Expect rebooted European Union data privacy rules to drive organizations worldwide to begin minimizing the amount of information they collect and store on individuals in 2016, both to protect privacy as well as minimize the impact of data breaches.
In the healthcare sector in 2016, hackers will continue to threaten systems and networks - and possibly medical devices - while federal and state regulators expand and refine their data security enforcement activities.
Improving breach detection and defenses involves much more than buying the latest technology, warns security expert Haroon Meer. "We keep moving on as we try to solve new, shiny problems, which we then half solve, but we still haven't completely solved problems that we knew about 20 years ago."
The hack of the Office of Personnel Management, revealed in June, represented a turning point. As a result of the cyberattack, breaches became a concern of a wide sphere of government employees and citizens.
Four years after European criminals exploited EMV implementation vulnerabilities to steal an estimated $650,000, security experts say not all banks have adopted full fixes. But the payment card industry contends related mitigations are in place and working.
Organizations that discover they're victims of business email compromise exploits should immediately contact law enforcement officials to report the attacks to improve the odds of finding the perpetrators, says Assistant U.S. Attorney Camelia Lopez in this video interview.
Adobe is warning Flash users to update their software immediately in the wake of zero-day attacks that can enable attackers to take full control of vulnerable systems. This year, Adobe has patched 316 bugs in Flash. Is it time for the plug-in to die?
A security researcher claims he's found an Internet-connected "leaky database" that is storing voter registration records for 191 million Americans. But who's apparently been leaving the information exposed?
Banking and government institutions, and other organizations that employ Juniper Networks gear, are being actively targeted after the company warned that it discovered that someone added a backdoor to the firmware in 2012. Who's responsible?