Cybersecurity

July 24, 2017
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Medical devices, such as such as pacemakers, insulin pumps and defibrillators, could become lethal in the hands of a hacker tampering with them remotely.

 A new study that shows medical devices—and patients—are vulnerable to cyber attacks is a wake-up call for manufacturers, according to a Silicon Valley software company that sponsored the study.

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July 18, 2017
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The countdown has begun. In less than a year, tough new rules on data protection will come into effect for the European Union. For the first time, companies will be required to notify regulatory authorities, and potentially consumers, in the event of a significant cyber breach.

In elevating the rights of consumers, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) represents a sea change in how companies will have to operate—and...

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July 15, 2017
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The DocuSign malware attack that occurred in mid-May is noteworthy because it highlights a go-to tactic popular with cyber criminals at the moment: account takeovers.

Attackers will first steal email data or credentials and then use them to launch highly targeted phishing campaigns. The one-two punch targets anyone with an email address and is becoming increasingly common.

DocuSign confirmed...

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July 10, 2017
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Malcolm Nance predicted Russian hackers were trying to influence the course of American politics in his book, The Plot to Hack America: How Putin’s Cyberspies and WikiLeaks Tried to Steal the 2016 Election.

Since then, the intelligence expert, historian and author has become the lead counter-terrorism expert  for NBC News and MSNBC, analyzing the Russian hacking investigation and related news from the Capitol.

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July 6, 2017
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Preet Bharara, a former federal prosecutor known for fighting cyber crime, will speak at the 2017 Privacy XChange Forum Oct. 22-24 in Lake Las Vegas, Nevada.

He joins an incredible lineup of speakers, including intelligence expert Malcolm Nance and cyber security guru Bruce Schneier at the Privacy XChange Forum (PxF). Now in its fifth year, the forum brings together cyber security and industry leaders from around the world to shape the cyber security agenda for the year....

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June 28, 2017
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In today’s connected world, cyber crime seems to be everywhere—at home, at work and in the devices we carry with us around the clock. Information security threats are more complex, widespread and challenging to address than ever before. And their speed has increased, as new vulnerabilities are discovered and exploited on a daily basis. Organizations and government agencies of all sizes are under attack, putting the personal information of millions of people at...

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June 15, 2017
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Your policyholders may not even be aware that their networks are part of the Internet of Things. All it takes is adding any kind of smart device that connects to the internet, such as a baby monitor, TV, virtual assistant, thermostat, security camera or any type of appliance, to their home network. These devices add convenience to our lives—but they are also a convenient way for hackers to gain access to our networks and personal information.

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June 13, 2017
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More than ever, chief security officers are being held accountable for keeping their business safe. Phishing attacks, data breaches, ransomware and the ever-increasing access by employees to technology and data are driving this accountability. But there’s only so much that technology solutions can do to protect against threats.

What else should organizations do? It turns out that most breaches are the result of an employee...

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June 10, 2017
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Researchers agree—health care is now one of the top three targets for cyber attackers. No matter what type of health care facility you work in—a large research hospital, clinic, regional medical center, health insurance company, or a company that provides business or clinical services for health care—the data you work with is worth millions of dollars on the dark web. And attackers can hold a hospital hostage, almost instantly halt operations, and disrupt critical medical processes.

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June 9, 2017
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Vladimir Putin has been far more visible lately with statements on the Russian-U.S. election story. Well-schooled in the art of Russian linguistic vagary, he alternately has said that Russian freelance hackers may have been involved, or that a 3-year-old may have been involved, all with a taunting...

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