The breach of Hong Kong toymaker VTech highlights security experts' growing concern over manufacturers selling devices - for enterprises, medical purposes, schools as well as homes and now toy boxes - that don't appear to be secure by design.
Consultant, venture capitalist, retired chairman of RSA. Art Coviello plays many roles, and through them he has a unique view on how the information security marketplace is taking shape for 2016. Who does he see as the winners and losers?
The Chinese government concedes the attack on U.S. Office of Personnel Management computers emanated from China, but it contends the culprits were criminals, not individuals working for the Chinese government or military. Some experts in the United States aren't buying the Chinese government's explanation.
The security of Internet-connected toys is in the limelight after toymaker VTech acknowledged suffering a data breach that affects 5 million accounts and personal information and photographs relating to more than 200,000 children.
As the U.S. moves toward faster payments, it must include new payments providers, such as Apple Pay and Square, as well as banks in all efforts to ensure security, says David Lott of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.
While cyberattacks will continue to menace healthcare and other business sectors next year, organizations can't afford to overlook addressing risks tied to insiders, who are responsible for most data breaches, says Michael Bruemmer of Experian Data Breach Resolution.
Business email compromise attacks are becoming more sophisticated and pervasive, and smaller businesses in English-speaking countries are proving to be the most common targets, says PhishLabs' Joseph Opacki, who calls on banks to show customers examples of the schemes.
Ireland's Cyber Crime Conference in Dublin drew a capacity crowd for a full day of security briefings, networking, hotly contested capture-the-flag and secure-coding challenges, as well as a chance to sharpen one's lock-picking skills.
TalkTalk's confusion in the wake of its recent data breach, as well as mangling of technical details and failure to encrypt customer data, demonstrate the importance of having an incident-response plan ready in advance of any breach, experts say.
The FBI is pursuing a suspected Russian hacker who reportedly amassed a trove of 1.2 billion stolen online credentials, plus payment card data and Social Security numbers, and who's offered access to hacked Facebook and Twitter accounts.
More cybersecurity specialists are making the leap from long-time careers in law enforcement, the military and the government to the private sector, says Dale Meyerrose, a retired U.S. Air Force Major General, who explains why.
Credit rating agency Moody's Corp. warns that cyber defenses as well as breach detection, prevention and response will be higher priorities in its analysis of the creditworthiness of companies across all sectors, including healthcare and financial services.
Dell is moving to patch a customer-support application preinstalled on many laptops and PCs after security researchers found that it installs a root certificate that could be abused by attackers to intercept private data.
Too many security awareness and education programs fail because they're boring, says Lance Spitzner, research and community director for the SANS Institute's "Securing the Human" program. Read his suggested fixes.