Until the IRS takes appropriate steps to resolve security control deficiencies, taxpayer data will remain "unnecessarily vulnerable" to inappropriate use, a Government Accountability Office audit report warns.
Verizon Enterprise Solutions, which regularly assists clients in responding to their data breaches, admits it's suffered its own breach. The breach of contact information reportedly affected 1.5 million business customers, who now face greater risk of phishing attacks.
The Justice Department has unsealed indictments against seven Iranians, allegedly working on behalf of the Iranian government, who are suspected of conducting DDoS attacks against dozens of American banks and attempting to seize control of Bowman Dam outside New York City.
More than 300 security incidents involving Obamacare's HealthCare.gov were reported over an 18-month period, according to a new GAO report, which recommends numerous security and privacy control enhancements for the federal health insurance marketplace.
Ransomware attacks against hospitals are becoming commonplace this year, with at least five incidents revealed in recent weeks. What steps can organizations take to avoid falling victim to these attacks?
A dearth of actuarial data stymies the growth of the cyber insurance market, experts told Congress at a March 22 hearing. A repository of such data would provide more information to support creation of policies and help enterprises gain a better understanding of the risks they face, they testified.
HHS says it has launched "phase two" of its HIPAA compliance audit program, portraying this as another interim step toward a permanent program. But will Congress ever approve enough funding to ramp up audits?
The PCI Security Standards Council envisions a single, globally-unified data security standard. Now that the European Card Payment Association is a strategic regional member, that goal is significantly closer, says Jeremy King, the council's international director.
The Department of Justice has been granted a delay of a March 22 hearing relating to a court order compelling Apple to help the FBI unlock the iPhone 5C issued to San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook. That's because it says it may have found a way to unlock the phone without Apple's assistance.
A watchdog agency's audit of the Department of Veterans Affairs makes nearly three dozen recommendations for how the VA should address "material weakness" in its information security program. The VA's CIO tells Congress all the issues raised will be addressed by the end of next year.
In its second HIPAA settlement revealed this week, federal regulators smacked a New York-based medical research institute with a multimillion dollar penalty after investigating a breach tied to the theft of an unencrypted laptop containing data on several thousand patients and participants in a research project.
In revised guidance, the National Institute of Standards and Technology cautions enterprises to assume that "external environments contain hostile threats" as they establish programs to allow employees and contractors to remotely access critical systems.
Federal regulators have imposed a $1.55 million penalty on a Minnesota healthcare system as part of a settlement following an investigation of a breach involving a business associate. The vendor has already been sanctioned by two other government entities for the same stolen laptop incident.
Attackers have targeted an unknown number of Russia's 700 banks with bogus security-alert emails. The combination of official-looking infrastructure and digitally signed malware recalls the Anthem attack, among other campaigns.