Is it possible that a nation-state actor such as Iran could create a cybersecurity incident that compromises the U.S. power grid? Bernie Cowens, most recently CISO at the nation's largest electric utility, says that's unlikely because the power grid is more cybersecure than you might think.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report discusses "Orwellian" surveillance activity in 2020 via the ToTok app. Also featured: the controversy over enabling law enforcement to circumvent encryption; the cyberattack risks posed by IoT devices.
Researchers are attempting to develop new forms of cryptography that could not be cracked by powerful quantum computing devices that are in the works. Divesh Aggarwal, principal investigator at Singapore's Center for Quantum Technologies, describes the efforts.
Two Democratic Congressmen have sent letters to nine federal financial regulatory agencies asking that they take action to shore up cyber defenses in the sector because of looming security threats from Iran.
The security company Check Point has revealed several vulnerabilities in TikTok, the popular Chinese video app that has raised concerns lately from the U.S. military and lawmakers. The issues are fixed, and TikTok says it doesn't appear the issues were exploited for a breach.
Nearly 16,000 malware-infected MicroTik routers in Southeast Asia have been scrubbed of Coinhive cryptojacking code, which mines for monero, thanks to an international police operation. Globally, however, 26,000 MicroTik routers reportedly remain infected with the stealth monero-mining code.
A ransomware attack has held London-based foreign currency exchange firm Travelex hostage since New Year's Day, the company confirmed Tuesday. It appears that the Sodinokibi group is behind the attack and is asking for millions from the company.
The FBI has sent a letter to Apple asking for help in accessing encrypted data from two iPhones belonging to a deceased shooter. The bureau's move may be a prelude to another legal fight between the FBI and Apple over strong encryption.
Complex, manual processes and disparate, disconnected tools make it difficult for security and IT teams to mount a cohesive response. Bryce Schroeder of ServiceNow discusses a more effective approach to vulnerability response.
As tensions between the U.S. and Iran continue to rise, healthcare organizations need to exercise extra vigilance in shoring up their security to defend against potential Iranian cyberattacks on critical infrastructure sectors, says Errol Weiss of the Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center.
Not even George Orwell could have predicted nation-state surveillance in the 21st century. Give us free instant messaging for our smartphones, and faster than you can say "viral kitten video," we're collectively part of a mass surveillance nightmare. Case in point: The ToTok social messaging app.
Attackers are hitting unpatched Pulse Secure VPN servers with Sodinokibi - aka REvil - ransomware, British security researcher Kevin Beaumont warns. Pulse Secure says that although many organizations have installed the critical April 2019 patch, holdouts persist.
Accenture plans to buy the former Symantec Cyber Security Services business from Broadcom for an undisclosed sum, the two companies announced Tuesday. The deal comes only five months after Broadcom paid $10.7 billion for Symantec's entire enterprise security division.
Zero Trust has become a cybersecurity marketing buzzword. But Kelsey Nelson of Okta sheds light on the realities of the Zero Trust approach, with a specific focus on the identity and access management component of the strategy.