In a busy congressional day for cybersecurity legislation, the U.S. House of Representatives passed several bills on Wednesday, targeting both software supply chain and telecommunication system security. One observer describes them as "a win-win for the government and U.S. citizens."
In this update, four editors discuss key cybersecurity issues, including addressing the complexity of security, the rising number of victims targeted by double extortion ransomware and the Information Commissioner's Office's recent consultation on creating an international data transfer agreement.
A flurry of hacking incidents and other recent breach developments highlight the cyberthreats and risks facing fertility healthcare and other related specialty providers that handle sensitive patient information.
Dutch cybercrime police have a message for almost 30 users of an on-demand distributed denial-of-service site: We see what you're doing; now cut it out or we're going to arrest you. And not for the first time, the move shows police in Europe emphasizing ethical hacking pursuits instead for young adults.
In an effort to bolster endpoint protection within the U.S. government, the White House is ordering federal agencies to allow CISA to access existing deployments. It is also setting timelines for improving the protection of workstations, mobile phones and servers.
The UK's NCSC has published an updated guidance for employees using their personal devices for work. The agency offers technical controls for different types of bring-your-own-device, or BYOD, deployments. And a Bitdefender report stresses the need for good cyber hygiene when using BYOD.
A congressional letter sent to the heads of four federal agencies expressed an urgent need for the Biden administration to continue combating ransomware. This includes a particular focus on the cryptocurrency infrastructure that is enabling these cyberattacks, four Democratic lawmakers say.
A federal law signed earlier this year amending the HITECH Act could help incentivize many healthcare sector entities to bolster their cybersecurity programs, says federal adviser Erik Decker, CISO of Intermountain Health, who suggest other incentives, as well.
The U.S. Department of Justice said this week it will pursue government contractors that fail to report cybersecurity incidents. The department also announced the formation of a Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team to prosecute the misuse of virtual currencies.
Four federal agencies have been awarded $311 million to bolster the U.S. government's cyber defenses and address IT modernization challenges, according to the interagency board of the Technology Modernization Fund, a federal funding source, which made the announcement Thursday.
Cybersecurity and computer science experts testifying before Congress on Tuesday expressed concerns about their inability to access key social media data sets that could allow them to analyze and potentially counter the spread of misinformation.
The Department of Health and Human Services has named Lisa J. Pino - a former Department of Homeland Security official charged with mitigating the massive 2015 cyberattack on Office of Personnel Management - as the new director of its HIPAA enforcement agency.
Brian Barnier, a director of analytics who is developing a course on critical and design thinking in cybersecurity for CyberEd.io, is a firm believer in the importance of critical thinking today. He discusses how that, plus systems and design thinking, can improve the way cybersecurity functions.
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The acquisition of the SAFE Identity consortium and its trust framework by DirectTrust, best known for creating and maintaining trust frameworks for secure email messaging in healthcare, will help facilitate new secure health information exchange use cases, says DirectTrust CEO Scott Stuewe.