by Amira Ibrahim
Cybersecurity has been the reoccurring focus in recent news, with cyber talks at NATO, a new SEC regulation mandating that businesses disclose their cyber breaches, and healthcare providers hit by cyber-attacks.
Here are some of the top cyber stories that have got cybersecurity professionals talking in the past month.
NATO Countries Must Coordinate their Cyber Forces to Combat the Russian Threat
Cybersecurity was a topic of discussion at the NATO Summit, with Russia viewing the cyber sphere as a way to wreak chaos on the West without actually declaring all-out war. Their automatic response to the war breaking out was striking the Viasat satellite, which was reinforcing vital Ukrainian communications and acting as a bridge between Ukraine and several NATO countries. Their cyber attacks eventually spread to Western countries like the US and the UK.
Amid this, Nato leaders are conferring about admitting new members to the alliance, with Bosnia, Sweden, Georgia, and Ukraine all expressing interest. Russia is anticipated to enact retaliatory measures on these countries in response. US Cyber Command Veteran and CEO of SimSpace William Hutchison suggests that more needs to be done to unite NATO’s cyber forces in this Computer Weekly op-ed.
Companies to Disclose Cybersecurity Breaches Under New Rule
The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) passed a new regulation mandating that listed companies disclose cyber breaches as investors and other stakeholders weren’t aware of the financial damage that cyber-attacks were causing to companies. They affirmed that an organisation suffering from a data leak would result in strained relationships with investors.
Amit Yoran, CEO of Tenable, applauded the new ruling and how it now emphasised that corporate leaders must elevate their cybersecurity protocols and precautions. Although, there are still apprehensions concerning whether hackers can benefit from knowing whether companies can effectively prevent cyber attacks.
Healthcare's Cyber Defences Fall Short
The healthcare industry has been devastated by a massive data breach, impacting 11 million HCA Healthcare patients. HHS’s reports suggest this is not unexpected, with healthcare breaches doubling in the last three years.
Personal data from the healthcare industry is some of the highest-valued data for sale on the black market. However, HCA clarified that their stolen data is limited to patient names, addresses, telephone numbers, emails and treatment locations.
Ross Brewer, CRO of Simspace, suggests that the frequent cyber attacks are because healthcare generally has weaker security when compared to other industries. Brewer further highlights that over-reliance on technology will not provide enough preparation for future attacks as training people, optimising tech and assessing company systems can.
More cyber-related articles:
Disturbing New Crime Trend Sees Kids' Private Information Stolen From Their Schools - Fox News
Tenable Improves Shift-Left Cloud Security- DigitalisationWorld
Citrix Discloses Critical NetScaler Gateway Vulnerability- ITPro
Tenable joins Cloud Security Alliance- Intelligent CISO