This edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of the very latest ransomware trends. Also featured: Discussions of Microsoft's move to DNS over HTTPS and strategies for tackling IoT security challenges.
In the wake of Google's plan to buy Fitbit, two U.S. senators have introduced legislation that aims to protect the privacy of consumer health data collected on wearable devices. Meanwhile, a House committee is scrutinizing the healthcare system Ascension's sharing of patient data with Google.
While IoT devices are entering enterprises at a rapid pace, the security practices around them are as much as 20 years behind those for enterprise computing, says Sean Peasley of Deloitte, who outlines steps organizations can take to ensure safe IoT computing.
A House impeachment hearing has revealed that President Donald Trump spoke by phone with a key ambassador - who was sitting in a Kiev restaurant - about "investigations." If that mobile phone call was unsecured, security experts say, foreign intelligence agencies could have intercepted it.
There are robust and detailed discussions in cybercriminal forums on how to attack modern vehicles, seeking clandestine methods to steal cars, says Etay Maor of IntSights. Luckily, hackers aren't aiming to remotely trigger an accident, but there are broader concerns as vehicles become increasingly computerized.
Federal prosecutors have charged a Long Island company, along with seven of its employees, with selling vulnerability-laden Chinese technology to the U.S. military and other agencies for a decade and passing the gear off as American made.
In December, PCI SSC plans to publish a new standard for solutions that enable "tap and go" transactions on merchant smartphones and other commercial off-the shelf mobile devices. Troy Leach, the council's CTO, offers insights on the role the standard will play in enhancing security for smaller merchants.
Mobile devices are attractive targets for attackers because of messages, call logs, location data and more. State-sponsored groups are digging ever deeper into mobile hacking, says Brian Robison of BlackBerry Cylance.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is pushing a proposal that would ban U.S. telecommunications firms from using commission funds to buy equipment from companies deemed national security threats. The new rule would first target Chinese telecom companies Huawei and ZTE.
The threat and risk surface of internet of things devices deployed in automobiles is exponentially increasing, which poses risks for the coming wave of autonomous vehicles, says Campbell Murray of BlackBerry. Large code bases, which likely have many hidden software bugs, are part of the problem, he says.
Connected devices - the sheer number of them and the scale of the cybersecurity risks they pose - are a top concern in 2020 and beyond, says Robert Falzon of Check Point Software Technologies, who weighs in on the threats and technologies he's watching.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers has introduced a bill to help U.S. telecommunications providers "rip and replace" any Chinese-built networking equipment. The move comes as many experts warn that using Huawei or ZTE 5G equipment poses an unacceptable national security risk.
The U.S. electric grid is growing increasingly vulnerable to cyberattacks from countries such as Russia, and a well carried out attack on the grid could cause widespread power outages, according to a new GAO audit. Industrial control systems are particularly vulnerable.
Two years after WannaCry wreaked havoc via flaws in SMB_v1 and three years after Mirai infected internet of things devices en masse via default credentials, attackers are increasingly targeting the same flaws, security experts warn.