Password security guidance: Do block users from picking commonly used passwords. But to avoid a usability nightmare, don't block users from picking any password that's ever been seen in a data breach, security experts advise.
The ISMG Security Report leads with views on a novel way to fund the growth of the United States military's Cyber Command by seizing assets such as digital currencies from hackers and other criminals. Also, we offer tips on how to recruit scarce IT security pros.
Employees are still falling for phishing scams leading to major breaches, including those related to ransomware attacks, say federal regulators, who are urging healthcare entities to step up their workforce training and awareness of email schemes.
Most large organizations at least pay lip service to breach preparedness. But when it comes to proper policies, planning and practice, far too many still fall short, says Stuart Mort of the Australian telecommunications firm Optus. Here's what they are overlooking.
Ransomware attacks are increasingly using multiple proven techniques to spread quickly and achieve the maximum impact before being thwarted. They are going to get bigger and target other platforms in the future, warns Justin Peters at Sophos APAC.
Publicis Groupe CISO Thom Langford discusses how best to measure your organization's true risk appetite and the business value of blending storytelling techniques into your security awareness programs.
A settlement between the state of New York and a company that provides support services to the healthcare sector serves as a reminder about timely breach notification, including in circumstances when law enforcement agencies are investigating an incident.
Former U.S. CISO Gregory Touhill says the federal government must rethink how it hardens its workforce to prevent cyberattackers from succeeding. Organizations, he says, should regularly conduct cybersecurity exercises to help build their cyber defense.
Bad security habits of consumers whose use of apps is skyrocketing is leading to increased risks for businesses as they ramp up their use of apps as well, says Neil Wu Becker, a global vice president at A10 networks, who emphasizes the need to enforce best practices.
To encourage individuals to improve their security practices, begin by not blaming them. That was one takeaway from security experts at the Infosecurity Europe conference, who offered practical tips for changing user behavior and creating a culture of security.
The identity of the individual or group behind the global WannaCry ransomware campaign remains unclear. But whoever wrote the ransom notes appears to have been fluent in Chinese and pretty good at written English, according to a linguistic analysis from security firm Flashpoint.