevention, many organizations are improving their own security posture, but neglecting that of their strategic partners. Trend Micro's Tom Kellermann outlines third-party risks.
In an interview about virtual supply chain threats, Kellermann discusses:
Supply chain gaps organizations...
Collecting massive amounts of data on individuals, whether in the government or private sector, has become the norm in our society. It's not quite Orwellian, but it's a situation we might have to learn to live with.
As they develop mitigation strategies, organizations must keep in mind that all cyber-attacks, ranging from DDoS to phishing, ultimately aim to compromise data - and they virtually all are advanced and persistent.