The U.S. National Security Agency is the latest intelligence agency to warn that unpatched flaws in three vendors' VPN servers are being actively exploited by nation-state attackers. Security experts say such alerts, which are rare, are a clear sign that serious damage is being caused.
Amidst a multi-city tour, ISMG and Sonatype visited Boston for an engaging discussion on how to mitigate risks introduced by open source software. Sonatype CMO Matt Howard discusses how the conversation highlights the offense vs. defense approaches to securing critical applications.
Rather than focusing solely on rankings offered by the common vulnerability scoring system, or CVSS, when setting priorities for risk mitigation, organizations need to size up the specific potential risks that vulnerabilities pose to their critical assets, according to a new report from RiskSense.
"Cyberattacks are one of the unfortunate realities of doing business today," reads gaming company Zynga's data breach notification, thus breaking the first rule of crisis management: Own your mistakes. Hacker Gnosticplayers claims the company was still storing passwords using outdated SHA1.
Technology companies often don't build in controls to protect privacy during the application development process, says Jason Cronk, a lawyer and privacy engineer. But using "privacy by design" principles during software development can help avoid trouble, he says.
Facebook says it has suspended tens of thousands of apps as part of its ongoing investigation into data misuse that grew out of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The company won't disclose the affected apps, but an unsealed court filing says it has suspended 69,000.
Click2Gov municipal payment portals for eight U.S. cities were compromised after an apparent vulnerability in the software. More than 20,000 stolen payment card records have turned up in underground markets, says Gemini Advisory.
Deception technology has emerged as a hot practice - but not one that is necessarily on every enterprise's budgeting radar. Don Gray, CTO of PacketViper, talks about the emergence of deception technology and how security leaders can make the case - and find the budget - for its usage.
A widely used brand of GPS location-tracking devices - for keeping tabs on children, elderly relatives and pets - have security flaws that could allow anyone with an internet connection to track the devices' real-time location and historical movements, warns security firm Avast.
How do organizations know if their app and network security is sufficient to protect them from data breaches - or if their defenses are even working? Paul Dant of Arxan talks about the evolution of mobile/web app security.
Researchers at Kaspersky discovered malware hiding in advertising within a recent version of the popular CamScanner app for Android smartphones. Over the years, the app has been downloaded over 100 million times from the Google Play store.
Since at least 2016, hacked websites have targeted zero-day flaws in current versions of Apple iOS to surreptitiously implant data-stealing and location-tracking malware, says Google's Project Zero team. Apple patched the latest vulnerabilities in February.
A "zero trust" security model makes it easier to manage application access and protect against malicious users, but the rollout of the model must be managed in a very organized way, says Mani Sundaram, CIO and EVP, Global Services and Support, at Akamai Technologies.
Choice Hotels says about 700,000 guest records were exposed after one of its vendors copied data from its systems. Fraudsters discovered the unsecured database and tried to hold the hotel chain to ransom, which it ignored.