Negotiators of the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission have agreed on the first EU-wide legislation on cybersecurity. The agreement, announced in early December, was reached in response to increasing concerns about cyberattacks. The proposed law would regulate essential services as well as network companies (from Internet providers to online marketplaces and cloud services providers) to ensure their infrastructure is secure and to report major security breaches.
We have talked a bit this year about the dangers of overconfidence in data security. According to the Breach Confidence Index, 83% of organizations claimed to be “fairly” or “very” confident that their business was secure against a data breach. This contrasts with published statistics showing that almost half of all organizations suffered at least one serious security incident / data breach in the past 12 months alone. When you look at large organizations alone, 90% of organizations will suffer a security incident. And yet still, many organizations will feel that a data breach just can’t happen to them.
Millions of new devices have been bought and activated over the holidays. We saw that 2015 Black Friday sales showed some of the highest increases in new device activations for the iPad mini and a number of smartphones, with Apple product activations topping those in 2014. With Christmas now behind us, we’ll see an even larger spike in new device activations for all the tablet, smartphone and laptops gifted this holiday season.
It’s safe to say that 2015 will be remembered as the year corporate data loss entered the mainstream. It seems like every week there was news around another major data breach or cyber attack. Indeed, throughout the course of the year many records were broken – and not in a good way. This year, there have been 766 data breaches affecting a total of 177,840,420 records, more than double the records breached in 2014. And that’s only the breaches we know about or whose numbers have been disclosed.
One in three Americans will have their healthcare records compromised by cyberattacks in the coming year, a new study predicts. This is a radical figure, one which follows on the heels of the Verizon report earlier this month, which indicated that half of Americans had their healthcare records compromised since 2009.
It’s the busiest season of the year for the retail sector, one where more temporary staff come online, more people come in through the door, and more rush puts the pressure on an already difficult job of protecting data. According to a new report, many retailers entered this season with a “false sense of confidence” about their ability to secure sensitive information, when this same report found many gaps in data protection.
There are three patterns of behaviour that account for 86% of all healthcare data breaches. And hacking? It’s not nearly as much of a problem as loss and theft of unencrypted devices continues to be. A new report from Verizon has just cracked open the information on healthcare data and how it’s breached, offering valuable insights into healthcare data protection.
What trends our on the horizon for cybersecurity in 2016? Absolute’s Lance Mueller was recently asked to contribute his thoughts, alongside a number of other security professionals, to an article in SC Magazine on security predictions for 2016 and beyond. His predictions revolve around the shift in data being targeted and the more prevalent use of ransomware.