"We are living in difficult times ... when the government data is the most vulnerable," says Jayesh Ranjan, principal secretary-IT, electronics and communications & industries and commerce, government of Telangana. He calls for creating "a strong institutional mechanism" to tackle threats.
The hacking of an email account of a medical clinic employee during travels overseas demonstrates the risks posed to data when workers travel. Security experts offer insights on mitigating those risks.
Timehop, the social media app that resurfaces older social media posts for entertainment, says its ongoing investigation has revealed that an attacker may have compromised more personal information than it previously suspected over the course of a breach that lasted at least seven months.
Known losses due to business email compromise have exceeded $12.5 billion worldwide, the FBI's Internet Complaint Center reports, adding that fraudsters are increasingly targeting the U.S. real estate sector with such scams.
Hospitals need to improve their efforts to update the software in their medical devices to minimize vulnerability to malware, says Minatee Mishra, lead engineer, security center of excellence, at Philips Health Tech, India.
An Australian company that issues identity cards for access to airports has been notifying applicants and cardholders that their personal information may have been compromised, according to a news report. Australian federal police are investigating.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features a discussion of California's groundbreaking new privacy law as well as an update on the potential impact of the hacker group responsible for the Ticketmaster breach.
As businesses change their key strategies, they must ensure they mitigate new risks that emerge, says Chris Testa of Cybereason. This must go beyond a defense-in-depth approach to include a plan for what to do when an inevitable intrusion occurs, he says.
With the increase in vulnerabilities in operational technology infrastructure, it's important to deploy unidirectional hardware gateways to restrict entry into OT networks, says Ajit Jha of L&T Technology Services.
Stolen data is one thing - the consequences are obvious. But what if data is not stolen or leaked, but rather altered? What could be the damage? Diana Kelley of Microsoft discusses the emerging topic of data integrity and how to preserve it.
Organizations in India must strive to quickly comply with the EU's GDPR, which is becoming a global standard, and also draft its own national privacy regulations, says Sanjay Sahay, additional director general, cyber, Karnataka Police.
Australian medical booking platform HealthEngine offered AU$25 (US$19) gift vouchers to dental patients who sent photos of their treatment invoices to the company, which it positioned to patients as "invaluable" research. Privacy experts say the company may have fallen afoul of Australian privacy guidelines.