4 information security threats that will dominate 2017

As with previous years, 2016 saw no shortage of data breaches. Looking ahead to 2017, the Information Security Forum (ISF), a global, independent information security body that focuses on cyber security and information risk management, forecasts businesses will face four key global security threats in 2017. “2016 certainly lived up to expectations,” says Steve Durbin,[…]

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The US has sanctioned Russia over election hacking

The U.S. government has sanctioned Russia’s main two intelligence agencies, four military intelligence officers and is kicking out 35 Russian diplomats over what it says was aggressive harassment of U.S. officials and cyber operations around the 2016 presidential election. The move follows up on a pledge made by President Obama to retaliate against Russia for[…]

New year's resolution for IoT vendors: Start treating LANs as hostile

In November, researchers from cybersecurity firm Invincea reported a vulnerability that could have allowed hackers to infect Belkin WeMo smart plugs with malware. The flaw was located in a configuration protocol that worked over the local area network and didn’t require any authentication. In 2015, when researchers from vulnerability intelligence firm Rapid7 analyzed nine Internet-connected[…]

Thwarting cybersecurity threats with behavioral analytics in 2017

Companies are investing more money in emerging technologies that can help anticipate and detect a variety of threats, including phishing scams and advanced persistent threats, both of which are weighing heavily on the minds’ of corporate board members. For 2017 CIOs are eyeing tools that use anomaly-detecting analytics and machine learning algorithms to protect their[…]

Encryption in 2016: Small victories add up

Technology development seems to gallop a little faster each year. But there’s always one laggard: encryption. Why the deliberate pace? Because a single, small mistake can cut off communications or shut down businesses. Yet there are times when you take stock—only to discover the encryption landscape seems to have transformed overnight. Now is that time.[…]

Using big data for security only provides insight, not protection

This vendor-written tech primer has been edited by Network World to eliminate product promotion, but readers should note it will likely favor the submitter’s approach. Cybersecurity experts are excited about big data because it is the “crime scene investigator” of data science. If your organization is hacked and customer information compromised, your use of big data to collect[…]

New products of the week 12.26.16

New products of the week Image by Dabkicks Our roundup of intriguing new products. Read how to submit an entry to Network World’s products of the week slideshow. Cumulus Linux 3.2 Image by Cumulus Networks To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Source: NW Security 1

Corporate boards aren't prepared for cyberattacks

Major cyberattacks against organizations of all sizes seem to happen almost weekly. On Dec. 14, Yahoo announced the largest-ever data breach, involving more than 1 billion customer accounts. Despite the scale and potential harm from such attacks, there’s wide recognition that corporate leaders, especially boards of directors, aren’t taking the necessary actions to defend their[…]

What fake news means for IT—and how IT security can help fight it

When the story broke a week before the election about Macedonian teenagers creating fake pro-Trump news stories in order to harvest ad clicks, it triggered a serious feeling of déjà vu among those who work in cybersecurity. Scrappy bands of shady Eastern Europeans entrepreneurs taking advantages of weaknesses in our tech infrastructure to make a[…]

Black market medical record prices drop to under $10, criminals switch to ransomware

The black market value of stolen medical records dropped dramatically this year, and criminals shifted their efforts from stealing data to spreading ransom ware, according to a report released this morning. Hackers are now offering stolen records at between $1.50 and $10 each, said Anthony James, CMO at San Mateo, Calif.-based security firm TrapX, the[…]