This edition of the ISMG Security Report analyzes whether IoT devices will outlive their security updates. Also featured: Why security spending needs to shift further upstream; could banks be custodians of identity?
Troy Leach of the PCI Security Standards Council discusses how the shift to card-not-present transactions during the COVID-19 pandemic has created new fraud-fighting challenges and offers an update on pending standards revisions.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report discusses recent research on the cyberthreats in multicloud environments and how to mitigate them. Also featured: A ransomware risk management update; tips on disaster planning.
If your organization gets hit by ransomware, what should happen next? Ideally, organizations will get help to identify the best response, says Kroll's Alan Brill. He notes that many organizations are now carrying cyber insurance coverage, in part, to gain rapid access to incident response tools and expertise.
As businesses reopen, they need to carefully consider the privacy, security and legal implications of collecting COVID-19 related information from customers, employees and other individuals, says privacy attorney Iliana Peters of the law firm Polsinelli.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report discusses Europol's launch of the European Financial and Economic Crime Center, and also details the London Met's perspective on recent cybercrime trends, and to need to maintain a paper audit trail for mobile voting.
As Roger Sels of BlackBerry assesses cybersecurity risk, he sees chaos - both cyber and endpoint chaos - as well as enterprises trying to defend automated attacks at human speed. It makes him ask: Isn't it time we rebooted our approach to cybersecurity risk prevention?
Payment fraud continues to evolve during the COVID-19 pandemic, exploiting changing habits and behaviors of consumers. Melissa Gaddis of TransUnion, who has been tracking these changes, says one of the surprising changes concerns millennials: They're now fraudsters' top target.
Perceived wisdom is that mobile voting will be open to significant opportunities for interception, manipulation and nation-state interference. Nimit Sawney, CEO of Voatz, describes the architecture of a secure mobile voting system.
Beyond mere information sharing, collective defense is a concept that aligns public and private sectors in a unified front against cyber threats. Bill Swearingen of IronNet Cybersecurity defines the concept and how it's being employed today.
For an upcoming virtual roundtable, Alex Laurie of ForgeRock discusses the importance of digital identity management, the need for organizations to quickly and accurately register people, comply with privacy regulations and define and manage the level of risk involved.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report sizes up progress made so far on identity management and the work yet to be done. Also featured: how security concerns are holding back IoT projects and the privacy issues raised by recording videoconferences.
It's not just the latest marketing buzz. Confidential computing is an actual initiative focused on helping to secure data in use. But what are the uses cases? In part two of a two-part podcast, Richard Curran of Intel leads an expert panel discussion on the practice of confidential computing.
Confidential computing is an emerging industry initiative focused on helping to secure data in use. But how does one separate hype from reality? In part one of a two-part podcast, Richard Curran of Intel leads an expert panel discussion on the concept of confidential computing.
API attacks are on the rise, and Gartner predicts that APIs will be the top threat vector by 2022. Roey Eliyahu, CEO of Salt Security, discusses the trend and how to build a more effective API security strategy.
Verizon's Data Breach Investigations Report 2020 highlights the leading causes of breaches last year, including credential theft, phishing, ransomware as well as issues linked to cloud implementations and web applications. In an interview, Verizon's Ashish Thapar offers an in-depth analysis.
A 15-year-old identity framework originally designed for narrow use by pharmaceutical companies is being revamped and updated for broader use in healthcare, says Kyle Neuman, managing director of SAFE Identity, an industry consortium and certification body that's coordinating the project.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report analyzes why cyberattacks against banks have surged in recent weeks. Plus: The increasingly ruthless tactics of ransomware gangs; cybersecurity strategies for small businesses.
As cyberthreats to medical research on COVID-19 - and other intellectual property - grow, organzations must take critical steps to prevent the theft of their "innovation capital," says Russell Koste, chief security officer of Alexion Pharmaceuticals.
