Yet another study reveals that millions of people are picking weak passwords, with "123456" remaining our collective favorite. Rules requiring stronger passwords and not forcing passwords to expire both could help boost security.
A list of "super user" passwords - and a default username - now circulating online appears to allow unauthorized access to some webcam video streams, security researchers warn. If confirmed, it would be yet another massive internet of things security failure by a device manufacturer.
A U.K. Information Commissioner's report on its investigation into a 2015 TalkTalk breach offers essential information security takeaways for any organization that wants to avoid being breached, says David Stubley of 7 Elements.
Localized skimming attacks, whether waged against ATMs or self-service gas pumps, continue to wreak havoc on banks and credit unions. And we're likely to see an uptick in 2017 as fraudsters ramp up their efforts to cash in.
A federal court recently ruled that the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which is led by a single director, is unconstitutional. Cybersecurity attorney Chris Pierson assesses whether the potential restructuring of the CFPB could have any impact on the bureau's oversight of banks.
The National Governors Association, in a new road map for improving nationwide secure health data exchange, proposes that states attempt to better align their privacy laws to the federal HIPAA Privacy Rule to help remove legal barriers.
Over the years, HHS has released several guidance documents, but all are weak and without mandates as it relates to identity management and authentication of entities accessing protected health information. Guidance typically includes words like "may" and "should," but rarely include words like "shall" or "must."
Leading the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report: an analysis of the impact on healthcare information security and privacy of the 21st Century Cares Act, which President Obama signed into law Dec. 13. Also, a report on the spread of malvertising and an update on the Bangladesh Bank cyber heist.
Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube have promised to contribute to a shared database containing hashes - digital fingerprints - of images and videos that promote hatred or terror to facilitate more rapid takedowns. But does the project go far enough?
Score one for preparation: In the wake of a ransomware attack that infected 900 workstations, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency says it's restoring affected systems, vowing to not give the attackers a single bitcoin of their ransom demand.
The latest ISMG Security Report leads with a look at how to protect patient data should President-elect Donald Trump and the Republican-led Congress follow through with their promise to dismantle Obamacare. Also featured is a discussion of whether IoT security should be regulated.
If President-elect Donald Trump fulfills a campaign promise to repeal Obamacare - which could result in the dismantling of HealthCare.gov and state health insurance exchanges - great caution will be needed to protect the data of millions of consumers contained in those systems.