A recent incident involving an Indiana hospital that publicly admitted to paying a $55,000 ransom to unlock data following a ransomware attack - despite having backup systems - highlights the need to test data recovery plans.
Information security truisms: 2017 was the year of more cybersecurity - more attacks, more spending, more defenses, more breaches - and 2018 will see more of everything "cyber," plus GDPR enforcement, proxy wars online and more.
Two London-based Romanians recently arrested in Bucharest as part of a roundup of alleged ransomware attackers have been accused of hacking into Washington surveillance cameras and using them as a launchpad for Cerber and Dharma ransomware attacks.
Police in Romania have arrested five individuals on suspicion of launching crypto-locking ransomware attacks. Three men are accused of targeting Europeans via spam carrying CTB Locker, while two men have been charged with using Cerber to target U.S. victims.
The HITRUST Cyber Threat Xchange played a role in making U.S. healthcare organizations aware of the worldwide WannaCry ransomware campaign early enough to help them thwart the threat, says HITRUST's Elie Nasrallah.
An international police operation has resulted in the disruption of the long-running Andromeda botnet and associated Gamarue crimeware toolkit. Andromeda has been used to distribute 80 types of malware, including backdoors, banking Trojans and ransomware, security experts say.
Connected medical devices are a significant potential new attack surface that may not be covered by security tools and systems, says Ariel Shuper of Check Point Software Technologies. How can healthcare providers immunize their medical devices against threats before they are compromised?
Because cyberattacks continue to bypass next-generation security technologies, it's important not to underestimate the role humans play in attack detection and threat mitigation, says Rohyt Belani of PhishMe.
Adoption of the Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting & Conformance - or DMARC - standard is very low in the healthcare sector, and broader use could greatly reduce phishing risks, according to a new study.
The healthcare sector's cybersecurity efforts needs to shift from a focus on protecting patient information confidentiality to protecting patient safety, says Joshua Corman, co-founder I Am The Cavalry, a grassroots, not-for-profit cyber safety organization.
The financial sector is under increasing threat from cybercrime syndicates, and the distributed nature of today's predominantly Russian-speaking attackers is making them tough to disrupt, says Rob Wainwright, director of Europol.
Ransomware and other cyberattacks will be the biggest health technology hazard in 2018, according to the ECRI Institute. It's the first time the patient safety research organization has listed cyber issues as the top threat.
Many enterprises use remote desktop protocol to remotely administer their PCs and mobile devices. But security experts warn that weak RDP credentials are in wide circulation on darknet marketplaces and increasingly used by ransomware attackers.