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Identity automation caps Medibank’s three-year data overhaul

Credit: ID 95290124 © Sdecoret | Dreamstime.com Private health insurer Medibank is reaping the benefits of faster, more effective user authentication as it nears the end of a three-year overhaul that spanned data discovery, technology simplification, and the introduction of an identity and access management (IAM) framework built around its streamlined data-management processes. The project […]

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Marriott Starwood hotel data breach FAQ: What 500 million hacked guests need to know

It’s been a couple of months since a major company unveiled a data breach that affected millions of people, so it’s time for a new one. The Marriot hotel chain has announced a major database breach that could affect anyone who stayed at its 6,700 worldwide Starwood hotel properties since 2014—up to 500 million people […]

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Stop treating internal and external threats like they’re different things

Credit: ID 97979443 © Alexander Yakimov | Dreamstime.com Security professionals need to stop thinking about cybersecurity threats as being internally or externally focused and understand that the two forms of attack are intrinsically related, a cybersecurity expert has advised in the wake of survey findings suggesting Australian executives see internal threats as the biggest perceived […]

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GCHQ: this is how we decide to report a security bug or keep it a secret

Credit: ID 73949819 © Valeriy Kachaev | Dreamstime.com British spy agency GCHQ and its info-sec unit, NCSC, today outlined how they decide whether or not to tell vendors when they find security bugs during bug hunting escapades GCHQ and NCSC today published an outline of the ‘equities process’ they use to decide whether or not to […]

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US charges two Iranians over SamSam ransomware attacks on hospitals and agencies

The US Justice Department has charged two Iranian citizens for developing and using the notorious SamSam ransomware against hundreds of US organizations.  Prosecutors allege Faramarz Shahi Savandi, 34, and Mohammad Mehdi Shah Mansouri, 27, were behind a nearly three year ransomware spree that affected 200 organizations and caused $30 million in losses.  The pair have […]

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Enhance Ransomware Protection with Ransomware Remediation

Credit: Max Bender Ransomware has been one of the most prolific malware families for years, generating financial losses for targeted users and organizations, as well as significant revenue for cybercriminals. In 2017, the FBI issued a warning stating that ransomware alone was responsible for an estimated $1 billion in earnings for cybercriminals. By the end […]

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After a tough year in data compliance, 2019 promises more clarity for businesses

Credit: ID 80535117 © Hofred | Dreamstime.com New guidelines for data sharing have provided clarity for businesses around their privacy and data breach obligations, but 2019 will see even greater improvements as emergent California privacy guidelines trigger privacy protections across the globe. After a punishing year in information privacy saw many companies caught flat-footed around […]

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Microsoft Azure authentication services stumble again after last week’s 14hr outage

Microsoft engineers today were busy trying to contain another disruption to customers who use Azure Active Directory multi-factor authentication (MFA).  Another day of frustrations for customers using Microsoft’s Azure authentication services is causing jitters among customers and partners about rolling out Azure-based multi-factor authentication.  The latest troubles come just a day after Microsoft revealed why some […]

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Microsoft launches review after a trio of Azure bugs locked users out of Office 365

Credit: ID 127102662 © Ricochet69 | Dreamstime.com Microsoft today explained why customers that use Azure multi-factor authentication were locked out of Azure and Office 365 accounts for about 14 hours last Monday.  As reported last week, Microsoft Azure Active Directory (AD) Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) services suffered a lengthy outage affecting organizations that mandate MFA, a key […]

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​The week in security: ’Tis the season to be hacked​​

Credit: ID 61326693 © Denis Voronin | Dreamstime.com With the traditional warnings about being extra vigilant about security in the face of price-slashing Black Friday deals, the industry is ramping up for the end of the year. Cybersecurity pundits are already casting their eyes towards 2019, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still breaches happening […]