As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, cybercriminals increasingly are targeting organizations that now have more remote workers and fewer IT and security staff at the ready to mitigate hacker attacks and intrusions, security experts say.
Attackers are continuing to use concerns over COVID-19 to distribute ransomware and malware, including for smartphones. The healthcare sector is perhaps at the greatest risk from these attacks because it's serving as the front-line defense against the disease.
The Trump administration on Tuesday announced immediate limited waivers of certain HIPAA privacy provisions to help improve patient care during the growing COVID-19 pandemic. For example, it's now OK for providers to offer telehealth services through certain applications that allow for video chats.
With U.S. stock markets suffering their worst day since 1987 on Monday, most technology firms took a hit as Wall Street continues to be rattled by the COVID-19 crisis. Experts predict this will drive fresh waves of consolidation and M&A in the cybersecurity market, as well as growth in hot areas.
As more of its employees shift to working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of Defense is warning workers to take security precautions to guard against potential hackers. It plans to release detailed guidance soon.
The COVID-19 pandemic present new challenges to healthcare IT and security teams, including the need to reassess and adjust business continuity plans, says Christopher Frenz, who leads information security at New York's Interfaith Medical Center. He's chair of an industry committee that developed guidance.
It's no exaggeration to say that, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we now have the largest-ever global remote workforce. And with it comes an expanded attack surface that requires extra attention. Phil Reitinger of the Global Cyber Alliance shares five tips for securing the remote workforce.
As the COVID-19 pandemic intensifies, public health efforts are being complicated by ransomware attacks continuing to hit healthcare facilities that are not only handling cases but also running frontline virus-testing labs.
To help deal with the coronavirus outbreak, healthcare providers are examining how to implement or expand the use of telehealth services to remotely evaluate and care for patients. But these providers need to carefully consider privacy and security issues as they work to quickly offer these services.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report offers an analysis of cybersecurity and privacy issues raised by COVID-19 research efforts. Also featured: the latest ransomware trends and an investor's take on hot cybersecurity sectors.
Two employees of security firm Exabeam who attended the recent RSA 2020 conference in San Francisco have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the company. The RSA Conference notes that it's not yet clear if the two contracted the coronavirus at the event or at some other time.
As COVID-19 spreads, cybercriminals are sending more phishing emails that use the health emergency as a lure, according to security researchers. The European Central Bank is among those issuing warnings.
Wall Street has been hit by the twin threats of the new coronavirus as well as oil prices plummeting, with the Dow dropping 2,000 points on Monday for its worst day in 12 years. Amidst fears that a recession could tank the global economy, some experts still see upsides for the cybersecurity sector.