Some healthcare entities may be more likely than organizations in other sectors to pay extortionists to unlock data that's been encrypted in ransomware attacks because patients' lives are potentially at risk if data is unavailable, says security expert Kate Borten, who discusses risk management issues.
An analysis of the record of the U.K.'s new prime minister, Theresa May, on cybersecurity and online privacy and a report on efforts to create an antidote to ransomware highlight this edition of the ISMG Security Report.
Businesses on both sides of the Atlantic are lauding the new U.S.-EU Privacy Shield, which gives them a legal way to handle Europeans' personal data. But privacy rights groups have criticized the agreement for falling short of the EU's own privacy protections.
The Obama administration has unveiled a federal cybersecurity workforce strategy that calls for identifying, recruiting, developing, retaining and expanding "the best, brightest and most diverse cybersecurity talent" for federal service. But are those goals realistic?
The Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights has notified 167 covered entities they've been selected for remote "desk audits" of their HIPAA compliance. But the audits will focus on only a handful of requirements.
Pokémon Go - Nintendo's new smartphone app - has been a smash hit. But the game's augmented-reality approach, and app developers' data-handling choices, have triggered security and privacy concerns as well as safety warnings.
Interbank messaging service SWIFT will begin collecting and sharing anonymized attack information and offering incident-response services - backed by Fox-IT and BAE Systems - to help hacked banks. But will financial institutions buy in?
Breach fallout continues to mount in the aftermath of a cyberattack on cloud-based electronic health records vendor Bizmatics, which apparently affected hundreds of thousands of patients. The saga highlights important security lessons for covered entities when it comes to dealing with business associates.
The MySpace and LinkedIn data dumps have been made available by a security researcher on his website, which is perhaps the most easily accessible source for obtaining it. But does it put people at greater risk?
Would access to better information pertaining to encryption help Congress pass good crypto-related laws? That's the impetus behind a "Digital Security Commission" and a related report being hawked by some lawmakers.
An individual claiming to be the hacker who posted four healthcare databases on the dark web reveals some of his tactics. We take a close look at the risks posed to one affected clinic, which faces a ransom demand.
Warning to parents and guardians: Beware of collecting, storing or sharing your child's biometric information - including fingerprints and DNA - even if you're creating a so-called "Child ID Kit," because the data is a natural target for identity thieves.
Britain's surprise vote to "Brexit" the European Union leads the ISMG Security Report. Also hear analysis on a cybercrime forum selling remote server access; Comodo being in hot water by saying "let's encrypt"; and why Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg covers his webcam with tape.
"Brexit" means that British law enforcement agencies will likely have a harder time taking a bite out of cybercrime as well-regarded intelligence-sharing relationships get severed and must be renegotiated.
By a margin of 52 percent to 48 percent, British voters have decided to leave the European Union. But as Britain renegotiates its relationship with EU member states, its mass surveillance practices will likely face sharp scrutiny.