The American Medical Association has issued a set of privacy principles for health data that it hopes Congress and regulators will keep in mind as they prepare legislation and regulations. In an interview, AMA Board Chair Jesse Ehrenfeld, M.D., describes the recommendations.
Healthcare organizations need to diligently assess whether a security incident involving patient information truly qualifies as a reportable breach under HIPAA to avoid needlessly reporting it to federal regulators, says regulatory attorney Helen Oscislawski.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features Retired General Keith Alexander, former NSA director, discussing the long-term security implications of the shift to working from home. Also: an update on ransomware gangs leaking data and an analysis of using open source code for app development.
Besides hospitals and academic institutions, dozens of nonprofits, including nongovernmental organizations - or NGOs - around the world must protect their COVID-19 research and related activities from those seeking to steal data or disrupt their operations, says cyber risk management expert Stanley Mierzwa.
DevSecOps is in its "awkward teenage years," says Matthew Rose of Checkmarx. But with new tooling and automation - particularly application security testing tools - he sees the practice maturing quickly and delivering improved outcomes.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report discusses securing RDP to prevent ransomware attacks. Also featured: A look at three likely scenarios for the COVID19 pandemic, and an analysis of why we're still using PINs for certain card payments.
As manufacturers - including companies such as automakers that do not typically produce healthcare devices - race to help fill medical equipment shortages during the COVID-19 crisis, steps must be taken to ensure adequate security testing, says Fairuz Rafique of cybersecurity services firm EmberSec.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report analyzes the many challenges involved in developing and implementing contact-tracing apps to help in the battle against COVID-19. Also featured: A discussion of emerging privacy issues and a report on why account takeover fraud losses are growing.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report analyzes the rising costs of ransomware attacks and the latest victims. Also featured: An assessment of Australia's new contact-tracing app designed to help battle the spread of COVID-19, and a discussion of applying the "zero trust" model to the remote workforce.
Vistra Energy, a Texas-based power generation firm, recently underwent a network transformation project. CISO Paul Reyes, joined by Zscaler's Dan Shelton, opens up on how to make the move to cloud-based models and what it can do to support your business.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report analyzes the privacy issues raised by COVID-19 contact-tracing apps. Also featured: An update on efforts to fight fraud tied to economic stimulus payments; John Kindervag on the origins of "zero trust."
Modern enterprises are large and complex - and so are their IT environments. How does this complexity translate to securing access in hybrid environments? Frederico Hakamine of Okta breaks down the challenge and discusses solutions.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report offers a discussion of the potential insider threats posed by the remote workforce during the COVID-19 crisis. Also featured: An update on payment fraud shifts and the long-term outlook for the cybersecurity market.
As healthcare organizations navigate the COVID-19 crisis, they should take critical steps to improve their security posture and third-party security risk governance, says consultant Brenda Ferraro, the former CISO at Meritain Health, an Aetna subsidiary.
The ransomware threat has scaled up to match the new remote workforce. But have backup policies and incident recovery procedures improved to keep pace? David Shaw and John Bilotti of Nasuni share tips on ransomware recovery, remote file-sharing and business continuity.
As the COVID-19 crisis continues, healthcare organizations need to ramp up efforts to mitigate the threats posed by cybercriminals who are trying to exploit the chaos, says attorney Jason G. Weiss, a cyber forensics expert and retired FBI agent.
As some cities and states recruit retired healthcare professionals, new medical school graduates and clinicians from other regions to assist in their COVID-19 responses, it's critical to ensure these workers understand the importance of protecting patient information, says privacy attorney Iliana Peters.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report discusses the cybersecurity challenges posed by the work-at-home shift. Also featured: Tips from NIST on developing remote worker security policies, plus a discussion of the nascent threat of AI meeting assistants.
Enterprises globally recognize the challenge of third-party cyber risk, but they still struggle with the risk management. Dave Stapleton of CyberGRX discusses the elements of a mature program, including the role of risk ratings.
