In this edition of the ISMG Security Report, former federal CISO Gregory Touhill explains why a zero-trust security model is essential, and Ron Ross of NIST describes initiatives to protect critical infrastructure from IoT vulnerabilities.
Personal information for 1,000 North Korean defectors, including their names and addresses, has been stolen via a malware attack, officials in South Korea warn. They've traced the leak to a malware infection at a refugee resettlement center, and say police continue to investigate.
Digital steganography is the practice of hiding information in plain sight, especially inside other data or images. And a new toolset, which debuted earlier this month at the Black Hat Europe conference, suggests steganography is going to get much more difficult to spot.
In an increasingly complex world of interconnected information systems and devices, more must be done to protect critical infrastructure, says Ron Ross of the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Efforts to protect privacy must be carefully balanced against the need to practically implement advanced technologies, argues Jared Ragland, senior director for policy in APAC at BSA/The Software Alliance, an advocacy group for software companies.
Facebook violated consumer protection law by failing to protect personal data that consumers thought they'd locked down, the District of Columbia alleges in a new lawsuit. Plus, Facebook is disputing a New York Times report that it ignored privacy settings and shared data with large companies without consent.
As India's Parliament prepares to finalize a privacy and data protection law in the weeks ahead, there's still no consensus among security practitioners about what approach the legislation should take. But the government should ensure all companies comply with clearly defined standards - or face punishment.
Twitter says that an unspecified number of its users may have been targeted by state-sponsored hackers seeking to unmask their identity. Separately, Trend Micro says Twitter has blocked an account that was posting image memes designed to remotely control malware-infected PCs.
DigiCert just conducted a global study of how organizations across sectors are approaching IoT security. What are some of the best practices of the organizations that emphasize securing connected devices? Mike Nelson of DigiCert shares the findings.
Super Micro Computer says a third-party audit of its recent and older motherboards has not turned up evidence of a spying chip as alleged in an explosive report two months ago by Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Bloomberg, however, has stood by its story despite no physical example of the malicious chip turning up.
The lack of standardization is one of the significant challenges when securing OT environments. Customizing and aligning OT security with the business is key, says Uday Deshpande, CISO at Mumbai-based L&T Group.