Hackers have apparently hijacked potentially thousands of vulnerable MongoDB databases and demanded ransoms for the return of critical data, with some victims paying up, according to security researchers.
A task force led by two lawmakers and a former U.S. CIO recommends the new administration should jettison outdated ways the federal government tackles cybersecurity, saying in a just-issued report: "Once-powerful ideas have been transformed into clichés."
The lack of a smoking gun - absolute certainty - has some security experts not entirely convinced that the Russians or their backers hacked Democratic Party computers in an attempt to sway the U.S. presidential election.
A U.K. Information Commissioner's report on its investigation into a 2015 TalkTalk breach offers essential information security takeaways for any organization that wants to avoid being breached, says David Stubley of 7 Elements.
Advanced threats are multi-layered and borderless - and so are today's enterprises. These are among the factors pushing organizations to adopt the Intelligent Hybrid Security approach, says Anil Nandigam of NSFOCUS.
The transition to a new presidential administration makes forecasting for HIPAA enforcement activity in 2017 difficult, says privacy attorney David Holtzman of the consultancy Cynergistek, who sizes up what the HHS Office for Civil Rights might do this year.
As the Trump administration begins, expect a ramp-up in cyber espionage as well as more "test attacks" by nation-states, says cybersecurity specialist Brad Medairy of the consultancy Booz Allen Hamilton.
In a video interview, Golok Simli, principal consultant and head of technology for Passport Seva in India, describes lessons he's learned on taking a structured approach to implementing security in government agencies.
In addition to announcing sanctions against Russia for election-related cyberattacks, the Obama administration has declassified technical information on Russian intelligence services' malicious cyber activities in an effort to help thwart additional attacks.
An analysis of a National Institute of Standards and Technology initiative to identify algorithms that could defend encryption against attacks from quantum computers leads the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report. Also featured: An update on new FDA guidance on cybersecurity for medical devices.
Now that more breaches are targeting industrial control systems, organizations that have paid little attention to operational technology security must ramp up their protection efforts, says breach response expert Christopher Novak of Verizon.
From financial services to the power grid, India is increasingly sensitive to protecting critical infrastructure from cyberattack. What are the top threats, and how are security leaders responding to them? Vinayak Godse of the Data Security Council of India shares insights.
With the rise of malware infecting IoT devices, DDoS defenders "have to assume that the attackers have an unlimited supply of machines that they can compromise," says Akamai's Michael Smith. But quarantines, ISP feedback loops and better patch management can bolster defenses.
President-elect Donald Trump names Thomas Bossert as assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism. He'll help lead the shaping of the incoming administration's cyber doctrine and will bring extensive experience to the job, say people who know him.
Security software often generates so many warnings that it can be difficult to figure out which ones are the most serious. How can one differentiate good intelligence from bad? John Watters, founder of iSight Partners, discusses how to separate the signal from the noise.