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ROUNDTABLE: The implications of Deloitte data breach, especially following hacks of Equifax, SEC

By Byron V. Acohido The astonishing rash of disclosures of data breaches at top-tier organizations continues. Big Four accounting firm Deloitte has joined Equifax and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in going public about a catastrophic loss of sensitive data. Ironically, Deloitte a few years ago branched from its core auditing and tax services […]

Equifax hack sheds light on ripe attack vector: open-source protocols used in business networks

A major takeaway from the Equifax debacle that hasn’t gotten enough attention is this: The massive data theft happened because of a vulnerability in an open-source component, which the credit bureau failed to lock down. Remember Heartbleed and Shellshock, the two massive security flaws discovered in open-source internet protocols back in 2014? The waves of network […]

INFOGRAPHIC: Studies show ‘security fatigue’ may trigger apathy in wake of Equifax hack

By Byron V. Acohido There is no mistaking that, by now, most consumers have at least a passing awareness of cyber threats. Two other things also are true: All too many people fail to take simple steps to stay safer online; and individuals who become a victim of identity theft, in whatever form, tend to […]

NEWS THIS WEEK: Kaspersky ban underway for U.S. agencies; Equifax data breach lawsuits pile up; Europe plans new agency to quell cyber threats

By Byron V. Acohido The U.S. government moved to ban the use of a Russian brand of security software by federal agencies amid concerns the company has ties to state-sponsored cyber espionage activities. Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke ordered that federal civilian agencies identify Kaspersky Lab software on their networks. After 90 days, unless otherwise directed, […]

PODCAST: How web browsers present an attack vector useful to criminal hackers — and business rivals

By Byron V. Acohido Web browsers continue to represent, arguably, the most wide-open attack vector at any given company. This is because Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Microsoft Explorer and Apple Safari all use a basic architecture ideally suited for a threat actor to manipulate. To put it bluntly, it’s all too easy for an attacker to download […]

ROUNDTABLE: The significance of the ‘Onliner’ spambot leaking 711 million emails

By Byron V. Acohido A spambot, referred to as Onliner, has been discovered delivering a malicious banking Trojan. What’s worse, the spammers behind Onliner inadvertently exposed some 711 million email addresses held in their possession. Some context is needed to grasp the significance of this. Consider that spambots have been around for a long time. […]

PODCAST: What senior executives need to understand about the global threat landscape

By Byron V. Acohido While many organizations take cybersecurity seriously, there generally remains a great need for companies and agencies to think more deeply and comprehensively about network security. That’s a top-line summary of a wide-ranging discussion I had at Black Hat 2017 in Las Vegas with Peter Alexander, chief marketing officer for Check Point […]