Cloudflare was unsparing in its criticism of Verizon over a BGP snafu that hampered 15 percent of its global traffic, as well as traffic of Amazon and Google. Verizon's error underscores that much heavy lifting remains to make critical internet infrastructure secure.
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.
Organizations that want to ensure they have a solid cybersecurity strategy must ensure they rigorously pursue best practices, monitor their infrastructure, eliminate vulnerabilities as well as prepare for the worst, says Andrew Gogarty of Secon Cyber.
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."
With the volume of data breaches and cyberattacks continuing to rise, organizations are increasingly relying on breach and attack simulation tools to provide more consistent and automated validation of controls, says Cymulate's Tim Ager.
The annual Infosecurity Europe conference this year returned to London. Here are visual highlights from the event, which featured over 240 sessions and more than 400 exhibitors, 19,500 attendees and keynotes covering data breaches, darknets, new regulations and more.
Singapore's Personal Data Protection Commission is seeking feedback on the government's plan to amend the Personal Data Protection Act to create a tough breach notification mandate. In the meantime, the PDPC has issued data breach management guidelines to help organizations prepare for the new requirements.
Not all that crashes has been hacked. To wit, this past weekend there were multiple major outages, including much of Argentina and Uruguay going dark, as well as U.S. retailer Target's system problems leaving customers unable to pay for goods. But none of these outages were due to cyberattacks.
Data breaches, incident response and complying with the burgeoning number of regulations that have an information security impact were among the top themes at this year's Infosecurity Europe conference in London. Here are 10 of the top takeaways from the conference's keynote sessions.
Hacking and extortion attempts against organizations have unfortunately become all too commonplace these days. On Tuesday, an unlikely victim went public: the British band Radiohead. But was the band really a hacking and extortion victim?
Online invitation site Evite has been hacked and information on an unspecified number of users stolen. In a data minimization fail, the breach apparently dates from earlier this year, but it's been tied to "an inactive data storage file associated with Evite user accounts" from before 2014.
Cybersecurity is a priority for the second term of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. As he completed his cabinet ministry appointments, he instructed the ministers to take up initiatives that can help build a cyber-resilient nation.
Tech Data says it has disabled a logging server used for its StreamOne cloud services marketplace after a data exposure. Tech Data differs with researchers over the sensitivity over what was exposed, but the logging server is offline now.
A third medical lab test firm - BioReference Laboratories - has acknowledged that it's a victim of the data breach at American Medical Collection Agency, which may have exposed data on more than 20 million patients. Meanwhile, at least four state attorneys general are now investigating the breach.
Large global organizations should have in-house forensic capabilities so they have a clear understanding of internal infrastructure and related vulnerabilities, says Sridhar Sidhu of Wells Fargo-India.