As the first day of RSA Conference 2016 sessions wrapped up, ISMG's editorial team sat down to discuss their takeaways from sessions and interviews. Editors Tom Field, Tracy Kitten and Mathew Schwartz offer an RSA review.
As a result of high-profile breaches, emerging malware threats and increased regulatory scrutiny, CISOs at financial institutions are under more pressure than ever to develop innovative strategies for enhancing cybersecurity. And the CISO's evolving role will be a hot topic at RSA Conference 2016.
Congressman Will Hurd has a simple request for U.S. government agencies: Have you been using vulnerable Juniper Networks devices? But Congress needs to consider tougher questions about its culpability in this backdoor debacle.
How many networking vendors - like Juniper - have been selling devices with backdoors attackers could use to intercept and decrypt communications? Some networking giants say they've launched code reviews. But why are eight vendors staying silent?
Networking giant Fortinet warns that more products than it initially suspected have a hardcoded password that attackers could abuse to remotely gain backdoor access to vulnerable devices. But why did the flaws take so long to be found?
The Ukrainian energy sector is being targeted by fresh phishing attacks, the country's computer emergency response team warns. But it's not clear who's behind those campaigns, or a recent malware infection at Kiev's main airport.
Networking vendor Fortinet refutes a researcher's assertions that there is an SSH "backdoor" in the FortiOS firmware that runs its devices. Many experts say that while the patched flaw looks unintentional, it might still serve as a backdoor.
A team of cryptographers has found that the random-number generator Dual_EC - known to have been backdoored by the NSA - was added to Juniper's ScreenOS firmware around 2008 and is still present, although the networking giant has promised to soon replace it.
Reports on the Ukrainian energy supplier hack have left many crucial questions unanswered: Who was involved, did malware directly trigger a blackout and are other suppliers at risk from similar attacks? Cybersecurity experts offer potential answers.
Banking and government institutions, and other organizations that employ Juniper Networks gear, are being actively targeted after the company warned that it discovered that someone added a backdoor to the firmware in 2012. Who's responsible?
Hyatt warns that it's the latest hotel chain to fall victim to POS malware. It's offered scant breach-related details, but lots of bromides about taking payment card security seriously and urging customers to keep paying by card.
In the wake of Juniper Networks finding "unauthorized code" in its firewall firmware that could be used to remotely access devices and encrypted communications, Cisco is reviewing its own code for signs of tampering. Will other vendors follow suit?
The FBI is reportedly investigating newly discovered "unauthorized code" in the firmware that runs the NetScreen firewalls built by Juniper Networks, which attackers could have been using to remotely access devices and decrypt traffic without leaving a trace.
Ireland's Cyber Crime Conference in Dublin drew a capacity crowd for a full day of security briefings, networking, hotly contested capture-the-flag and secure-coding challenges, as well as a chance to sharpen one's lock-picking skills.