The attackers behind SamSam ransomware have been focusing not on infecting individuals' computers, but rather the systems of large organizations that they hope will pay for a "volume discount" - in one case, $46,000 - to decrypt all of their systems at once.
Following in Google's footsteps, Amazon has closed a technical loophole that helped some online services evade censorship filters, but which was also abused by cybercriminals. Collateral damage is already being felt by the likes of Signal, a popular, encrypted-messaging app blocked by some governments.
Hackers are going to breach a network, bypassing firewalls and other network defenses. So the focus must be on what happens next, says Mukesh Gupta of Illumio, who describes how micro-segmentation can help contain breaches.
Organizations that procure cybersecurity services are increasingly looking not just for private cloud-based approaches, but products that operate from public cloud environments, says Larry Hurtado, CEO of Digital Defense.
Monica Jain has a lot of experience in security operations centers, and she knows much of the tribal knowledge there is not automated or shared. That's why she co-founded LogicHub, a new intelligence automation platform.
Mark Jaffe is less concerned about how adversaries breach networks, but more concerned about how to secure their actual target - critical data. His startup company, Allure Security, intends to help secure that data.
Fitbit and Google say they are collaborating to accelerate innovation and "transform the future" of digital health and wearables, leveraging cloud computing. Some observers, however, say the partnership also raises privacy, security and patient safety questions.
Industrial control system environments are tough to hack, because each is unique, says Sergio Caltagirone of Dragos. But the recent emergency of Triton malware shows that attackers have been testing how to compromise some environments, which could have catastrophic results.
Banks and other financial services sector organizations need to pay more attention to their security infrastructure and defenses and apply application security safeguards to monitor all of their data - as well as individual files, says Terry Ray, CTO of Imperva.
Jan Koum, WhatsApp's co-founder, is leaving Facebook. His departure marks another exit of a high-level privacy and security advocate. If Facebook continues to lose those who could better influence the social networking site's worrying views toward user data, what does that mean for the rest of us?
Twitter is now caught up in the Cambridge Analytica scandal: The social network sold public Twitter data to Aleksandr Kogan, the same person who sold Facebook data to Cambridge Analytica. Twitter says Kogan obtained no private information on users.
As the head of DevSecOps at Intuit, Shannon Lietz tracks the real-world tactics, techniques and procedures hackers use against her organization. She's cataloged the top 10 application security attack techniques being used against Intuit, which differ markedly from the OWASP top 10.
The FDA is proposing to pre-certify vendors of certain medical device software, including various mobile apps, allowing the companies to skip the agency's much more rigorous pre-market approval process for hardware-based medical devices.