Massive, well-resourced companies are still using live customer data - including their plaintext passwords - in testing environments, violating not just good development practices but also privacy laws. That's yet another security failure takeaway from last year's massive Equifax breach.
One mystery with the recently discovered payment card sniffing attacks against such organizations as British Airways and Newegg has been how attackers might have first gained access to the victims' networks. But a number of cybercrime markets sell such access, in some cases for as little as 50 cents.
Seeking better operational efficiency and ROI, many enterprises have begun significant software automation and orchestration efforts without accounting for the inherent security risks they may bring, says Jeffery Kok of CyberArk.
Credit bureau Equifax has been hit with the maximum possible fine under U.K. law for "multiple failures" that contributed to its massive 2017 data breach, including its failure to act on a critical vulnerability alert issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The biggest security budget in the business cannot save you from also suffering one of the biggest breaches. The key is: Do you have the right skills and technology deployed to defend your critical assets? Michael Malone and Ben Johnson of Datashield, an ADT company, make the case for outsourcing.
Open source and third-party components help developers build and deploy applications faster. But with increased speed comes greater risks, says Chris Eng of CA Veracode, who offers insights on mitigating those risks.
More evidence that running cybercrime schemes remains inexpensive and accessible to anyone with criminal intent: To send spam emails, admitted botnet herder Peter Levashov quoted customers $500 for 1 million emails. And that was just his 2016 pricing.
Attack code known as EternalBlue, designed to exploit a Windows SMB flaw, continues to work for attackers despite Microsoft having issued patches more than a year ago. One major U.S. business was a recent victim as part of a cryptocurrency-mining malware campaign, a researcher reports.
Making bigger advances in implementing nationwide health information exchange will require a multipronged effort, including getting patients more involved and using a variety of technical approaches, says Scott Stuewe, the new president and CEO of DirectTrust.
Intel has had a challenging time lately on the vulnerability front. It has issued yet another patch for its Management Engine after a researcher was able to extract two types of encryption keys. The problem was a repeat of one that Intel patched just last year.
The new Apple Watch 4, which includes a sensor that can conduct an electrocardiogram, spotlights the emergence of consumer apps that appear to cross over into the territory of medical devices, raising potential cybersecurity concerns.
Effective "SecOps" involves revamping security processes that are inconsistent and ad hoc to make them targeted and consistent, says Rapid7 CEO Corey Thomas, who describes the roles of automation and orchestration.