ISMG's global editorial team reflects on the top cybersecurity news and analysis from 2021 and looks ahead to the trends already shaping 2022. From ransomware to Log4j, here is a compilation of major news events, impacts and discussions with leading cybersecurity experts on what to expect in the new year.
The Belgian Ministry of Defense, which is responsible for national defense and the Belgian military, announced on Monday that it has fallen victim to a cyberattack officials say relates to the widespread Apache Log4j vulnerability. The attack "paralyzed the ministry's activities for several days."
The year is ending with a cybersecurity bang - not whimper - due to the widespread prevalence of the Apache Log4j vulnerability. Researchers warn that at least 40% of corporate networks have been targeted by attackers seeking to exploit the flaw. More than 250 vendors have already issued security advisories.
An Ohio-based DNA testing company reported to regulators that the information of more than 2.1 million individuals contained in a legacy database was accessed and acquired in a hacking incident detected in August. The archived database contained personal information collected more than a decade ago.
Congress has passed the $1.2 trillion physical infrastructure bill, which will inject $1.9 billion in new cybersecurity funding for the federal government. The bill, long held up in Congress, passed the House on Friday and moves to the desk of President Joe Biden, who plans to sign the measure into law.
Norway's railway network, Bane NOR, is undergoing a nationwide digitization process. Its CISO, Tom Remberg, describes the task of replacing legacy technology with digital train control and traffic management systems and how his role as CISO is critical to making that transformation happen.
Federal regulators are reminding healthcare organizations about the critical importance of addressing security risks involving legacy systems and devices - including specialty software and gear - that are often difficult for entities to replace. What steps should entities take?
While doing digital transformation, CISOs tend to look more at technology and try to adapt it without making the distinction between technologies that are must-have and good to have. Krishnamurthy Rajesh of ICRA says CISOs must analyze risks, update security, and change the mindset of employees.
Findings from CyberTheory's 2021 Third Quarter Review indicate that criminals are exploiting the open-source supply chain, and those exploits are proving much more difficult to identify, defend and stop in terms of complexity and depth than we've seen before, says CyberTheory's director, Steve King.
U.S. federal agencies issued a joint advisory around potential cyber threats to the nation's water facilities. They cite "ongoing malicious cyber activity - by both known and unknown actors - targeting the IT and OT technology networks, systems and devices" of U.S. water and wastewater systems.
Criminal hackers don't break for lunches, weekends or holidays. Of course, that's just one of many challenges facing information security teams, as they attempt to maximize visibility and minimize complexity while protecting their business around the clock, says Peter Van Lierde, the CISO of energy firm Sibelga.
How does one begin to secure the digital transformation journey in two legacy enterprises? Kush Sharma, principal for Sharma and Company and former CISO for the city of Toronto, shares his experience and offers advice on investing in and integrating technologies.
As the risks to IT and OT converge, organizations must use "zero trust" to verify user identities and build effective monitoring capabilities to track the behavior of privileged users, say Kartik Shahani of Tenable and Rohan Vaidya of CyberArk.
CISA must update its plans to improve the security - both physical and cyber - within the nation's critical infrastructure, according to a report that specifically looked at issues related to the country's dams and levees. Attacks targeting critical infrastructure have raised the issue.
In addition to doing asset inventory, it is important to profile the risks of each asset to ensure OT security, says Mel Migriño, vice president and group CISO at Meralco, the largest power distribution unit in the Philippines.