What's one of the worst things that can happen during a pandemic? The answer is anything that gives people less reason to trust in their public health system to handle the crisis. Enter a data breach that has exposed personal information for everyone who's ever tested positive for the disease in Wales.
Recent hacking incidents, including one targeting Twitter, are raising awareness of the importance of privileged access management, says David Boda, group head of information security for Camelot Group, operator of the U.K. National Lottery. He describes PAM best practices.
In a court filing, online voting startup Voatz argues that most security research should be limited to those who have clear permission to probe systems and software for vulnerabilities. The amicus brief is part of a U.S. Supreme Court case that could redefine a federal computer law.
Who watches the penetration-testing testers? Questions are circulating over how some organizations train their employees for the CREST pen-testing certification after some leaked internal documents appeared to contain material from past tests.
One day, you may drive your Tesla Cybertruck on Cyber Monday to your cybersecurity job, backed by a cyber insurance policy as you safeguard cyberspace against the threat of cyberwar. Or cyber whatever, since we've obviously entered the era of "maximum cyber." But what does cyber even mean?
How many different shades of bizarre is the data breach notification issued by software vendor Blackbaud? Over the course of three paragraphs, Blackbaud normalizes hacking, congratulates its amazing cybersecurity team, and says it cares so much for its customers that it paid a ransom to attackers.
The speed at which IoT is enabling innovation is far outpacing the ability of the security custodians to implement appropriate controls before these devices hit the market. That creates a classic target-rich environment for the bad guys - one that will require vigorous defense and oversight.
Many ransomware gangs hell-bent on seeing a criminal payday have now added data exfiltration to their shakedown arsenal. Gangs' extortion play: Pay us, or we'll dump stolen data. One massive takeaway is that increasingly, ransomware outbreaks also are data breaches, thus triggering breach notification rules.
Britain's failure to contain COVID-19 - despite Prime Minister Boris Johnson promising a "world-beating" effort - now includes a failed digital contact-tracing app. A new version, built to work with Apple and Google APIs, may be released by winter. Really, what's the rush?
Corporate culture can have a big impact on an organization's ability to achieve cybersecurity objectives, says Jessica Barker, chair of ClubCISO, a private members forum for European information security leaders, who provides insights on gauging an organization's security maturity.
Despite the need to battle COVID-19, several nations' in-development digital contact-tracing apps are already dogged by security and privacy concerns. Whether enough users will ever trust these apps to make them effective remains a major question. Is it too late to get more projects back on track?
Can you "big tech" a way out of a pandemic? Many governments around the world are trying, and Australia is joining the herd with a contact tracing app. But Australia has a splotchy record of large government tech projects, including in health, that may result in low voluntary adoption of an app.