Progressive companies seeking to improve their security are increasingly adopting bug bounty programs. The theory is that rewarding outside researchers improves security outcomes. But in practice, bug bounty programs can be messy and actually create perverse incentives, says bug-hunting expert Katie Moussouris.
Deception technology is attractive in that it offers - in theory - low false positives and critical clues to attackers' methodologies. But the benefits depend on its ability to fool attackers and whether organizations can spare the time to fine-tune it.
Capital One's enormous data breach is a subject of intense scrutiny as well as fear. A definitive post mortem is likely months away. But security professionals have ideas as to how the breach was achieved and the weaknesses that led to it.
Some 23 federal agencies come up short in their cybersecurity efforts even as attacks on their IT infrastructures continue to grow and concerns about foreign interference in the upcoming 2020 elections persist, according to a Government Accountability Office report.
A watchdog agency review of a VA medical center in California spotlights security issues involving medical device "workarounds" that some experts say are common but often overlooked or underestimated risks.
The U.S. Department of Defense has purchased IT gear known to have significant cybersecurity vulnerabilities, according to a new inspector general audit, which also highlights concerns about the use of equipment manufactured in China.
Misconfigured file storage technologies and a lack of basic security controls are the root causes for the inadvertent online exposure of 2.3 billion files worldwide that contain personal information, including sensitive medical data, says Harrison Van Riper, a security researcher at Digital Shadows.
The Internal Revenue Services' internal financial reporting systems and IT infrastructure have 14 new security vulnerabilities, along with a long list of previously unresolved deficiencies, according to a U.S. Government Accountability Office audit.
Enumerating medical devices, identifying where the security risks lie and then implementing a multilayered defense plan to mitigate risks should be top priorities for healthcare organizations, says thought leader John Halamka, M.D., executive director for technology exploration at Beth Israel Lahey Health.
George Orwell's "1984" posited a world in which Big Brother monitored us constantly via "telescreens." But thanks to our "smart" AI home assistants - from Google, Amazon and others - we're increasingly installing the monitoring equipment ourselves, and it may "hear" much more than we realize.
Researchers at the security firm Tenable uncovered a vulnerability in a Siemens software platform used to manage industrial control systems, and Siemens has issued a patch. The same platform was exploited during the Stuxnet attack a decade ago.
A cybersecurity vulnerability discovered in open source software used by organizations conducting genomic analysis could potentially have enabled hackers to affect the accuracy of patient treatment decisions. But the vulnerability was patched before hackers took advantage of it, researchers believe.
An effective third-party risk management program starts with asking the right questions, says Brad Keller, chief strategy officer and senior vice president at the Santa Fe Group, a strategic advisory company, who spells out key issues to address.
Bipartisan healthcare legislation that a Senate health committee passed on Wednesday includes a provision that would incentivize healthcare entities to adopt "strong cybersecurity practices" by encouraging federal regulators to consider organizations' security efforts when making HIPAA enforcement decisions.