Bobby Ford of Hewlett Packard Enterprise says that too often when an organization engages with security, it happens in an ad hoc way. He describes his mission to create a Cybersecurity Center of Excellence to streamline the organization's security incident management and response processes.
In the 20 years since the Sept. 11, 2001, al Qaida terrorist attacks on targets in the U.S., the need to shore up critical infrastructure and build resilience into systems remains a priority. But over the past two decades, concerns about physical threats have been displaced by cyber concerns.
The possibility of a terrorist group launching a massive Sept. 11, 2001-scale cyberattack against the U.S. or an ally has been a concern for years, but cybersecurity pros with a background in intelligence and military affairs say such worries are likely unwarranted.
In the latest weekly update, four editors at Information Security Media Group discuss important cybersecurity issues, including how ransomware affiliates change operators and why terrorists aren't launching massive cyberattacks.
"Silence is gold." So says ransomware operator Ragnar Locker, as it attempts to compel victims to pay its ransom demand without ever telling anyone - especially not police. But some ransomware-battling experts have been advocating the opposite, including mandatory reporting of all ransom payments.
The White House is preparing executive branch agencies to adopt "zero trust" network architectures by 2024, with CISA and the OMB overseeing the creation of technology road maps that departments must follow. This is a major component of President Biden's cybersecurity executive order.
Last weekend’s confirmed attack on the Jenkins project using a recently discovered vulnerability in the Atlassian Confluence server could be the tip of the iceberg, suggests a security researcher who says thousands of Confluence servers remain vulnerable.
On Aug. 25, President Joe Biden invited about 25 technology, insurance, finance and education executives to the White House to discuss pressing cybersecurity issues such as supply chain and critical infrastructure. One of those participants was Resilience CEO Vishaal Hariprasad.
Attackers are actively exploiting a flaw in Microsoft Windows for which no patch is yet available. Microsoft has issued workarounds and mitigations designed to block the zero-day attack for the flaw in the MSHTML browsing engine, which is being exploited via malicious Microsoft Office documents.
Researchers say a pro-China influence operation leveraging a network of fake social media accounts has expanded, promoting in-person protests and narratives around COVID-19 and U.S. domestic policy, according to Mandiant, which does not definitively attribute the activity to the Chinese government.
Google has identified three critical vulnerabilities affecting several Netgear smart switch products that, if exploited, give the attacker complete control over the compromised device. Netgear has issued a security advisory confirming that it has issued patches for 20 impacted products.
Key challenges from the recent State of Cybersecurity 2021 report include "integrating risk with maturity and keeping up with industry trends," says Jenai Marinkovic, member of the ISACA Emerging Trends Working Group.
An Australian software engineer warns that he was able to create a fake digital COVID-19 vaccine certificate via the government's Express Medicare Plus app, and that the agency in charge has so far failed to acknowledge his bug report. He recommends Australia instead copy the EU's QR code system.
The Ragnar Locker ransomware operation has been threatening to dump victims' stolen data if they contact police, private investigators or professional negotiators before paying a ransom. But as one expert notes: "Perhaps the criminals watched too many TV shows, because this isn’t how the real world works."
The most sought-after type of victim for ransomware-wielding attackers is a large, U.S.-based business with at least $100 million in revenue, not operating in the healthcare or education sector, with remote access available via remote desktop protocol or VPN credentials, threat intelligence firm Kela reports.