This edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of key takeaways from the breaches tied to flaws in the Accellion File Transfer appliance. Also featured: Equifax CISO Jamil Farshchi on transforming supply chain security, plus an analysis of how "work from anywhere" is affecting cybersecurity.
In an eye-opening look at the cost burden of a ransomware attack, Universal Health Services reports that an incident last September had a $67 million economic impact - citing, for example, the need to divert patients to competing facilities for urgent care. But insurance may cover much of the cost.
The Federal Reserve's online money transfer system, including Fedwire Funds and FedCash, suffered an outage for more than three hours Wednesday afternoon, with the Fed citing technical issues as the cause and not a cyber incident. Systems were restored by late afternoon.
The Good Health Pass Collaborative is developing a road map for digital health passes that international travelers could use to prove they have been tested for COVID-19. Dakota Gruener, executive director of ID2020, which launched the project, describes the effort, including privacy-protection measures.
Following the hacking of a Florida water treatment plant, CISA is warning the operators of other plants to be on the lookout for hackers who exploit remote access software and outdated operating systems - and to take risk mitigation steps. The advice applies to other organizations as well, some security experts say.
In the wake of COVID-19-accelerated transformation and the SolarWinds hack, the importance of understanding your organization's digital exposure is more critical than ever. In this latest Cybersecurity Leadership panel, CEOs and CISOs discuss asset discovery and attack surface vulnerability.
After being hit by SolarWinds hackers, the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts instructed the nation's district courts to restrict the filing of sensitive information to hard copy or "secure electronic devices." But will this defense create an even bigger bureaucratic fallout than the attack itself?
Maze was one of the most notorious and successful ransomware operations of recent years until its apparent "retirement" and handover to Egregor in November 2020. Some rivals have suggested both groups have ties to the Russian government. But is that just sour grapes, or even simply an attempted scam?
Ransomware operations continue to come and go. The notorious Maze ransomware gang retired last year, apparently replaced by Egregor, while new operators, such as Pay2Key, RansomEXX and Everest, have emerged. But in recent months, experts say, just six operations have accounted for 84% of attacks.
It's one thing to plan for a remote workforce. Quite another when you suddenly have to deploy and support it - at 100%. Martin Mazor of Entertainment Partners discusses the vital role of identity in his enterprise's unique business.
Ransomware attacks continue to pummel organizations, but fewer victims have been paying a ransom, and when they do, on average they're paying less than before, says ransomware incident response firm Coveware, which traces the decline to attackers failing to honor their data deletion promises.
With ransomware continuing to fuel a massive surge in illicit profits, some experts have been calling on governments to launch offensive hacking teams to target cybercrime cartels. They're also calling for a review of cyber insurance payouts being used to fund ransoms.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of the cybersecurity challenges the Biden administration must address. Also featured: payments security advice from Verizon; the outlook for the lifting of restrictions tied to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The physical breach of the U.S. Capitol by a violent mob, members of which allegedly accessed lawmakers' systems and stole devices, offers cybersecurity professional lessons to learn on authentication, encryption and more, says cybersecurity expert Brian Honan.
This edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of the very latest information about the SolarWinds hack. Also featured are discussions of "zero trust" for the hybrid cloud environment and data privacy regulatory trends.