As healthcare organizations across the U.S. respond to the COVID-19 crisis, the list of security and privacy challenges CISOs face continues to grow. Mitch Parker, CISO of Indiana University Health, provides an update on the changing risk management landscape.
AI meeting assistants present increasing risks as more companies rely on teleconferencing during the COVID-19 pandemic, says U.K.-based Steve Marshall, CISO at Bytes Technology, an IT and cybersecurity consultancy, who discusses risk mitigation steps.
"Passwordless authentication" is one of the hot cybersecurity topics, but who's actually implemented it - and how? Jeff Carpenter of HID Global discusses the business benefits and the future of passwordless authentication.
With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing large portions of the workforce to shift to telework, CISOs need to rethink corporate policies on the use of video conferencing platforms and other communications tools, says NIST's Jeff Greene, who offers risk mitigation advice.
As global enterprises get their arms around supporting and securing a near-total remote workforce, their digital adversaries are adapting - and so is the role of deception technology. Carolyn Crandall of Attivo Networks discusses how deception can help mitigate new risks.
What missteps led to hackers stealing details on 145 million Americans from Equifax in 2017? The answer to that question can be found in numerous reports and a Justice Department indictment. Security researcher Adrian Sanabria says they're essential reading for anyone responsible for cybersecurity defenses.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report offers an analysis of the phases businesses will go through in the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, plus an assessment of new risks resulting from the work-at-home shift and lessons learned from the Equifax breach.
With the U.S. presidential election now seven months away, how have threats to the campaigns evolved, and what impact might be seen from COVID-19? Brigadier General (retired) Francis X. Taylor, a leader of the U.S. CyberDome election security effort, shares an update.
APIs are ubiquitous in the enterprise today, being exposed to customers, partners and applications. But because they are relied on so heavily, they also are targeted by cybercriminals. Shreyans Mehta, co-founder and CTO of Cequence Security, discusses the API security challenge.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report analyzes how and why Russia is spreading disinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic. Plus: the latest CCPA regulation updates; a CISO's tips on securely managing a remote workforce.
As more consumers shift to online shopping during the COVID-19 pandemic, retailers must ramp up their efforts to guard against ecommerce payment fraud, says Toby McFarlane, a cybersecurity expert at CMSPI, a payments consultancy.
Recent HIPAA-related moves by federal regulators aim to improve information sharing and care coordination as the U.S. healthcare community battles the COVID-19 outbreak, says privacy attorney Kirk Nahra of the law firm WilmerHale. But some of the provisions could cause confusion, he notes.
Matt Barrett and Joe Drissell of U.S. Cyberdome discuss the new initiative to foster cross-campaign cybersecurity collaboration and the ramifications of potentially holding an election during social distancing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As automobile manufacturers and others rush to shift to production of ventilators and other medical equipment and supplies to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic, they must take steps to ensure security, privacy and safety risks are addressed, says technology attorney Steven Teppler.
COVID-19: Modern society has never seen anything like it, and neither have financial markets. Venture capitalist Alberto Yépez analyzes the impact of the disease caused by the new coronavirus on public and private companies' valuations, as well as technology buyers and the threat environment.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report analyzes how cybercriminals are exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic. Also featured: A discussion of potential 2020 election changes; tips for staying secure in a remote workplace.
With increasing demands on healthcare organizations to quickly accommodate a surge of teleworking employees as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, IT and information security departments need to exercise security vigilance, says former healthcare CIO Drex DeFord.
Quarantines, lockdowns, supply chain disruptions and the biggest remote workforce in history. These all part of the "new normal" in the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic. Business continuity expert Regina Phelps has some new advice for how businesses and individuals should approach the next crucial weeks.
It's no exaggeration to say that, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we now have the largest-ever global remote workforce. And with it comes an expanded attack surface that requires extra attention. Phil Reitinger of the Global Cyber Alliance shares five tips for securing the remote workforce.
