How many ways do U.S. businesses need to be told to lock down their systems to safeguard themselves from ransomware? That's the focus of a new, joint cybersecurity advisory from the U.S. government pertaining to BlackMatter, following an advisory issued last month about Conti.
After being targeted by a ransomware attack in March 2021, Acer, one of the world's largest PC and device makers, has now suffered two further cyberattacks within a week. DESORDEN threat actors are reported to have claimed responsibility for the attacks.
The OT security world continues to change to meet new challenges and threats. The 2021 SANS OT/ICS Cybersecurity survey explores how OT defenders across all industries are meeting these challenges and looks to areas where new emphasis can be placed to defend our critical infrastructure as we move forward.
U.S. federal agencies issued a joint advisory around potential cyber threats to the nation's water facilities. They cite "ongoing malicious cyber activity - by both known and unknown actors - targeting the IT and OT technology networks, systems and devices" of U.S. water and wastewater systems.
In this update, four editors discuss key cybersecurity issues, including addressing the complexity of security, the rising number of victims targeted by double extortion ransomware and the Information Commissioner's Office's recent consultation on creating an international data transfer agreement.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of attempts made by European law enforcement to encourage young cybercriminals to channel their skills in more ethical ways. Also featured: Fraud detection and response; inspiring behavioral change.
Australia plans to require businesses with more than $10 million in revenue to report ransomware attacks to the government, part of a comprehensive strategy to fight the attacks that also includes new criminal penalties and assistance to victims. The plan would need to be passed by Parliament.
The White House National Security Council this week kicked off its international counter-ransomware event with participation from more than 30 nations. This gathering aims to elevate both law enforcement collaboration and diplomatic efforts. Noticeably absent from the summit: Russia.
In an effort to bolster endpoint protection within the U.S. government, the White House is ordering federal agencies to allow CISA to access existing deployments. It is also setting timelines for improving the protection of workstations, mobile phones and servers.
The UK's NCSC has published an updated guidance for employees using their personal devices for work. The agency offers technical controls for different types of bring-your-own-device, or BYOD, deployments. And a Bitdefender report stresses the need for good cyber hygiene when using BYOD.
One measure of the damage being done by ransomware groups continues to be how many victims get listed on ransomware operators' dedicated data leak sites, as part of their so-called double extortion tactics. Unfortunately, the number of victims doesn't appear to be declining.
A compromise of sensitive health information affecting nearly 38,000 individuals discovered nearly a year after a terminated company executive accessed the data spotlights some of the top security and privacy challenges covered entities and business associates face with insiders.
The Central Electricity Authority has released a new set of cybersecurity guidelines for the power sector, aimed at securing OT systems and building a resilient security framework. It mandates, among other things, that all power sector companies appoint a dedicated CISO to secure systems.
A Russian-speaking threat actor group that deploys the Ryuk variant ransomware, leverages initial access brokers, and generally skips double-extortion attempts in favor of fast and higher payout ransoms has been predominately targeting the healthcare sector, warns security firm Mandiant.
A congressional letter sent to the heads of four federal agencies expressed an urgent need for the Biden administration to continue combating ransomware. This includes a particular focus on the cryptocurrency infrastructure that is enabling these cyberattacks, four Democratic lawmakers say.