In the wake of reports that 65 million stolen credentials from micro-blogging platform Tumblr have surfaced online, following 117 million LinkedIn credentials, it's clear that 2016 is fast becoming the year of what one security expert dubs "historical mega breaches."
Since California passed its pioneering data breach notification law in 2003, many other states and some countries have followed suit. Here's a closer look at the status of breach notification requirements in four regions.
The breach notification site LeakedSource claims that social networking website MySpace has been hacked, with 360 million credentials containing 427 million encrypted passwords compromised. But LeakedSource acknowledges the age of the credentials is unknown. And the veracity of the data remains in question.
Troy Hunt, who runs one of the most prominent services for discovering if your data has been exposed in a breach, shares his thoughts on LinkedIn's recent breach and how his approach to disseminating data breach details continues to evolve.
Start preparing immediately for the EU's new General Data Protection Regulation - even though it doesn't go into force for two more years - because it mandates a number of new privacy and security requirements, warns cybersecurity expert Brian Honan.
Stu Sjouwerman, CEO of KnowBe4, has seen first-hand the devastating impact of ransomware on healthcare entities. And he knows traditional defenses aren't enough to ward off attackers. What's needed is a whole new approach to user education.
Identity and access management should empower businesses, satisfying customers and other stakeholders who need secure access to an enterprise's data and systems, says security expert Jeremy Grant, former leader at the federal government's National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace.
As Europe counts down to implementing its General Data Protection Regulation, which will require EU-wide data breach notifications for the first time, similar efforts to enact a single federal law in the United States remain stalled.
LinkedIn failed to force all users to reset their passwords after a 2012 breach of at least 6.5 million credentials came to light. But it turns out the breach actually compromised 167 million accounts. Whoops.
After blaming a recent spate of bank robberies on banks' poor information security practices, SWIFT has changed its tune. Now it says it wants to help financial firms spot related fraud and better share information about unfolding threats.
Neither Australia nor New Zealand currently has laws on the books requiring organizations to notify people affected by data breaches. But both countries do say they are committed to introducing that requirement.
Data today is money - especially in financial services, where account data is every hacker's target. How, then, can institutions mask that data and protect it when it's in non-production environments? Mike Logan of Delphix offers new insights.
The Swiss government says that online attackers used a variant of "Turla" malware - previously tied to campaigns with suspected Russian intelligence ties - to steal at least 23 GB of sensitive information from state-owned defense firm RUAG.
After Kansas Heart Hospital suffered a ransomware infection and paid the demanded ransom, its attackers demanded more. At that point, the hospital reportedly declined to comply, relying instead on its pre-prepared backup and recovery plan.
Too few organizations have in-house incident response teams. As a result, they lack the native ability to even detect evolving threats, such as ransomware, says Ann Barron-DiCamillo of Strategic Cyber Ventures in this video interview. What are the must-have response capabilities?