The COVID-19 pandemic present new challenges to healthcare IT and security teams, including the need to reassess and adjust business continuity plans, says Christopher Frenz, who leads information security at New York's Interfaith Medical Center. He's chair of an industry committee that developed guidance.
In cybersecurity circles, multi-factor authentication today is considered table stakes. Yet, many organizations and users are hesitant to embrace MFA because of friction or other concerns. Corey Nachreiner and Marc Laliberte of WatchGuard Technologies dispel some of the MFA myths.
As enterprises increasingly enter the evolving multi-cloud environment, how should they re-think their approach to network detection and response? Ryan Davis of ExtraHop shares insight on how to navigate this new landscape.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report offers an analysis of cybersecurity and privacy issues raised by COVID-19 research efforts. Also featured: the latest ransomware trends and an investor's take on hot cybersecurity sectors.
Among the many cybersecurity and privacy risks involving the fast evolving global coronavirus outbreak are potential concerns related to the technology assessments during trial or vaccine research, says cyber risk management in global digital health expert Stanley Mierzwa of Kean University in Union, New Jersey.
Federal government agencies face unique cybersecurity risks, and as a result they often place tight restrictions on mobile devices in the workplace. Michael Campbell of Privoro says it's time to loosen these restrictions because they are negatively impacting missions, recruitment and retention.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report discusses the developing definition of "Insider Risk." Plus, Former DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff on U.S. 5G rollout plans; Cloud Security Alliance on containers and microservices.
So far, there have been 92,000 reported cases of coronavirus globally, with 3,200 deaths. Global markets have been rocked, and major employers are revisiting their plans for staffing, travel and conferences. What do the numbers and trends mean? Pandemic expert Regina Phelps analyzes the latest developments.
In May, new medical device regulations, including cybersecurity requirements, will take effect in the European Union. How do they compare with requirements in the U.S.? Attorneys Kim Roberts and Adam Solander offer an analysis.
This special edition of the ISMG Security Report focuses exclusively on the RSA 2020 conference. Featured are comments from former NSA Director Keith Alexander on "collective defense," plus a discussion on fighting payment fraud and a roundup of other important themes.
In an in-depth interview, privacy expert Caitlin Fennessy sorts through modified draft regulations to carry out the California Consumer Privacy Act that are designed to help businesses take a more pragmatic approach to privacy.
Implementing the concept of "privacy design" requires a series of critical steps, says Heikki Tolvanen, chief legal engineer at PrivacyAnt, a Finland-based privacy consulting firm, who offers insights on mistakes to avoid.
Globally, the coronavirus has infected more than 75,000 people and led to over 2,000 deaths. But business travelers should avoid panic, says pandemic expert Regina Phelps, who offers preventive health tips for those headed to international events, such as the RSA 2020 conference.
"The Human Element" is the theme of the RSA Conference 2020, but there are plenty of technology-rich topics in store for attendees, including session tracks that focus on election security, open source tools, product security and anti-fraud. Britta Glade, a conference director, previews the event.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report analyzes the indictments of four Chinese military officers in connection with the 2017 Equifax data breach. Also featured: Advice on implementing NIST's new privacy framework; lessons learned in a breach disclosure.
Although NIST's new privacy framework is agnostic toward any particular privacy law, "it gives organizations building blocks to help them meet any obligations under any particular law or jurisdiction" says Naomi Lefkovitz, a NIST senior privacy adviser.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report offers an analysis of the missteps that led to problems with the app used in this week's Democratic presidential caucuses in Iowa. Also featured: growing privacy concerns about facial recognition and business continuity tips for dealing with the coronavirus.
The coronavirus statistics are dizzying - as of Thursday, there were more than 28,000 infections and about 560 deaths. But the key stat to watch is the mortality rate, currently 2 percent, says pandemic expert Regina Phelps. How that number changes will dictate how business continuity leaders must respond.
