An A-list of cyber experts, including former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, has put its weight behind U.S. CyberDome, a nonpartisan initiative to protect presidential campaigns against foreign influence. Matthew Barrett, a former NIST leader and co-founder of CyberDome, outlines how this group is gearing up.
The group behind the Cloud Atlas cyber espionage campaigns, which were first detected five years ago, is now deploying polymorphic techniques designed to avoid monitoring and detection, according to researchers at Kaspersky Lab.
Fortinet's FortiGuard Labs global threat research team is creating research playbooks that provide deep-dive analysis of not only threat trends, but also cybercriminal and adversary tools and techniques. Derek Manky and Tony Giandomenico discuss the playbook model and how it can help in the fight against cybercrime.
Mike Cotton of Digital Defense sees a key shift in the threat landscape, as attackers focus more on attacking key endpoints and infrastructure. As a result, many organizations are developing security blind spots. Cotton explains how to regain visibility.
A recent spate of attacks targeting domain name system protocols and registrars, including several incidents that researchers believe have ties to nation-state espionage, is prompting the U.S. and U.K. governments to issues warnings and policy updates to improve security.
Cyber adversaries are resilient and move quickly, so it'st critical that organizations share threat intelligence in an automated way, says Shawn Henry of CrowdStrike Services. But that sharing has been hampered by a lack of understanding of why it's important and how organizations can benefit, he says.
Threat intelligence programs have evolved greatly over the past decade. But Mario Vuksan, CEO of ReversingLabs, says too many organizations are overlooking the value of local intelligence embedded in their own networks. Vuksan talks about maximizing TI resources.
The cyberattack earlier this year against Indian outsourcer Wipro, as well as several of its customers, is part of a much larger, multiyear phishing campaign that involves many more companies used as jumping off points, according to RiskIQ, which says the attackers apparently are manipulating gift cards.
A top cybersecurity imperative for organizations is to "take proactive mitigation before an event even occurs" by tracking attack trends and mitigating against emerging types of attacks, says Akamai's Jay Coley.
The threat landscape continues to evolve, says Chester Wisniewski of Sophos. "The more professional, the more skilled criminals out there are moving, seemingly, away from this 'spray and pray' mass exploitation approach and getting more targeted. It's what I call a blended threat."
In response to large data breaches, the retail and hospitality industry formed the RH-ISAC to serve as a central hub for sharing sector-specific cybersecurity information and intelligence, says Tommy McDowell, vice president, who explains how ISACs' roles are changing.
Online invitation site Evite has been hacked and information on an unspecified number of users stolen. In a data minimization fail, the breach apparently dates from earlier this year, but it's been tied to "an inactive data storage file associated with Evite user accounts" from before 2014.
Private equity firm Insight Partners has announced it's acquiring threat intelligence specialist Recorded Future in a $780 million all-cash deal, capping a week of significant deal-making activity in the global information security vendor market. Find out what other deals were announced.