In the latest weekly update, four editors at Information Security Media Group discuss important cybersecurity issues, including how ransomware affiliates change operators and why terrorists aren't launching massive cyberattacks.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of the most sought-after type of victim for ransomware-wielding attackers. Also featured: fighting extortion schemes and stress management tips.
"Silence is gold." So says ransomware operator Ragnar Locker, as it attempts to compel victims to pay its ransom demand without ever telling anyone - especially not police. But some ransomware-battling experts have been advocating the opposite, including mandatory reporting of all ransom payments.
Despite a recent slowdown in incidents and some cybercriminals claiming they have stopped or abandoned ransomware attacks, National Cyber Director Chris Inglis says it's "too soon to tell," if the behavior of these groups has changed permanently or if they are waiting for an opportunity to return.
Cyber criminals are opportunistic and merciless, targeting security vulnerabilities such as weak passwords or unnecessary administrator rights. The National Cyber Security Centre recently found that 23.2 million victim accounts worldwide used 123456 as the password, and many companies still provide full admin rights...
The White House is preparing executive branch agencies to adopt "zero trust" network architectures by 2024, with CISA and the OMB overseeing the creation of technology road maps that departments must follow. This is a major component of President Biden's cybersecurity executive order.
Last weekend’s confirmed attack on the Jenkins project using a recently discovered vulnerability in the Atlassian Confluence server could be the tip of the iceberg, suggests a security researcher who says thousands of Confluence servers remain vulnerable.
On Aug. 25, President Joe Biden invited about 25 technology, insurance, finance and education executives to the White House to discuss pressing cybersecurity issues such as supply chain and critical infrastructure. One of those participants was Resilience CEO Vishaal Hariprasad.
Attackers are actively exploiting a flaw in Microsoft Windows for which no patch is yet available. Microsoft has issued workarounds and mitigations designed to block the zero-day attack for the flaw in the MSHTML browsing engine, which is being exploited via malicious Microsoft Office documents.
New Zealand's Computer Emergency Response Team says it is aware of ongoing distributed denial-of-service attacks that have disrupted services at several organizations in the country, including some financial institutions and the national postal service.
It’s the largest attack surface in history, and adversaries are taking advantage by launching attacks at an unprecedented volume and velocity. Shashi Prakash of Bolster discusses how to monitor and manage this new and shifting range.
Orchestration and automation have shifted from "nice to have" to "must-have" in the enterprise, says Christine Vanderpool, CISO at Florida Crystals. Particularly post-breach. She and Splunk's Ryan Kovar share insights and tips on how to get maximum value from these emerging technologies.
The personal data of at least 1.3 million Indonesian residents, stored on two government-developed COVID-19 tracking apps, PeduliLindungi and eHAC, has been leaked online, according to security researchers. President Joko Widodo is among those affected.
Google has identified three critical vulnerabilities affecting several Netgear smart switch products that, if exploited, give the attacker complete control over the compromised device. Netgear has issued a security advisory confirming that it has issued patches for 20 impacted products.
Key challenges from the recent State of Cybersecurity 2021 report include "integrating risk with maturity and keeping up with industry trends," says Jenai Marinkovic, member of the ISACA Emerging Trends Working Group.