The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of the cybersecurity challenges the Biden administration must address. Also featured: payments security advice from Verizon; the outlook for the lifting of restrictions tied to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Microsoft researchers are offering fresh details on the SolarWinds hackers' extensive efforts to remain hidden, which gave them more time to fully penetrate systems, move laterally through networks and exfiltrate data in follow-on attacks.
President-elect Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion plan for COVID-19 relief includes nearly $10 billion in cybersecurity and IT spending. Some security experts hope the amount as just a "down payment" toward a broader effort.
The U.S. Capitol siege and the impeachment of President Trump are being exploited for disinformation purposes ahead of Inauguration Day by Russia, Iran and China, a U.S. joint threat assessment reportedly warns. But in terms of violence, domestic extremists are the principal threat.
A recent phishing campaign tied to an Iranian hacking group known as "Charming Kitten" used SMS and email messages to spread malicious links in an attempt to steal email credentials in the U.S., Europe and the Persian Gulf region, security firm Certfa Lab reports.
As thousands of National Guard troops pour into Washington to provide security for the Jan. 20 inauguration of Joe Biden as president, cybersecurity analysts are calling attention to the need to defend against cyber incidents as well.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report describes new details emerging from the SolarWinds supply chain hack investigation. Also featured: A discussion of why security education is so crucial in 2021 and tips on how to retain security and operations center analysts.
A new leaks site claims to be selling data from Cisco, FireEye, Microsoft and SolarWinds that was stolen via the SolarWinds supply chain attack. Security experts question whether the offer is legitimate and note that it parallels previous efforts, including by Russia, designed to foil hack attack attribution.
Investigators probing the supply chain attack that hit SolarWinds say attackers successfully hacked the company's Microsoft Visual Studio development tools to add a backdoor into Orion network monitoring security software builds. They warn that other vendors may have been similarly subverted.
The "Sunburst" backdoor deployed in the breach of SolarWinds' Orion network monitoring tool uses some of the same code found in the "Kazuar" backdoor, which security researchers have previously tied to Russian hackers, the security firm Kaspersky reports.
The U.S. Department of State has announced plans to create a Bureau of Cyberspace Security and Emerging Technologies to enhance its security and help it deal with international cybersecurity issues. But it remains to be seen if those plans will be carried out by the incoming Biden administration.
As security software firm SolarWinds investigates the supply chain attack involving its Orion software and looks to rebuild its security processes and reputation, it's hired former U.S. cybersecurity czar Chris Krebs and former Facebook CSO Alex Stamos as advisers.
This edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of the very latest information about the SolarWinds hack. Also featured are discussions of "zero trust" for the hybrid cloud environment and data privacy regulatory trends.