A failure to patch systems and slipups that lead to insider threats are two major causes of breaches in the healthcare sector that need to be urgently addressed, says Anahi Santiago of Christiana Care Health System.
Marriott's mega-breach underscores the challenges companies face in securing systems that come from acquisitions as well as simply storing too much consumer data for too long, computer security experts say. Meanwhile, the hotel giant has yet to answer many pressing data breach questions.
A formal security program that spells out precise governance components is critical to protecting sensitive data, says Vito Sardanopoli, who served on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Healthcare Industry Cybersecurity Task Force.
Because phishing attacks are so pervasive, aggressive staff educational efforts are essential, says Richard Conti of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, who also discusses other risk mitigation steps.
The Marriott hotel chain has announced its Starwood guest reservation database has been hacked, potentially exposing up to 500 million accounts. The unauthorized access to the database started in 2014, the company says.
Dell and Dunkin Donuts have both initiated password resets after experiencing separate security incidents aimed at gaining access to customer accounts. The impacts of the attacks, however, appear to be limited.
DDoS attacks against healthcare organizations have increased not only in size and scale, but especially in complexity, says Tom Bienkowski of Netscout Arbor. How can enterprises build upon their traditional DDoS defenses?
Organizations in all sectors struggle with mitigating the insider threat, but it's an acute concern in healthcare, where patients' lives are at stake. Pete Nourse of Veriato outlines specific threats to this sector.
With the Cosmos bank attack still fresh in memory, some security experts are urging the Reserve Bank of India to take immediate steps to upgrade the security capabilities of banks. For example, they want banks to do away with user-based one-time passwords delivered via text messages.
The latest version of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework - Version 1.1 - includes more information on supply chain risk management, authentication, authorization, identity proofing and self-assessing cybersecurity risk management, says Matthew Barrett of the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
A federal grand jury has indicted two Iranians for allegedly waging SamSam ransomware attacks on more than 200 entities, including Atlanta and other municipalities and six healthcare organizations. They collected $6 million in ransoms and caused more than $30 million in losses to victims, U.S. prosecutors allege.
Consumer organizations in seven countries plan to file complaints alleging that Google is violating the EU's General Data Protection Regulation via its location, web and app activity tracking, in what could be a blow to the search giant's lucrative but data-hungry targeted advertising business.