This ISMG Security Report leads with comments from President Donald Trump that suggest the U.S. military will take the lead in defending civilian-owned critical infrastructure. Also, how insider defenses changed since Chelsea Manning's WikiLeaks data dump.
President Barack Obama has shortened the sentence of U.S. Army leaker Chelsea Manning, who passed classified documents to WikiLeaks. The move comes as the government grapples with the nuances of data leaks.
A researcher claims WhatsApp has dismissed his finding that there's a backdoor in the application that could allow attackers to unlock encrypted messages. But the controversy is more nuanced - and for most of us, much less threatening - than it might first appear.
Leading this latest edition of the ISMG Security Report: The growing momentum in Congress to establish a select committee to investigate breaches the American intelligence community has tied to the Kremlin to influence the U.S. presidential election.
Organizations in all sectors need to be aware of newly emerging insider threats, including those tied to the dark web, Michael Theis of Carnegie Mellon's CERT Insider Threat Center explains in this video interview.
To combat breaches involving insiders, organizations need to limit employees' access to data and more closely monitor access activity, security expert David Gibson of Varonis says in this video interview.
Last month, the FFIEC issued an FAQ about its Cybersecurity Assessment Tool, reiterating that use of the tool is voluntary. But some critics say regulators are still questioning institutions about their use of the tool during IT examinations, meaning its use is not truly voluntary.
Internet of things security takeaway: Save yourself, and by doing so, maybe help save the rest of us too. That's the obvious takeaway from the rise of low-tech, high-impact Mirai malware, which has been tied to the record-setting Oct. 21 DDoS attack against Dyn.
There are two Yahoo conspiracy theories: It was hacked by a "state-sponsored actor," and it disabled email forwarding to prevent a post-breach exodus. Although neither scenario appears to be true, that doesn't mean the badly breached search giant is in the clear.
Former NSA contractor Harold T. Martin III., who is accused of pilfering mass quantities of highly classified information, will remain in jail until his trial. Martin engaged in "a course of felonious conduct that is breathtaking in its longevity and scale," prosecutors say.
Despite high-profile leaks and the attention given to the insider threat, many organizations still fail to even see that they have an insider threat problem. Ajit Sancheti, CEO of Preempt, discusses what's needed to improve insider threat detection.