December 28, 2016

What 2017 has in store for cybersecurity

Ryan Francis,, December 19, 2016

There is much uncertainty surrounding the security industry for 2017, and according to experts in the field, a lot of the trepidation is directly connected to what the nation’s next president will do.
Here’s what security vendors and analysts are predicting for the year ahead.

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2017 Cybersecurity Predictions: The Impact of Trump Election

Tom Kellermann,, December 26, 2016

Hacks sponsored by nation-states and attacks fueled by IoT-powered botnets are just some of the daunting threats we will see in 2017, says cybersecurity thought leader Tom Kellermann. What are his top predictions, and how should security leaders respond?

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Maybe security isn’t going to get better after all

Roger A. Grimes,, December 20, 2016

One billion-plus accounts stolen in one online heist. The U.S. presidential election messed with by another country. Corporate secrets stolen and released on the internet on a regular basis. More and more data held hostage by ransomware. Stock markets routinely manipulated by hackers. Denial-of-service attacks whacking websites all over the place.

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Mitigating internal risk: Three steps to educate employees

Isaac Kohen,, December 20, 2016

IT security is usually focused on how to prevent outsiders with malicious intent from causing harm to your IT systems and data. While this is a valid concern, people within organizations who simply do not understand the consequences of their everyday habits and behavior on company computers pose an equivalent if not greater risk.

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More Than 50% Of Biggest Holiday Retailers May Not Be PCI-Compliant

Steve Zurier,, December 22, 2016

Retailers are having a solid 2016 holiday shopping season, and no major data breaches have been reported.
But not so fast: New research by SecurityScorecard indicates that retailers are not nearly out of the woods yet. Just because no serious breaches have been reported doesn’t mean that we all may not collectively wake up with a security hangover early next year.

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What is GDPR? Everything you need to know

Joe Curtis,, December 21, 2016

Does your organisation comply with the new data protection rules?
What is the GDPR?
The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the result of four years of work by the EU to bring data protection legislation into line with new, previously unforeseen ways that data is now used.

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‘Alice’ Malware Loots ATMs

Jai Vijayan,, December 21, 2016

Malware samples these days often pack a bewildering array of functions and have an almost Swiss army knife-like quality about them. One exception is Alice, a new ATM malware family that security vendor Trend Micro discovered recently.

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Cybersecurity: What 2016 taught the healthcare industry

Marla Durben Hirsch,, December 19, 2016

One of the biggest developments in EHRs and health IT in 2016—unfortunately—was the rise of cyberattacks. It’s the unintended consequence of ditching paper records for electronic, on in-house systems or in the cloud. It’s easier to steal or compromise a greater number of records at one time when they’re digital. And the records themselves are lucrative (although the price for medical records appears to have dropped, perhaps because they’re now flooding the dark web market).

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The Cost of Ransomware Attacks Can Reach Far Beyond the Ransom Payment Itself

Ryan Bergsieker and Allison Chapin, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, December 22, 2016

The ransomware epidemic continues to spread. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, ransomware victims in the United States reported a total of more than $209 million in losses in the first three months of 2016 alone. The U.S. Department of Justice has reported that an average of 4,000 ransomware attacks occur in the United States each day.

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