Within a month, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security hopes to launch a program to help states protect voter registration databases and systems in advance of the 2020 presidential election. Security experts say that in light of recent ransomware attacks against units of government, the effort is overdue.
Patch or perish redux: Hackers are unleashing automated attacks to find and exploit known flaws in SSL VPNs manufactured by Fortinet and Pulse Secure to steal passwords. The exploits come despite both vendors having released patches several months ago - Pulse Secure in April, Fortinet in May.
Ransomware-wielding attackers continue to target not just big businesses and large government agencies, but increasingly their smaller counterparts too. In Texas, officials say a campaign tied to a "single threat actor" infected 22 local government agencies on Friday.
Progressive companies seeking to improve their security are increasingly adopting bug bounty programs. The theory is that rewarding outside researchers improves security outcomes. But in practice, bug bounty programs can be messy and actually create perverse incentives, says bug-hunting expert Katie Moussouris.
Deception technology is attractive in that it offers - in theory - low false positives and critical clues to attackers' methodologies. But the benefits depend on its ability to fool attackers and whether organizations can spare the time to fine-tune it.
Microsoft has released a set of patches for two newly discovered BlueKeep-like vulnerabilities in a number of Windows operating systems. The "wormable" bugs in remote desktop services permit propagation of malware from one compromised device to others, the company reports.
As cyber defenders position themselves to support the strategic business directions of their organizations' consumption of cloud technologies, it is critical to have:
Appropriate end-to-end visibility and monitoring;
Threat detection for anomalous user or entity behaviors;
Ability to detect risky configurations,...
More than two months after Microsoft issued the first warnings about the BlueKeep vulnerability, many enterprises have a spotty record when it comes to patching for this particularly worrisome flaw, new research from SecurityScorecard finds. Financial services companies have fared better than those in other sectors.
Capital One's enormous data breach is a subject of intense scrutiny as well as fear. A definitive post mortem is likely months away. But security professionals have ideas as to how the breach was achieved and the weaknesses that led to it.
Some 23 federal agencies come up short in their cybersecurity efforts even as attacks on their IT infrastructures continue to grow and concerns about foreign interference in the upcoming 2020 elections persist, according to a Government Accountability Office report.
The U.S. Department of Defense has purchased IT gear known to have significant cybersecurity vulnerabilities, according to a new inspector general audit, which also highlights concerns about the use of equipment manufactured in China.
Many organizations use Active Directory as their domain network management tool of choice. But security experts warn that without locking down and regularly auditing AD, the ease of use that it provides to network administrators can also be tapped by hackers. Start here for essential defenses.
Warning: Attackers are abusing poorly secured and managed implementations of Microsoft Windows Active Directory to hack organizations and distribute ransomware. Fewer old operating systems and greater Active Directory security knowledge are helping mitigate the threat. But experts say more must be done.