Attackers - likely operating from China - have been surreptitiously hacking into global telecommunications providers' networks to quietly steal metadata and track subscribers - and those with whom they communicate - as part of an ongoing cyber espionage operation, warns security firm Cybereason.
Often in breach response, security professionals focus on the technical aspects of the attack. Yet, the non-technical aspects are often more insidious, says Teju Shyamsundar of Okta. And Identity can be a powerful tool to bolster defenses.
Finding the right balance between risk and resilience is a challenge for every cybersecurity project - especially in the aerospace, space and defense sectors - and that's why such efforts must be driven by CISOs and CIOs, says Leonardo's Nik Beecher.
More organizations are deploying single sign-on mechanisms when they move to software-as-a-service applications to help enhance authentication and control access, says Moshe Ferber, chairman of the Israeli chapter of the Cloud Security Alliance.
Too many organizations around the world take a "bare minimum" approach to third-party risk management, says Jonathan Ehret, founder of the Third Party Risk Association, who offers risk mitigation insights.
WhatsApp, the messaging service owned by Facebook, says it's ready to launch its digital payment services, WhatsApp Pay, in India following its beta test. But the Supreme Court says WhatsApp first must comply with RBI's data localization requirements.
Hackers have repeatedly stolen valuable data - including launch codes and flight trajectories for spacecraft - from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in recent years, according to a new inspector general audit, which describes weak security practices.
The early days of email attacks - so much noise in the form of malware, spam and links - have given way to attacks that often rely on little more than words, and email gateways often struggle to arrest social engineering ploys, says Michael Flouton of Barracuda Networks.
Many cybersecurity tools are designed to block or allow specific activities based on prescribed rules, but with insider breaches continuing, enterprise protection also requires real-time reaction to actual user behavior, says Carl Leonard of Forcepoint.
Bad news for anyone who might have hoped that the data breach problem was getting better. "Anecdotally, it just feels like we're seeing a massive increase recently," says Troy Hunt, the creator of the free "Have I Been Pwned?" breach-notification service. Unfortunately, he says, the problem is likely to worsen.
Bug bounty myths: All such programs must be public, run nonstop, pay cash to bug-spotters and allow anyone to join. But HackerOne's Laurie Mercer says such programs often run as private, invitation-only and time-limited endeavors, sometimes offering only swag or public recognition.
Organizations are increasingly relying on threat intelligence to help them better identify malicious behavior before it hits the network - or users encounter it - including using domain name system analysis to track emerging campaigns, says Corin Imai of DomainTools
Defending organizations against attackers is more challenging than ever. "The complexity and sophistication of the threats has increased," says Cisco's Mark Weir. "What we're seeing a lot of at the moment as well is intellectual property theft."