Kirk was executive editor for security and technology for Information Security Media Group. Reporting from Sydney, Australia, he created "The Ransomware Files" podcast, which tells the harrowing stories of IT pros who have fought back against ransomware.
An effective security control program should focus on people and processes and not just technology, says Ashwin Ram, cybersecurity evangelist with Check Point. Ram also shares his insights on data breach trends.
At least 38 million records have been leaked by hundreds of online portals that were unwittingly misconfigured by organizations using Power Apps, a Microsoft service to quickly spin up web apps. Microsoft has now changed default settings for Power Apps to prevent inadvertent data exposures.
Microsoft issued emergency software patches on Tuesday for four zero-day vulnerabilities in its Exchange email server. The alarming vulnerabilities could allow a remote attacker into Exchange and possibly enable further lateral movement.
A critical component within millions of consumer and enterprise IoT devices has dangerous software flaws. New research from Forescout Technologies into open-source TCP-IP stacks shows millions of devices from 150 vendors are likely vulnerable.
Contact-tracing apps are continuing to take shape around the world as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Using privacy-by-design principles is critical to building trust in these apps, says privacy expert Ann Cavoukian.
It's common for security researchers to be ignored when reporting a software vulnerability. The latest example - vulnerabilities found by Independent Security Evaluators in a router made by China-based Tenda.
The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced new risks for enterprises as employees access corporate networks and applications from home. Sudip Banerjee of Zscaler says that cloud security solutions offer advantages over VPNs.
Apple and Google have released new APIs designed to support contact-tracing apps being developed by governments to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Already at least three U.S. states and 22 countries have expressed interest in using the APIs to build their apps.
Australia's Parliament passed a new law on Thursday to deal with a range of legal and privacy concerns arising from its quickly developed contact-tracing app, COVIDSafe. Misusing data and other offenses could garner a five-year prison sentence.
If an organization fails to stop a ransomware attack, how does it recover the data? Backups, of course, are essential. But Peter Marelas of Dell Technologies says organizations should have a well-developed strategy for backups because attackers are increasingly targeting those systems as well.
Even in the best of economic circumstances, enterprises face risks of insiders stealing data or selling access to systems. But Joseph Blankenship of Forrester says the possibility of layoffs due to the COVID-19 pandemic puts enterprises at more risk of insider threats.
Researchers are seeing a spike in opportunism by fraudsters and cybercriminals seeking to profit from the COVID-19 crisis. Underground online markets are offering a range of pandemic-related goods, from face masks to fraudulent vaccines.
Less than 24 hours after the Australian government released its COVID-19 contact-tracing app Sunday, nearly 2 million people had downloaded it. As security and privacy experts review the app, one outstanding question is if the public will trust it enough to reach the public health target of 10 million users.
Australia's pandemic contact-tracing app may be released by the end of the month. The app will collect names and phone numbers, enabling health authorities to contact those who've been exposed to people who have been infected with COVID-19.