Iran is increasing its malicious cyber activity against the U.S, which could manifest in attacks that render computers unusable, a top U.S. cybersecurity official says. The warning comes after the U.S. reportedly targeted Iranian computer systems in response to the downing of a surveillance drone.
Hackers have repeatedly stolen valuable data - including launch codes and flight trajectories for spacecraft - from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in recent years, according to a new inspector general audit, which describes weak security practices.
The early days of email attacks - so much noise in the form of malware, spam and links - have given way to attacks that often rely on little more than words, and email gateways often struggle to arrest social engineering ploys, says Michael Flouton of Barracuda Networks.
Many cybersecurity tools are designed to block or allow specific activities based on prescribed rules, but with insider breaches continuing, enterprise protection also requires real-time reaction to actual user behavior, says Carl Leonard of Forcepoint.
Attackers crave insider-level access to IT infrastructure and regularly target insiders - and especially administrators- to steal their credentials, says BeyondTrust's Karl Lankford, who advises organizations to ensure they manage, monitor and audit all privileged access.
Provisioning and deprovisioning employee credentials is a critical component of mitigating insider threats, says Andrew Clarke of One Identity, who discusses the importance of identity and access management.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report analyzes the security and privacy implications of Facebook's new digital currency - Libra. Also featured: Discussions on the rise of machine learning and IT and OT collaboration on cybersecurity.
When migrating systems, data and applications to the cloud, a critical security step is to involve compliance auditors in the process as early as possible, says Thien La, CISO at Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield. He'll be a featured speaker at ISMG's Healthcare Security Summit on June 25 in New York.
The city of Riviera Beach, Florida, has agreed to pay hackers about $600,000 in bitcoin to end a ransomware attack that crippled the city's IT infrastructure for nearly a month. In another recent incident, Baltimore refused to pay a ransom after an attack and faces $18 million in recovery costs so far.
Bad news for anyone who might have hoped that the data breach problem was getting better. "Anecdotally, it just feels like we're seeing a massive increase recently," says Troy Hunt, the creator of the free "Have I Been Pwned?" breach-notification service. Unfortunately, he says, the problem is likely to worsen.
Bug bounty myths: All such programs must be public, run nonstop, pay cash to bug-spotters and allow anyone to join. But HackerOne's Laurie Mercer says such programs often run as private, invitation-only and time-limited endeavors, sometimes offering only swag or public recognition.
Organizations that want to ensure they have a solid cybersecurity strategy must ensure they rigorously pursue best practices, monitor their infrastructure, eliminate vulnerabilities as well as prepare for the worst, says Andrew Gogarty of Secon Cyber.