Federal regulators have smacked health insurer Anthem with a record $16 million HIPAA settlement in the wake of a cyberattack revealed in 2015, which impacted nearly 79 million individuals. What missteps does the settlement highlight?
The Pentagon is warning that a data breach at a third-party travel management service provider exposed records for an estimated 30,000 civilian and military personnel. The breach alert follows a recent GAO report warning of serious cybersecurity shortcomings in U.S. weapon systems.
The disagreements continue over Australia's efforts to pass legislation that would help law enforcement counter encryption. Technology companies and civil liberties organizations contend the latest draft of legislation would allow for too much secrecy and imperil privacy and security.
CISOs and other security practitioners are embracing the idea of a business-driven security model that takes a risk-oriented approach, says Rohit Ghai, president of RSA. "Cybersecurity conversations are becoming business conversations rather than technology conversations."
Building on the success of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework, the National Institute of Standards and Technology is in the early stages of developing a privacy framework. The effort will kick off with a workshop Tuesday in Austin, Texas, explains Naomi Lefkovitz, who is leading the project.
The FDA has announced a "voluntary recall" by Medtronic of certain internet-connected programmers for implantable cardiac devices due to cybersecurity vulnerabilities. Some security experts are hopeful that this will serve as a wake-up call for more manufacturers to take action on addressing cybersecurity issues.
The biggest challenge for any critical infrastructure facing potential cyberattacks is devising ways to maintain business continuity, says cybersecurity specialist Prashant Pillai, who calls for building resilience into network design. He'll be a speaker at ISMG's Security Summit: London, to be held Oct. 23.
What can organizations do to thwart business email compromise attacks? In an interview, David Stubley, CEO of the consultancy 7 Elements, outlines several key steps. He'll be a featured speaker at Information Security Media Group's Security Summit: London, to be held Sept. 23.
Google blames a bug in an API for its Google+ social networking service for exposing personal details of about 500,000 users' accounts, but says it doesn't believe the information was misused. The company was forced to acknowledge the March incident after it was reported by The Wall Street Journal.
India's Ministry of Electronics and IT has asked Facebook for an update on the number of Indian users impacted by its recent data breach, which affected 50 million users worldwide. But it's not yet clear what steps the government can take to make sure the social media platform is secure.
Privacy and security practitioners wonder if Aadhaar data collected by private firms can actually be deleted in the next six months as directed by the Supreme Court of India, which recently determined that it's unconstitutional for companies to collect or ask for Aadhaar data from consumers.
Warning: Attackers behind the recently revealed Facebook mega-breach may still be able to access victims' accounts at some third-party web services and mobile apps, and Facebook has offered no timeline for when a full lockdown might occur - although there are no signs of third-party account takeovers.
Step away from the social media single sign-on services, cybersecurity experts say, citing numerous privacy and security risks. Instead, they recommend that everyone use password managers to create unique and complex passwords for every site, service or app they use.