Reports on how the U.S. Congress is taking steps to toughen cybersecurity lead the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report. Also, an analysis of a Government Accountability Office study on the IoT landscape and the security threats facing the internet of things.
The House of Representatives has passed the Modernizing Government Technology Act, which supporters contend could help improve the security of the government's information networks. "It will keep our digital infrastructure safe from cyberattacks while saving billions of dollars," says bill sponsor Rep. Will Hurd.
Internet of things devices are vulnerable to an array of potential cyberattacks, including zero-day exploits, distributed denial-of-service attacks and passive wiretapping, according to a new GAO report, which cites mitigation advice from experts.
The words of Assistant to the President Thomas Bossert, who boldly pledges to outdo previous administrations on improving federal government cybersecurity, lead the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report. Also, Microsoft's exasperation with the NSA over WannaCry ransomware.
Disney is reportedly being targeted by cyber-extortionist hackers who have threatened to release a stolen, prerelease copy of the movie studio's fifth "Pirates of the Caribbean" film unless they receive a ransom, payable in bitcoins.
Criminals have long aimed to separate people from their possessions. So for anyone who follows ransomware, the WannaCry outbreak won't come as a shock. Nor will longstanding advice for surviving ransomware shakedowns: Prepare, or prepare to pay.
Microsoft has issued emergency security updates for some unsupported operating systems to protect against the global WannaCry ransomware outbreak. In addition, a researcher has accidentally disabled new infections from crypto-locking PCs, though he warns the respite will likely be temporary.
To better battle ransomware, we must take a page from the lessons learned by the kidnapping and ransom insurance industry in its battle against piracy in the Indian Ocean, Jeremiah Grossman told the AppSec Europe conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Former Bush and Obama cyber adviser Melissa Hathaway says that over the past decade, more than 100 recommendations on improving government cybersecurity have been made but mostly ignored. Now the cybersecurity executive order signed by President Donald Trump will add dozens of new reports in 14 areas.
The cybersecurity epitaph of the fired FBI director could read: "He showed courage to take on Apple." Comey publicly battled Apple CEO Tim Cook over unlocking the iPhone of the San Bernardino shooter, becoming the face of the proponents who seek ways to bypass encryption on mobile devices.
President Donald J. Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey, a divisive figure who led the law enforcement agency through an unprecedented presidential campaign tainted by Russian hacking and an investigation into Hillary Clinton's handling of classified emails.