The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report offers a deep dive on the debate about whether law enforcement officials should have a "backdoor" to circumvent encryption. Also featured: An analysis of Equifax's settlement with the FTC and a discussion of a new report on the cost of data breaches.
Warning: Attackers are abusing poorly secured and managed implementations of Microsoft Windows Active Directory to hack organizations and distribute ransomware. Fewer old operating systems and greater Active Directory security knowledge are helping mitigate the threat. But experts say more must be done.
The U.S. Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission officially announced a privacy settlement with Facebook that includes a record-setting $5 billion fine. As part of the agreement, CEO Mark Zuckerberg must submit quarterly and annual reports to show that the company is in compliance with the FTC order.
U.S. Attorney General William Barr argued on Tuesday that enabling law enforcement to access encrypted content would only minimally increase data security risks. Barr's comments drew criticism from lawmakers and technologists, who contend backdoors would put the public at greater risk.
Security leaders for a decade now have been discussing the profession's growing skills gap. But what is its true business impact, and what are some near- and long-term strategies to mitigate it? FireEye's Gareth Maclachlan shares insight.
Given the massive impact of the Equifax data breach, is the recently announced proposed settlement fair? One consumer advocate calls the money to be paid out by the consumer reporting agency the equivalent of a "parking ticket." Here's an analysis of the settlement's terms.
A major misconception about cloud IAM is that it's easy to implement, says Mark Perry, CTO for APAC at Ping Identity. Implementation poses challenges, and cloud IAM must be carefully integrated with other systems, he says.
Former government contractor Harold Thomas Martin III has been sentenced to serve nine years in federal prison after he pleaded guilty to stealing and retaining classified and secret files and data from U.S. government agencies, including the National Security Agency and CIA.
Credit reporting giant Equifax has negotiated a proposed settlement that could reach $700 million to resolve federal and state probes into its massive 2017 data breach, as well as a nationwide class action lawsuit. The company's total post-breach tab is likely to exceed $2 billion.
Misconfigured file storage technologies and a lack of basic security controls are the root causes for the inadvertent online exposure of 2.3 billion files worldwide that contain personal information, including sensitive medical data, says Harrison Van Riper, a security researcher at Digital Shadows.
Bulgaria's national cybercrime unit has arrested a 20-year-old local man for his alleged role in breaching the country's tax servers and exposing the financial details and other personal data of nearly 5 million citizens, according to news media reports.
A vulnerability in global airline check-in software used by 500 airlines could have been exploited to download other individuals' valid boarding passes, potentially giving them access to restricted airport spaces, warns security expert David Stubley. The flaw in Amadeus travel software has now been fixed.
Software vulnerabilities sometimes have an uncanny knack of revealing themselves, even when a bug hunter is looking someplace else. Sam Curry's probing eventually revealed a cross-site scripting flaw in a Tesla service, which netted him a $10,000 bounty.