Cybersecurity experts are worried about attacks and ransomware directed at the 70,000 water and wastewater facilities in the U.S. In November 2020, the Hampton Roads Sanitation District was infected with the Ryuk ransomware. Fortunately, its operational technology systems were unaffected, and it recovered.
It's no surprise that as some ransomware-wielding criminals have been hitting healthcare, pipelines and other sectors that provide critical services, governments have been recasting the risk posed by ransomware not just as a business threat but as an urgent national security concern.
Good news on the breach prevention and incident response front: More businesses are getting more mature practices in place, although as attackers continue to improve their efforts, so too must defenders, says incident response expert Rocco Grillo of consultancy Alvarez & Marsal.
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration has issued new security directives for higher-risk freight railroads, passenger rail, and rail transit that it says will strengthen cybersecurity across the transportation sector in response to growing threats to critical infrastructure.
Many ransomware-wielding attackers continue to rely on initial access brokers to easily gain deep access to victims' systems, allowing them to steal data and attempt to pressure victims into paying via data leak sites. Researchers say that the number of victims being listed on such sites has surged.
In the latest weekly update, four editors at Information Security Media Group discuss important cybersecurity issues, including how the FBI has seized bitcoins from an alleged REvil ransomware affiliate, how to mitigate risks from BIN attacks and the latest COVID-19 trends globally.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of best practices for negotiating a ransom payment. Also featured: Busting Zero Trust myths and the dangers of mythologizing defenders.
Following the holiday recess, U.S. lawmakers are picking up several legislative priorities starting Monday, including progress on the annual defense spending bill, which contains amendments that would require incident reporting for critical infrastructure providers, among other measures.
The annual IRISSCOM cybercrime conference in Dublin aims to give attendees "an overview of the current cyberthreats facing businesses in Ireland and throughout the world" and how to best defend themselves, organizers say. Here are visual highlights from the conference's latest edition.
In this episode of "Cybersecurity Unplugged," Dan Bowden, CISO at Sentara Health, discusses telemedicine, IoMT, and explains why we’re lagging so far behind in healthcare security. "It’s because of how the data is managed, data standards, data integrity."
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of how organizations can reduce risk especially over holidays and weekends, when attackers are most likely to strike. Also featured: Highlights from Ireland's IRISSCON 2021 cybercrime conference; what's ahead for COVID-19 and the workplace?
No ransomware victim ever wants to pay a ransom. But if for whatever reason they choose to do so, multiple tactics can help them negotiate down initial demands by 50% or more. So say two researchers at NCC Group's cybersecurity division Fox-IT, based on their review of over 700 ransomware negotiations.
Ransomware attackers commonly bypass traditional email gateways, targeting people directly to gain access to a company's systems. The answer? Replace these porous controls with a people-centric security strategy, says Matt Cooke of Proofpoint.
On the heels of supply chain attacks, critical infrastructure hits and ransomware gone wild, what more can we expect from cyber attackers in 2022? Plenty, says Derek Manky of Fortinet's FortiGuard Labs. He details his New Year predictions.
The U.S. government warns all businesses that they're at elevated risk of online attacks during Thanksgiving, given attackers' proclivity to strike on weekends and holidays. The alert is a reminder of the importance of having in place well-practiced incident response plans. Here's where to start.