Two cybersecurity veterans detail the specific steps the Trump administration must take now if it has any hope of safeguarding the U.S. midterm elections in November against Russian interference, whether via hack attacks or social media and propaganda campaigns.
One measure of why it's so difficult for organizations to keep their software patched and better secured: Of the nearly 20,000 unique vulnerabilities in 2,000 products cataloged last year, only half involved Microsoft, Adobe, Java, Chrome or Firefox software, says Flexera's Alejandro Lavie.
Three Ukrainian men who were allegedly part of a hacking gang that stole more than 15 million payment card records from U.S. businesses, sold the data in underground markets and enabled at least $12.4 million in fraud have been arrested in Germany, Poland and Spain at the request of the U.S.
Reddit suffered a data breach in June after attackers managed to bypass its SMS-based two-factor authentication system. User data from 2007 and before was compromised. Security experts say the breach should serve as a reminder that using any two-factor authentication is better than none.
With Australia's data breach reporting law now in effect, its healthcare sector has recently reported the highest number of data breaches - a finding that is sure to intensify the already intense scrutiny of the country's controversial e-health records project.
Struggling European electronics giant Dixons Carphone says its investigation into a 2017 data breach has found that 10 million customers' personal details - up from its previous estimate of 1.2 million - were compromised. It previously reported that 5.9 million payment cards were also compromised.
A large Midwestern health network says a successful phishing campaign exposed a raft of personal and medical data stored in its email systems. The count of affected victims numbers 1.4 million, although investigators believe stealing personal data was not the attackers' goal.
The fundamentals of governance, risk and compliance are sorely lacking in too many organizations that are striving to improve cybersecurity, says Malcolm Palmore, an assistant special agent at the FBI.
Data science is playing a fundamental role in a more dynamic approach to cybersecurity, says Jim Routh, CISO of Aetna, who stresses the importance of applying machine learning to front-line data security controls. Routh will be a featured speaker at the ISMG Security Summit in New York Aug. 14-15.
A move to a "more autonomous" security operations center is helping Encompass Health cope with a shortage of skilled cybersecurity workers while improving its response to cyber threats, says Mitch Thomas, chief security officer.
A family care clinic in Missouri says those investigating and mitigating a recent ransomware attack discovered that its systems were "loaded with a variety of malware programs." Experts say such post-breach discoveries are common.
A hacking incident at Boys Town National Research Hospital is the largest ever reported by a pediatric care provider or children's hospital, according to the federal health data breach tally. A wide variety of data on 105,000 individuals was exposed, opening the door to potential fraud.