Hackers have apparently hijacked potentially thousands of vulnerable MongoDB databases and demanded ransoms for the return of critical data, with some victims paying up, according to security researchers.
A task force led by two lawmakers and a former U.S. CIO recommends the new administration should jettison outdated ways the federal government tackles cybersecurity, saying in a just-issued report: "Once-powerful ideas have been transformed into clichés."
The lack of a smoking gun - absolute certainty - has some security experts not entirely convinced that the Russians or their backers hacked Democratic Party computers in an attempt to sway the U.S. presidential election.
Medical device makers need to ensure they have procedures in place to take quicker action once they're alerted of cybersecurity issues in their products, says attorney Yarmela Pavlovic, who specializes in healthcare regulatory issues.
Advanced threats are multi-layered and borderless - and so are today's enterprises. These are among the factors pushing organizations to adopt the Intelligent Hybrid Security approach, says Anil Nandigam of NSFOCUS.
The transition to a new presidential administration makes forecasting for HIPAA enforcement activity in 2017 difficult, says privacy attorney David Holtzman of the consultancy Cynergistek, who sizes up what the HHS Office for Civil Rights might do this year.
Far too many healthcare organizations and their business associates are still neglecting to address some data security basics, says privacy and security expert Rebecca Herold, who recommends they resolve to take three critical steps in the new year.
Localized skimming attacks, whether waged against ATMs or self-service gas pumps, continue to wreak havoc on banks and credit unions. And we're likely to see an uptick in 2017 as fraudsters ramp up their efforts to cash in.
As the Trump administration begins, expect a ramp-up in cyber espionage as well as more "test attacks" by nation-states, says cybersecurity specialist Brad Medairy of the consultancy Booz Allen Hamilton.
An analysis of a National Institute of Standards and Technology initiative to identify algorithms that could defend encryption against attacks from quantum computers leads the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report. Also featured: An update on new FDA guidance on cybersecurity for medical devices.
The Food and Drug Administration has issued a long-awaited final version of guidance for how medical device manufacturers should help maintain the cybersecurity of network-connected devices once they are in use, spelling out key steps to take.
Because cyber threats are becoming increasingly sophisticated, bolstering employee and customer awareness and training about ransomware, phishing and other cyber risks must be a top priority in 2017, says Curt Kwak, CIO of Proliance Surgeons.
Will more "historical" breaches be revealed in 2017 and beyond? Data breach expert Troy Hunt is optimistic that such revelations will become rare as large businesses operating online continue to improve security. But what about small and mid-size organizations?
With the rise of malware infecting IoT devices, DDoS defenders "have to assume that the attackers have an unlimited supply of machines that they can compromise," says Akamai's Michael Smith. But quarantines, ISP feedback loops and better patch management can bolster defenses.
Security software often generates so many warnings that it can be difficult to figure out which ones are the most serious. How can one differentiate good intelligence from bad? John Watters, founder of iSight Partners, discusses how to separate the signal from the noise.