Bad news for anyone who might have hoped that the data breach problem was getting better. "Anecdotally, it just feels like we're seeing a massive increase recently," says Troy Hunt, the creator of the free "Have I Been Pwned?" breach-notification service. Unfortunately, he says, the problem is likely to worsen.
Organizations that want to ensure they have a solid cybersecurity strategy must ensure they rigorously pursue best practices, monitor their infrastructure, eliminate vulnerabilities as well as prepare for the worst, says Andrew Gogarty of Secon Cyber.
Defending organizations against attackers is more challenging than ever. "The complexity and sophistication of the threats has increased," says Cisco's Mark Weir. "What we're seeing a lot of at the moment as well is intellectual property theft."
With the volume of data breaches and cyberattacks continuing to rise, organizations are increasingly relying on breach and attack simulation tools to provide more consistent and automated validation of controls, says Cymulate's Tim Ager.
Singapore's Personal Data Protection Commission is seeking feedback on the government's plan to amend the Personal Data Protection Act to create a tough breach notification mandate. In the meantime, the PDPC has issued data breach management guidelines to help organizations prepare for the new requirements.
Data breaches, incident response and complying with the burgeoning number of regulations that have an information security impact were among the top themes at this year's Infosecurity Europe conference in London. Here are 10 of the top takeaways from the conference's keynote sessions.
Hacking and extortion attempts against organizations have unfortunately become all too commonplace these days. On Tuesday, an unlikely victim went public: the British band Radiohead. But was the band really a hacking and extortion victim?
What stands out most about a proposed $74 million settlement of a class action lawsuit against Premera Blue Cross in the wake of a 2014 data breach? Technology attorney Steven Teppler offers insights in this interview.
Online invitation site Evite has been hacked and information on an unspecified number of users stolen. In a data minimization fail, the breach apparently dates from earlier this year, but it's been tied to "an inactive data storage file associated with Evite user accounts" from before 2014.
Tech Data says it has disabled a logging server used for its StreamOne cloud services marketplace after a data exposure. Tech Data differs with researchers over the sensitivity over what was exposed, but the logging server is offline now.
A third medical lab test firm - BioReference Laboratories - has acknowledged that it's a victim of the data breach at American Medical Collection Agency, which may have exposed data on more than 20 million patients. Meanwhile, at least four state attorneys general are now investigating the breach.
Large global organizations should have in-house forensic capabilities so they have a clear understanding of internal infrastructure and related vulnerabilities, says Sridhar Sidhu of Wells Fargo-India.
How big will the American Medical Collection Agency data breach get? LabCorp has now revealed that data on 7.7 million of the patients it serves was potentially compromised in the breach. Earlier, Quest Diagnostics said nearly 12 million of its clients were affected. Two U.S. senators are demanding answers.
Many corporate boards of directors in India have made progress in recognizing cybersecurity as a priority. But clearly, they still have a lot of work to do. Panelists at a recent ISMG summit in Bengaluru offer insights.
Australian National University has detected a data breach that resulted in the copying of "significant amounts" of staff and student data stretching back 19 years. The intrusion began in late 2018 and was detected on May 17.