Russian cyber theft results in more than 1 billion stolen credentials

Passwords

This week marks yet another historic moment in cyber breaches: Security researchers say Russian hackers have stolen 4.5 billion records, gathered from more 400,000 websites, with 1.2 billion of these credentials appearing to be unique and belonging to over half a billion email addresses. This dwarfs the number of individuals affected by the Target data […]

Survey: Most critical infrastructure businesses had a major security breach in the last year

Unisys

Unisys Corporation recently sponsored a survey by the Ponemon Institute of 599 security executives of critical infrastructure providers. The top three functions of the respondents were chief information officer, business operations leader and IT security leader. According to the report, the research was conducted “to learn how utility, oil and gas, alternate energy and manufacturing […]

McAfee Labs threat report dives into key topics of the quarter

ThreatsReport

McAfee Labs recently released its June 2014 Threats Report. The report outlines key topics and threat statistics and is published every quarter. The report dives into four key cyber security topics of the quarter, which include: Almost 80 percent of the 300 Flappy Bird mobile game clones contained malware. Malware botnets that have virtual currency-mining capabilities. Despite previous […]

Survey: Cyber security again the top priority for federal CIOs

TechAmerica Survey

Following a year of continued Congressional division, sequestration, a government shutdown and the troubled rollout of Healthcare.gov, IT industry association TechAmerica last week released its annual survey of federal government CIOs. TechAmerica surveys federal government CIOs each year to gauge their ongoing priorities and concerns. In this year’s 24th annual report, that group was expanded slightly […]

Survey: Companies not prepared for cyber security risks of outsourcing

Protiviti Infographic

Post-resession, partnering with third-party vendors and outsourcing tasks that were once handled in-house has become a common cost-saving strategy. Unfortunately, many organizations aren’t prepared to address the information technology and security risks that can emerge from outsourcing, according to a new survey by the Shared Assessments Program and consulting firm Protiviti. The survey, which asked companies […]

Retailers association launches cyber intelligence sharing center

RILA logo

Retailers were among the hardest hit and most talked about victims of cyber crime in 2013. Now they are doing their best to fight back. Just yesterday, the Retail Industry Leaders Association and key retailers from around the country launched the Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center, otherwise known as R-CISC. The center is an independent […]

NIST releases systems security engineering guidelines

RonRossSpeaking

At a presentation at the University of Minnesota this morning, National Institute of Standards and Technology Fellow Ron Ross announced the publication of a new set of systems security engineering guidelines designed to help improve information security. NIST Special Publication 800-160 was released in draft form and is now available for public comment. You can download the […]

Symantec releases 2014 threat report

Symantec Threat Report

Symantec recently released its latest Internet Security Threat Report, which looks back at data from last year and offers an analysis of what happened. Not surprisingly, the company labeled 2013 “The Year of the Mega Breach.” “The total number of breaches in 2013 was 62 percent greater than in 2012 with 253 total breaches. It was […]