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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 […]

INFOGRAPHIC: Data breaches, vulnerabilities spike in first half of 2017

For the most part, year-to-year this century, statistics about data breaches have steadily grown worse, and 2017 is no exception. The magnitude of data breaches is on track to exceed last year, based on a recent report by Risk Based Security Inc. Already, in the first six months of 2017, more than 6 billion records […]

PODCAST: Former White House CIO — companies need cyber defense strategy

By Byron V. Acohido Theresa Payton honed her cybersecurity skills as the White House’s first female chief information officer, under President George W. Bush. Payton is now president and CEO of cybersecurity consulting company Fortalice Solutions. I had the chance to interview her at the recent Enfuse 2017 cybersecurity conference in Las Vegas. We discussed […]

Q&A: Why WannaCry signals a coming wave of nation-state cyber weapon hacks

By Byron  V. Acohido Companies would be remiss to downplay the profound implications of last month’s headline-grabbing WannaCry ransomware attack. WannaCry was a mere harbinger; the tip of the iceberg. WannaCry happened a few weeks after the Shadow Brokers hacking collective stole dozens of the National Security Agency’s ace-in-the-hole hacking tools. Shadow Brokers futilely tried […]