An analysis of China's surging hack attacks as part of an economic espionage campaign leads the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report. Also: Choosing the right MSSP, plus an analysis of the recent hijacking of Google traffic.
Voting in the United States carries a huge privacy cost: states give away or sell voters' personal information to anyone who wants it. In this era of content micro-targeting, rampant misinformation and identity theft schemes, this trade in voters' personal data is both dangerous and irresponsible.
French film production and distribution company Pathe fired the two senior managers overseeing its Dutch operations after they fell victim to a business email compromise scam and approved $21 million in transfers to fraudsters. Many organizations remain at high risk from such scams.
How can organizations get the most out of partnering with managed security services providers and avoid common pitfalls? Cybersecurity consultant Vito Sardanopoli, an experienced CISO, offers top tips.
Once again, a supposedly secure service allegedly marketed to criminals has proven to have limits. Dutch police have busted a "cryptophone" operation, allowing them to decrypt more than 258,000 encrypted chat messages, leading to a drug lab bust, 14 arrests and the seizure of cash, drugs and weapons.
As ransomware and other cyberattacks continues to proliferate, organizations must improve vendor risk management so they have a plan in place in case a business associate falls victim, says Mitch Parker, CISO of Indiana University Health System, who will speak at ISMG's Healthcare Security Summit in New York.
An Iowa eye clinic and its affiliated surgery center recently recovered from a ransomware attack on their common systems within one day and without paying a ransom. This case offers important reminders to other healthcare entities and their vendors about advance planning.
Organizations must carefully monitor that their business associates are adequately addressing data security to help guard against breaches, says Mark Eggleston, CISO at Health Partners Plans, who will speak on vendor risk management at ISMG's Healthcare Security Summit, to be held Nov. 13-14 in New York.
With at least 20 billion new consumer devices set to be internet-connected by 2020, initiatives in the U.K. and California are trying to ensure that as many IoT devices as possible will be out-of-the-box secure, for starters by not shipping with default passwords.
Healthcare organizations often fail to address five fundamental elements of a solid cybersecurity program, says security expert Mark Johnson of the consultancy LBMC Information Security, who formerly was CISO at Vanderbilt University and Medical Center.
Because business associates have been culprits in heath data breaches impacting millions of individuals, healthcare entities need to be diligent in taking steps to reduce the persistent risks these vendors pose, says privacy and security expert Susan Lucci.
Security ratings are increasingly popular as a means of selecting cybersecurity vendors. But Ryan Davis at CA Veracode also uses BitSight's ratings as a means of benchmarking his own organization for internal and external uses.
Why did CISOs at a half-dozen leading healthcare organizations launch a new council aimed at standardizing vendor security risk management? One of those CISOs, John Houston of UPMC, explains why the group was launched, how it will work and why managing cloud vendor risks is a top priority.
A new council of healthcare CISOs hopes to work together toward improving uniformity and efficiency in the way organizations review the security controls and practices of third-party vendors that handle sensitive patient data.