Blockchain technology already underpins the boom in cryptocurrencies, but it is also being rigorously tested and developed for other applications, including identity and access management. Such projects could make personal data easier to secure and less vulnerable to data breaches.
Orwell got it wrong: People are less likely to surrender their privacy to a totalitarian state than to the lure of sharing holiday snaps, cat videos or the route and time they took for their latest cycling, jogging or kiteboarding outing, as captured by a wearable fitness device.
The booming interest and sometimes surging values of cryptocurrencies are drawing the interest of cybercriminals on a scale never seen before - including attacks aimed at trying to steal computing power to mine cryptocurrency.
Leading the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report: Inside the darknet marketplaces that serve cybercrime-as-a-service buyers and sellers. Also, why the healthcare sector remains so bad at detecting data breaches and blocking ransomware.
In a budget speech, India's finance minister announced the launch of a "cyberspace mission" and an effort to promote the use of several new technologies, including blockchain, to bolster the nation's data security. Security experts offer mixed reviews of the announcements.
The number of data breaches reported by U.S. organizations reached an all-time high last year. In 2017, organizations that described how bad their breach was - and one-third did not - collectively lost 14 million payment cards and 158 million Social Security numbers, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center.
The U.S. government's idea to take the reins of the development of 5G mobile networks has been met with cynicism and criticism. But there are goods reasons the government is worried: Standards haven't been set in stone yet, and 5G will present a bevy of new security challenges. Here are some of them.
As big-data analytics matures, it will play a bigger role, but security information and event management software, or SIEMs, will also remain essential, contends Gary Warner, director of research in computer forensics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
The White House, fearing China is spying on phone calls, has suggested that the U.S. government take a primary role in marshaling the development of secure 5G networks. But would nationalizing 5G networks make them more secure?
Coincheck, a Tokyo-based exchange, says it suffered a hack attack that led to the theft of $530 million worth of XEM cryptocurrency from its hot wallet. But the developers of XEM say they are tagging all accounts that receive the stolen funds to stop it from being converted to cash.
How much does it cost to buy cybercrime-enabling products or services? Just $5 and up, security researchers say. Law enforcement agencies warn that small-time players as well as "serious and organized" crime rings are using cybercrime as a service to make illicit profits.
Leading the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report: Ransomware crypto-locks customer data stored by a cloud-based service provider. Also, there's a move afoot to use blockchain technology to better protect people's personally identifiable information.
In separate cases, two hackers have either pleaded guilty or been sentenced to serve jail time in part for launching or facilitating DDoS attacks. One defendant, John Kelsey Gammell, was unmasked after taunting a former employer over the "ongoing IT issues" his DDoS attacks were causing.
Organizations in the Middle East and Central Asia are beginning to respond to the nuances of the evolving threat landscape in the region, says Tata Communication' Avinash Prasad in this exclusive interview.