Freedom of Information requests sent to 430 U.K. local government councils by Barracuda Networks found that at least 27 percent of councils have suffered ransomware outbreaks. Thankfully, almost none have paid ransoms, and good backup practices appear widespread.
Given the current threat environment, it's urgent that organizations add technical experts to their boards of directors to help ensure the development of effective cybersecurity strategies, says Art Coviello, retired chairman of RSA.
What advice does the new CISO of fast-food giant McDonald's, who has served as CISO at two other major corporations, have for how to communicate with the board of directors? Tim Youngblood offers insights in this exclusive interview.
In the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report: a look at the former Equifax chief information security officer and whether her lack of academic credentials in IT or IT security is relevant to the massive breach at the credit reporting agency.
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.
Two Russian hackers, members of a group called "Shaltay-Boltai" - Humpty Dumpty in Russian - that stole and sold high-level Russian officials' emails, have been sentenced to serve three years in prison. The case against them may tie to a high-profile Russian treason investigation.
Cory Mazzola, a cybersecurity leader at Las Vegas Sands Corp., says recruiting security pros amid a talent shortage requires putting aside expectations about degrees and backgrounds. Instead, he says companies need to be willing to develop new skills in their new hires.
Password security guidance: Do block users from picking commonly used passwords. But to avoid a usability nightmare, don't block users from picking any password that's ever been seen in a data breach, security experts advise.
The ISMG Security Report leads with views on a novel way to fund the growth of the United States military's Cyber Command by seizing assets such as digital currencies from hackers and other criminals. Also, we offer tips on how to recruit scarce IT security pros.
Organizations in all sectors "need to look at the CISO role as an executive position with holistic understanding and a more well-rounded background" to help ensure security goals align with business goals, says consultant Ed Amoroso, former AT&T chief security officer.
The never-ending stream of bad information security news is fueling a virtual gold rush for companies offering protection. A new report from Forrester predicts a healthy growth rate over the next five years, with some specific technologies expected to see double-digit growth.
Hiring managers will need to get increasingly creative to find talent to fill their vacant information security positions, particularly in a shallow talent pool that is forecasted to get even thinner. Experts in the hiring trenches offer seven key tips to consider.
Beyond the emotion, the arrest of security researcher Marcus Hutchins last month on charges that he developed and sold banking malware has thrust information security researchers into the legal limelight and highlighted just how much law enforcement agencies rely on them.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report leads with a closer look at a new exploit kit and whether it represents a resurgence in these types of criminal packages. Also featured: a discussion of new vehicle security concerns and communications advice for CISOs.