Pressure continues to mount on credit reporting bureau Equifax over its massive data breach. In its wake, Equifax announced that its CIO and CSO would "retire" immediately and said that the Apache Struts flaw exploited by attackers was known to the security team.
Equifax is facing increased scrutiny from Congress, including a bill that would mandate free credit freezes for consumers, on demand. But a true fix would require Congress to give U.S. government consumer watchdogs more power.
The U.S. Treasury Department has announced sanctions against 11 individuals and organizations linked to Iran, some of whom have been accused of helping to launch distributed denial-of-service attacks against dozens of U.S. banks from 2011 to 2013.
Top IT security and information risk experts, including former RSA Executive Chairman Art Coviello, analyze the struggles Equifax faces in the wake of a massive data breach in the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report.
Equifax made an error that led to one of the largest and most sensitive data breaches of all time, and the mistake was elementary: The credit bureau failed to patch a vulnerability in Apache Struts - a web application development framework - in a timely manner.
The Trump administration is directing U.S. federal executive branch agencies to remove anti-virus software from Russian-owned Kaspersky Lab from their computers within 90 days. Kaspersky denies "inappropriate" ties to Russian government.
Equifax has a new problem on its hands: Argentina. Investigators with security consultancy Hold Security discovered that Equifax's Argentina website exposed national identity numbers for at least 14,000 citizens. But the information exposure may be far more extensive.
What do you do if you're the CEO of a credit bureau that's suffered a massive breach, leading to Congressional probes, dozens of lawsuits, formal investigations by state attorneys general and calls for your resignation? Answer: Issue an apology via USA Today.
Equifax has yet to describe how its site was breached, except to blame a vague "U.S. website application vulnerability." But some security experts suspect that an unpatched flaw in Apache Struts, fixed by Apache in March, might have been exploited.
A major operation to cleanse websites of digital certificates created under questionable circumstances is underway. Google has issued the orders: Purge digital certificates that were issued by Symantec before June 1, 2016.
It isn't a specific product to be purchased and deployed, but RSA's concept of business-driven security is a new strategy to help improve communication between the operations and risk managers within security organizations. RSA's Ben Smith describes how to start.
The Russian cyber espionage group known as Pawn Storm, which has been around since 2004, has shifted gears to focus on cyber propaganda efforts, and security professionals need to be aware of the changing threat, says Ed Cabrera of Trend Micro.
Many organizations are uncertain about the overall effectiveness of their security strategy because they are still in the dark about aspects of their risk posture, says Brian Soldato of NSS Labs. Conducting a few pen tests a year is not enough, he stresses.
If the Equifax breach turns out like every other massive data breach we've seen for more than a decade, after a big brouhaha - from Congress, state attorneys general, consumer rights groups and class-action lawsuits - nothing will change, because that would require Congress to give Americans more privacy rights.