A computer security researcher has discovered a vast marketing database containing 340 million records on U.S. consumers. The database is the latest in a long line of databases to have been left exposed to the internet without authentication, thus putting people's personal data at risk.
Reality Leigh Winner, 26, a former contractor for the NSA, has pleaded guilty to leaking a "top secret" five page document that describes Russian meddling with U.S. voting systems. She's agreed to a plea deal that calls for her to serve a 63-months prison sentence.
Privacy rights groups are calling on the Court of Justice of the European Union to clamp down on at least 17 EU governments that require domestic telecommunications firms to store all communications data, despite the court having ruled that such mass surveillance practices are illegal.
Helping victims know their passwords have been exposed in a data breach is half the battle in the fight to improve password security. To help, Mozilla and 1Password are integrating into their products a feature from the popular "Have I Been Pwned" breach notification service.
Behavioral analytics have taken the fast lane from emerging tech to mature practice. And Mark McGovern of CA Technologies says the technology is being deployed in innovative ways to help detect insider threats.
Australia's large online medical booking platform, HealthEngine, has become embroiled in a privacy controversy after it reportedly passed personal medical details to a personal injury law firm. HealthEngine maintains it obtained users' consent, but the revelation appears to have caught many by surprise.
Europe's General Data Protection Regulation is reshaping the way organizations handle data. That's going to have an impact on the sharing of threat intelligence. But the Anti-Phishing Working Group hopes the law will provide legal clarity that will make more organizations comfortable with sharing threat data.
Michael Jones of Domain Tools says that studying domain ownership information gives organizations "contextual data around domains that may be attacking them," thus allowing them to better block attacks, avoid malicious sites and combat phishing campaigns.
Three key challenges facing security practitioners worldwide are visibility, metrics and orchestration, says Vishal Salvi, CISO for India's tech powerhouse Infosys. The threat landscape, rather than compliance, is driving security decisions, he says.
Electric car manufacturer Tesla has sued a former employee for sabotage, alleging that he "unlawfully hacked the company's confidential and trade secret information" and gave it to third parties while leaving a trail designed to implicate other employees. The ex-employee, however, claims he's a whistleblower.
Recent failures of IT systems at some major airports and banks are a reminder that as an organization launches a digital transformation project, or seeks to move more of its processes to the cloud, those efforts won't necessarily proceed smoothly or securely, says Skybox Security's Justin Coker.
The latest challenge to face CISOs: Finding the best way to keep their organization secure while at the same time navigating political edicts that may lack any technical detail or present solid facts or alternatives to suspect technology, says Jaya Baloo, CISO of KPN Telecom.
Driven by the EU's General Data Protection Regulation and other regulations, as well as the move to the cloud, more organizations are turning to data classification to help them silo and protect their most sensitive information, says Tony Pepper, CEO of Egress.