A discussion with ISMG Security and Technology Editor Jeremy Kirk about his chat with the cyber gang "The Dark Overlord," which threatened some U.S. school districts with extortion, leads the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report. Also, an update on surging IT security employment.
It's a tale that reads stranger than fiction, a true Tom Clancy-ish yarn: Israeli spies hacked Kaspersky Lab, discovering that Russia has been using the company's pervasive anti-virus software to spy on U.S. spies. Will Kaspersky Lab survive?
A hacker exploited an unpatched, 12-month-old flaw in a small Australian defense contractor's IT help desk and stole data for the country's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, among other secrets, the Australian government has warned.
As the security of medical devices becomes a growing concern, hospitals need to implement appropriate controls and apply machine intelligence to detect threats, says Venkataraman Subramanian, information security officer at Columbia Asia Hospitals.
North Korea's leaders apparently blew a gasket over "The Interview," a comedy film that centered on an assassination plot against North Korea's leader. So how might the country have reacted to U.S.-South Korean "decapitation strike" plans reportedly stole last year by Pyongyang-affiliated hackers?
Credit-reporting agency Equifax now says records exposed in the massive data breach it revealed last month included information relating to 15.2 million U.K. residents - a much higher figure than the business first suggested.
It is said that "Data is the new oil." If that's the case, then organizations need to do a far better job inventorying and securing their wells, says Laurence Pitt of Juniper Networks. He offers insights on leveraging and securing data.
The Dark Overlord, a hacking group that hijacks data from businesses and holds it for ransom, is now threatening school districts. The apparent intent isn't to get ransoms from schools per se, but to create a fear campaign designed to scare big businesses into paying the group's ransoms.
The growing use of mobile devices is changing the security landscape, and protection must extend to the device, the application, the connection channel and the network entry point, says Bimal Gandhi, CEO at Uniken Inc.
Researchers claim to have discovered information from 6,000 Indian enterprises, including governmental units, for sale on the dark net. But while the National Internet Exchange of India, the apparent source of the information, is attempting to downplay the incident, others are demanding a clear explanation.
CISOs need to anticipate the important questions their CEO is likely to ask as mega-breaches make headlines and data security is in the spotlight. Here, security leaders offer insights on how to answer eight tough questions.
Equifax ex-CEO Richard Smith asserts that a single employee's failure to heed a security alert led to the company failing to install a patch on a critical system, which was subsequently exploited by hackers. But his claim calls into question whether poor patch practices and management failures were the norm.
Two dozen federal agencies continue to experience security weaknesses in five critical areas, putting government systems and data at risk, according to a new watchdog agency report. But which agency spends the most on IT security?
Security programs fail because of too much emphasis on protection and not enough on detection and response, says Ira Winkler, president of Secure Mentem, who calls on CISOs to help change their organization's security priorities.
At the first of three Congressional hearings slated this week to examine the Equifax mega-breach, one Republican said of the company's delay in detecting the breach: "It's like the guards of Fort Knox forgot to lock the doors and failed to notice the thieves were emptying the vaults."