In a busy congressional day for cybersecurity legislation, the U.S. House of Representatives passed several bills on Wednesday, targeting both software supply chain and telecommunication system security. One observer describes them as "a win-win for the government and U.S. citizens."
When a business, government agency or other organization hit by ransomware opted to pay a ransom to its attacker in Q3, the average payment was $140,000, reports ransomware incident response firm Coveware. It says the attack landscape has seen some notable shifts since the Colonial Pipeline attack.
In a report published earlier this week, (ISC)² - the international non-profit association that certifies cybersecurity professionals - says minority security practitioners, including people of color and women, are underrepresented in the field and offers practical steps to address the issues.
Reporting security vulnerabilities to organizations with no disclosure policies can be fraught with tension. In the worst conflicts, security researchers could face lawsuits or even prosecution. Experts say laws should provide a safe harbor for responsible security research.
Ransomware and nation-state threats are daunting. But the threat that concerns Mustapha Kebbeh the most is supply chain risk. The Brinks CISO discusses how he has tackled this, as well as the challenges of tool complexity and peer collaboration.
To mark Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the National Cyber Security Alliance and U.K. based behavioral science and data analytics company, CybSafe, have released their Annual Cybersecurity Attitudes and Behaviors Report 2021, which uncovers key trends, behaviors and habits among tech users.
A spate of ransomware incidents affecting the education sector has led to the loss of student coursework, financial records and data relating to COVID-19 testing. Matthew Trump, senior IT security officer for the University of London, U.K., outlines incident response strategies.
Accenture says an online attack against it that it first disclosed in August resulted in "the extraction of proprietary information by a third party, some of which was made available to the public by the third party." The LockBit 2.0 ransomware operation has taken credit for the attack and dumping data.
A data breach affecting MakerBot's Thingiverse 3D printing repository website is far bigger than what the company has acknowledged, a former employee claims. Upwards of 2 million users may have been affected by the breach, which left their 3D printers at risk of being hijacked.
In this update, four editors discuss key cybersecurity issues, including addressing the complexity of security, the rising number of victims targeted by double extortion ransomware and the Information Commissioner's Office's recent consultation on creating an international data transfer agreement.
A free decryptor for BlackByte ransomware has been released by security researchers at Trustwave who cracked the crypto-locking malware's encryption. But they say that unfortunately, the underlying encryption problem is likely in the process of already being fixed by the malware's developer.
A newspaper reporter in Missouri who responsibly reported the exposure of Social Security numbers on a state government website has been accused of malicious hacking by the state's governor. The governor alleged the publication of the vulnerability after it was fixed was part of a "political vendetta."
Australia plans to require businesses with more than $10 million in revenue to report ransomware attacks to the government, part of a comprehensive strategy to fight the attacks that also includes new criminal penalties and assistance to victims. The plan would need to be passed by Parliament.
John O'Driscoll is the first CISO for the Australian state of Victoria, a job that has purview over 1,900 entities with 340,000 public servants. He's an expert in risk and audit, and that has subsequently lead to interesting conversations about who is accountable for risk and how to manage risk.
A flurry of hacking incidents and other recent breach developments highlight the cyberthreats and risks facing fertility healthcare and other related specialty providers that handle sensitive patient information.