A discussion with ISMG Security and Technology Editor Jeremy Kirk about his chat with the cyber gang "The Dark Overlord," which threatened some U.S. school districts with extortion, leads the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report. Also, an update on surging IT security employment.
The new FHIR standard is designed to help ease the exchange of health data among healthcare organizations across the nation. But there's one problem: The standard lacks a strong security component. That's why federal regulators have launched a competition to devise ways to enhance security for FHIR.
It's a tale that reads stranger than fiction, a true Tom Clancy-ish yarn: Israeli spies hacked Kaspersky Lab, discovering that Russia has been using the company's pervasive anti-virus software to spy on U.S. spies. Will Kaspersky Lab survive?
A hacker exploited an unpatched, 12-month-old flaw in a small Australian defense contractor's IT help desk and stole data for the country's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, among other secrets, the Australian government has warned.
A new House bill proposes that federal regulators work with healthcare providers and insurers as well as technology firms to recommend "voluntary frameworks and guidelines" to improve the cybersecurity of medical devices. But some security experts are calling for stronger mandates.
North Korea's leaders apparently blew a gasket over "The Interview," a comedy film that centered on an assassination plot against North Korea's leader. So how might the country have reacted to U.S.-South Korean "decapitation strike" plans reportedly stole last year by Pyongyang-affiliated hackers?
Credit-reporting agency Equifax now says records exposed in the massive data breach it revealed last month included information relating to 15.2 million U.K. residents - a much higher figure than the business first suggested.
It is said that "Data is the new oil." If that's the case, then organizations need to do a far better job inventorying and securing their wells, says Laurence Pitt of Juniper Networks. He offers insights on leveraging and securing data.
The number of information security analysts employed in the United States has topped 100,000 for the first time, according to an Information Security Media Group analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data.
The Dark Overlord, a hacking group that hijacks data from businesses and holds it for ransom, is now threatening school districts. The apparent intent isn't to get ransoms from schools per se, but to create a fear campaign designed to scare big businesses into paying the group's ransoms.
An analysis on finding a replacement for Social Security numbers as an identifier for individuals leads the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report. Also, assessing Kaspersky Lab's responsibility for the hack of an NSA contractor's computer.
New York state's Department of Financial Services is enforcing minimum cybersecurity standards by which all banks and other financial services firms that it regulates must abide. Think of the new regulation "as a playbook or a guidepost," says cybersecurity attorney Paul Ferrillo.
Congress needs to elevate the position of the CISO at the Department of Health and Human Services so that the job not only has responsibilities within the agency but also an official role in helping the healthcare sector improve its cybersecurity, says Samantha Burch of HIMSS.
A bipartisan group of five senators has asked a watchdog agency to produce "clear recommendations" for how to make sure the right patients are matched to the right records to help improve the quality of care and crack down on medical and identity fraud. But will that require a national patient identifier?