It was good to see India's government agencies as well as organizations in various business sectors respond quickly to the WannaCry ransomware outbreak. Hopefully, this is a sign of things to come, because India still has lots of work to do when it comes to cybersecurity.
The words of Assistant to the President Thomas Bossert, who boldly pledges to outdo previous administrations on improving federal government cybersecurity, lead the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report. Also, Microsoft's exasperation with the NSA over WannaCry ransomware.
Disney is reportedly being targeted by cyber-extortionist hackers who have threatened to release a stolen, prerelease copy of the movie studio's fifth "Pirates of the Caribbean" film unless they receive a ransom, payable in bitcoins.
Determining the impact in India of the WannaCry worldwide ransomware epidemic is challenging because so few organizations routinely report security incidents, says Shree Parthasarathy of Deloitte India, who hopes the incident will serve as a catalyst for enhanced cybersecurity.
Criminals have long aimed to separate people from their possessions. So for anyone who follows ransomware, the WannaCry outbreak won't come as a shock. Nor will longstanding advice for surviving ransomware shakedowns: Prepare, or prepare to pay.
Microsoft has issued emergency security updates for some unsupported operating systems to protect against the global WannaCry ransomware outbreak. In addition, a researcher has accidentally disabled new infections from crypto-locking PCs, though he warns the respite will likely be temporary.
To better battle ransomware, we must take a page from the lessons learned by the kidnapping and ransom insurance industry in its battle against piracy in the Indian Ocean, Jeremiah Grossman told the AppSec Europe conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
A focus on breach prevention and protecting the perimeter is outdated, so organizations need to shift to a focus on resiliency, says security thought leader Vishak Raman, former senior regional director for India and SAARC at FireEye.
The cybersecurity epitaph of the fired FBI director could read: "He showed courage to take on Apple." Comey publicly battled Apple CEO Tim Cook over unlocking the iPhone of the San Bernardino shooter, becoming the face of the proponents who seek ways to bypass encryption on mobile devices.
President Donald J. Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey, a divisive figure who led the law enforcement agency through an unprecedented presidential campaign tainted by Russian hacking and an investigation into Hillary Clinton's handling of classified emails.
Hot sessions at this week's OWASP AppSec Europe 2017 conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland, cover everything from the EU's General Data Protection Regulation and fostering better SecDevOps uptake, to quantum-computing resistant crypto and ransomware economics.
Who in the world could have attempted to mess with this past weekend's presidential election in France via a well-timed dump of campaign documents and communications from the campaign of Emmanuel Macron? Security experts say all evidence points to the usual suspect: Russian hackers.
Reporting software vulnerabilities can be legally dicey, particularly if the affected company has not previously had contact with computer security researchers. A Sydney consultant recently experienced both ends of the spectrum while investigating building management software.