As health data privacy concerns heat up to a boiling point on multiple fronts, it's more essential than ever that patients get a clear opportunity to make a choice about whether their data is shared, says privacy advocate Twila Brase, who heads the Citizens' Council for Health Freedom.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report discusses the ramifications of the U.K's decision to allow limited use of Huawei's equipment in 5G networks. Plus: Updates on Wawa's stolen card data offered for sale and nascent security threats from social networks and drones.
Dave DeWalt, former CEO of FireEye and McAfee, has been appointed vice chair of the board of Onapsis, a vendor focused on securing business-critical applications. In this exclusive interview, DeWalt opens up on application vulnerabilities, the evolution of the nation-state threat and technologies to watch in 2020.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report offers an analysis of fresh details on the hacking of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' iPhone. Also featured: an update on Microsoft's exposure of customer service records; a hacker's take on key areas of cyber hygiene.
Could satellites play a role in distributing next-generation encryption keys? Robert Bedington, CTO and co-founder at Singapore-based SpeQtral, describes quantum communications via satellites in this in-depth interview.
Deception technology is evolving as a powerful asset in the cybersecurity arsenal, providing significant advantages in being able to monitor an attacker's behavior, says Joseph Krull, senior analyst at Aite Group.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report discusses why Britain is struggling to determine whether to use China's Huawei technology in developing its 5G networks. Plus: An update on a mobile app exposing infant photos and videos online and an analyst's take on the future of deception technology.
While secure coding has always been an imperative, in a cloud-based environment, BMC Software's Rick Bosworth says it is especially critical since the liability does not rest with cloud services providers for secure configuration.
Five years ago, cybersecurity executive Dave Merkel called upon enterprises to shed their "peacetime" mindsets and adopt a "wartime" stance against persistent cybercriminals and nation-state actors. How have they risen to that challenge?
After a data breach, if individuals' stolen information is offered for sale on the dark web, that potentially bolsters class action lawsuits filed by plaintiffs against the breached organization, says technology attorney Steven Teppler of the law firm Mandelbaum Salsburg P.C.
Is it possible that a nation-state actor such as Iran could create a cybersecurity incident that compromises the U.S. power grid? Bernie Cowens, most recently CISO at the nation's largest electric utility, says that's unlikely because the power grid is more cybersecure than you might think.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report discusses "Orwellian" surveillance activity in 2020 via the ToTok app. Also featured: the controversy over enabling law enforcement to circumvent encryption; the cyberattack risks posed by IoT devices.
Researchers are attempting to develop new forms of cryptography that could not be cracked by powerful quantum computing devices that are in the works. Divesh Aggarwal, principal investigator at Singapore's Center for Quantum Technologies, describes the efforts.
Healthcare organizations need to carefully assess whether data they hold falls under the scope of the California Consumer Privacy Act, says attorney Anne Kimbol, assistant general counsel of HITRUST - especially now that the regulation's Jan. 1 compliance deadline has hit.
Complex, manual processes and disparate, disconnected tools make it difficult for security and IT teams to mount a cohesive response. Bryce Schroeder of ServiceNow discusses a more effective approach to vulnerability response.
In the wake of the killing of an Iranian general in a U.S. drone attack last week, organizations - especially healthcare entities and units of government that have been vulnerable to ransomware attacks - need to be on guard against destructive "wiper" attacks, says Caleb Barlow of CynergisTek.
Zero Trust has become a cybersecurity marketing buzzword. But Kelsey Nelson of Okta sheds light on the realities of the Zero Trust approach, with a specific focus on the identity and access management component of the strategy.
From past roles at the Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, Microsoft and Sony, Phil Reitinger has learned more than a thing or two about nation-states and cyber threats. In this exclusive interview, the head of the Global Cyber Alliance discusses how to respond to potential new threats from Iran.
Following the U.S. killing of Iran's Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani last week, security experts have warned of possible retaliatory cyber strikes. Tom Kellermann of VMware believes those attacks are imminent. "The period of mourning is over, and I think the holy war in American cyberspace is yet to begin."