Leading the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report: Secretary John Kelly's congressional testimony on how DHS led government efforts to mitigate the WannaCry ransomware attacks. Also, reports on ransomware defenses as well as big data and machine learning combining to secure IT.
The identity of the individual or group behind the global WannaCry ransomware campaign remains unclear. But whoever wrote the ransom notes appears to have been fluent in Chinese and pretty good at written English, according to a linguistic analysis from security firm Flashpoint.
To offset some of the Trump administration's proposed cuts to the budget for the HHS Office for Civil Rights, which enforces HIPAA, the agency proposes to take advantage of another source of revenue. But will the HIPAA compliance audit program survive and thrive?
In the wake of WannaCry, there's a critical new flaw in Samba, which provides Windows-based file and print services for Unix and Linux systems. Security experts say the flaw is trivial to exploit. US-CERT recommends immediate patching or workarounds.
Target has reached a record settlement agreement with 47 states' attorneys general over its 2013 data breach. The breach resulted in hackers compromising 41 million customers' payment card details and contact details for more than 60 million customers being exposed.
DSCI is working with the FIDO Alliance in an effort to eliminate the use of passwords for authentication in India. But some security practitioners question whether that's a realistic approach that will prove effective. go
The Donald Trump administration, in its fiscal 2018 budget, outlines steps it contends would strengthen the U.S. federal government's information systems, even as it would cut some cybersecurity spending at specific agencies.
Voice biometrics: Is it good enough to protect people's bank accounts? Also, the ISMG Security Report goes to Belfast, Northern Ireland, for this year's OWASP AppSec Europe conference, including a visit to the Titanic museum - hopefully not a metaphor for the discipline.
A watchdog agency's audit of Virginia's Medicaid information systems found security weaknesses that could potentially leave beneficiaries' data vulnerable. Security experts say the audit's recommended improvements are needed at many healthcare organizations.
Good news for many victims of WannaCry: Free tools developed by a trio of French security researchers can be used to decrypt some PCs that were forcibly encrypted by the ransomware, if the prime numbers used to build the crypto keys remain in Windows memory.
Sweden has ended a seven-year rape investigation against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. But it's far from the end of the legal troubles for the man whose spilling of secrets has shaped world politics.
In a rare acknowledgment of a data breach by an Indian company, online restaurant guide and food ordering service Zomata says 17 million users' email addresses and hashed passwords were stolen from its database. The company was hacked by a white-hat hacker back in 2015.
WannaCry ransomware victims who haven't backed up their files have a tough choice: take a risk paying the ransom or just accept the loss. But there's a slim glimmer of hope: French researchers have figured out a way to decrypt files without paying, although their tools won't work for everyone.