Four ISMG editors discuss: how too many organizations fail to implement basic cybersecurity defenses - such as MFA; a proposed lawsuit against health insurer Excellus that calls for an improvement to its data security program; and strategies for securing open-source and other software components.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of whether a new ransomware operation is a spinoff of the notorious REvil or simply copying the group's moves; how Maersk responded to the NotPetya wiper malware attack; and essential incident response skills.
Despite Western governments' increased focus on disrupting ransomware, the quantity of new victims doesn't appear to have declined, at least so far. But multiple experts say that nation-state efforts to combat cybercrime syndicates are still picking up speed and may well yet have an impact.
The security world continues its fight against potential widespread exploitation of the critical remote code execution vulnerability - tracked as CVE-2021-44229 - in Apache's Log4j software library, versions 2.0-beta9 to 2.14.1, known as "Log4Shell" and "Logjam." This is a digest of ISMG's updates.
Kyle Flaherty has worked with a range of companies, changing the worlds of big data, IoT, BYOD, SaaS, open-source software, network security, fraud detection, data analytics, marketing automation and network management. He weighs in on brands and how metrics feed different audiences.
Has the notorious REvil, aka Sodinokibi, ransomware operation rebooted as "Ransom Cartel"? Security experts say the new group has technical and other crossovers with REvil. But whether the new group is a spinoff of REvil, bought the tools, or is simply copying how they work, remains unclear.
Although flaws in Apache Log4j software that need remediating remain widespread in organizations, "some of them are aware of the issue, some of them aren't aware of the issue, and likely this issue is going to be persisting with us for many, many years," says Jeff Macko, an offensive security expert at Kroll.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of whether the cyberattacks that hit Ukraine's government agencies last week are attributable to any group or nation-state along with updates to the cybersecurity executive order and illicit cryptocurrency trends.
Michael Lines is working with ISMG to promote awareness of the need for cyber risk management. As a part of that initiative, CyberEdBoard posts draft chapters from his upcoming book, "Heuristic Risk Management: Be Aware, Get Prepared, Defend Yourself." This chapter is "Recognize the Threats."
Attackers have been actively targeting Log4j vulnerabilities, or Log4Shell, vulnerabilities in the servers of virtualization solution VMware Horizon to establish persistent access via web shells, according to an alert by the U.K. National Health Service.
Because healthcare IT environments are so complicated, it will become essential for all suppliers to provide and maintain a software bill of materials for their products to remain relevant, says Curt Miller of the Healthcare Supply Chain Association.
GAO auditors say in a new report that the federal government's response to both the SolarWinds software supply chain attack and the exploitation of Microsoft Exchange Servers in 2021 sharpened its coordination efforts, but also exposed information-sharing gaps.
In the latest weekly update, four editors at Information Security Media Group discuss important cybersecurity issues, including the importance of incident repose planning; the worldwide impact of the LOg4j flaw, which may lead to 2022 being the year of the SBOM; and the increasingly blurred line between conventional...
Russian authorities have arrested 14 individuals suspected of being part of the notorious REvil, aka Sodinokibi, ransomware operation. Russia's Federal Security Agency, the FSB, said it used intelligence provided by the U.S. to help identify the suspects.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of how attackers are distributing Night Sky crypto-locking malware to exploit Log4j vulnerabilities, lessons learned from Log4j and a security flaw that affects some Tesla-built vehicles.