The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report analyzes the debate over whether the government should require technology firms to use weak encryption for messaging applications. Plus, D-Link's proposed settlement with the FTC and a CISO's update on medical device security.
Findings from researchers who hacked Croatia-based vendor Zipato's smart hub controllers, which can manage networked locks, lights and security cameras, underscore the risks that can accompany home automation devices. "Smart home" vendor Zipato says it's fixed the flaws.
D-Link has reached a proposed settlement with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, which alleged the IoT device developer left consumers vulnerable to hackers through inadequate security practices. The terms of the settlement may serve as a warning to IoT makers to get their security checks in order.
When it comes to drivers for implementing and maintaining privileged access management programs, Wallix's Grant Burst says that demonstrating compliance and safety remain top priorities. Another driver, he says, is the sheer interconnectedness of devices - driven by the rise of IoT.
The White House budget chief is seeking to delay a ban on the U.S. government using products manufactured by Huawei. In a letter to Vice President Mike Pence, Russell T. Vought, the acting director of the Office of Management and Budget, says organizations need more time to switch suppliers.
The U.S. Commerce Department will offer a 90-day reprieve to a handful of companies that conduct business with Huawei before the Trump administration's ban on the use of the Chinese company's technologies fully kicks in, the Wall Street Journal reports. Meanwhile, Google announces it will continue to work with Huawei.
The Department of Homeland Security is warning that Chinese-made drones could be sending sensitive data back to their manufacturers, where it can be accessed by the government, according to news reports.
The lack of secure coding is a pervasive and serious threat to national security, according to a new paper from the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology. In an interview, Rob Roy, co-author of the report, outlines what steps should be taken to encourage or enforce secure coding practices.
An independent security researcher is warning about a vulnerability in peer-to-peer software used in millions of IoT devices that could allow a hacker to eavesdrop on conversations or turn these items into a botnet.
A warning that a smartwatch marketed to parents for tracking and communicating with their children could be coopted by hackers leads the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report. It also reviews how a DNS hijacking campaign is hitting organizations and how "dark patterns" trick users.
The advent of IoT devices and IT/operational technology integration have dramatically expanded the attack surface. And as a result, the definition of threat intelligence is changing, says Vishak Raman of Cisco.
Mirai, the powerful malware that unleashed unprecedented distributed denial-of-service attacks in 2016, has never gone away. And now a new version has been equipped with fresh exploits that suggest its operators want to harness the network bandwidth offered by big businesses.