Unless you’ve been entirely off the grid, you have probably heard that a number of high-profile organizations have recently been targeted by ransomware. It’s part of a growing trend that has the potential to impact large numbers of people, with potentially devastating consequences.
I am currently at Troopers, a well-known German hacking conference in Heidelberg. I had heard many positive reports on about this conference, especially their awesome hardware badge, and am glad I finally got to speak there. My talk was on hacking a smart toothbrush, and why it's important to secure any connected device, even those - like toothbrushes - that seem harmless. If you missed my talk, my slides will soon be online:, check the Fortiguard Research Centre. Now, let's focus on some of today's talks.
In today’s digital economy, speed and efficiency are essential. So is the ability to access data from anywhere and from any device. These demands are forcing the network to change, increasing the amount of data that networks need to manage and the number of devices connected to those networks. This is responsible for growing the potential attack surface of today’s networks.
Criminals and cyber adversaries use speed, stealth, and bots to achieve their singular goal—steal from you. But as the CISO, you must focus on two goals: Run your organization effectively and counter those adversaries. How might AI be used to fundamentally rebalance the field of play?
Globally operating financial services firms have to be aware of new cybersecurity regulations and how they affect their business in order to navigate data rules and remain compliant, especially as they conduct business across borders. Compliance is especially crucial as the punishments for noncompliance typically include large fines. Below are some of the most recent implemented or proposed cybersecurity regulations that will affect financial services firms.
Fortinet today announced the findings of its latest Global Threat Landscape Report. The research reveals that high botnet reoccurrence rates and an increase of automated malware demonstrate that cybercriminals are leveraging common exploits combined with automated attack methods at unprecedented speed and scale.
The majority of these breaches have one thing in common. IT teams are failing to practice basic security hygiene. Cybercriminals target known vulnerabilities because they know that most organizations will have failed to patch or replace their vulnerable devices. WannaCry targeted a vulnerability for which a patch had been available for months. Shame on them. But Petya followed a month later and targeted the exact same vulnerability. And millions of devices were still affected. So, shame on us.
The healthcare sector has undergone dramatic changes in the past several years, primarily spurred by the adoption of new medical technology. Beginning with the adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) and continuing on into the increased use of medical applications, online patient portals, connected devices, and wearables, the healthcare sector has been capitalizing on digital advancements to improve overall patient experiences and outcomes. This effort has been well received by patients and physicians alike, as it simplifies communication...
Surveying over 1,800 IT decision makers, Fortinet found almost half believe security is still not a top priority discussion for the board. At the same time, they also strongly contend that cybersecurity should become a top management priority, with 77% of respondents indicating that the board should put IT security under greater scrutiny.