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Senator Seeks Input on Health Care Cyber Strategy
on February 23, 2019 at 7:30 am
Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., is on a mission to strengthen the cybersecurity posture of the nation’s health care sector and is starting by soliciting feedback from the sector itself. The senator sent a letter to 12 health care organizations, including hospital and insurance associations and the cybersecurity information sharing and analysis organizations, or ISAOs, that cover the medical industry. “I would like to work with you and other industry stakeholders to develop a short- and long-term strategy for reducing cybersecurity vulnerabilities in the health care sector,” Warner wrote. The most high-profile attack on the health sector to date, the 2017 WannaCry ransomware worm, took hospitals and health networks offline in the United Kingdom, among other far-reaching disruptions. A study by Accenture in the same year pegged the total cost of cyberattacks against health care providers at more than $305 billion over five years, he noted. “Despite past breaches, private and public sector security experts have observed that our nation’s vast health care economy is still fraught with cybersecurity vulnerabilities.&rdquo […]
Warning Issued Over Attacks on Internet Infrastructure
on February 23, 2019 at 6:30 am
Key parts of the internet infrastructure face large-scale attacks that threaten the global system of web traffic, the internet's address keeper warned Friday. ICANN specialists and others say these attacks have a potential to snoop on data along the way, sneakily send the traffic elsewhere or enable the attackers to impersonate or "spoof" critical websites. The list of targets included website registrars and internet service providers, particularly in the Middle East. The attack itself is technically simple, but its scope and targeting of internet service providers along with large government entities made it "a big deal," according to Meyers. DNSSEC can also prevent internet users from being misdirected from intended websites, according to ICANN. "It aims to assure that Internet users reach their desired online destination by helping to prevent so-called 'man in the middle' attacks where a user is unknowingly re-directed to a potentially malicious site," ICANN said in the release. […]
Sydney Airport Gets 24/7 SOC
on February 23, 2019 at 5:45 am
Sydney Airport is preparing to open a new 24/7 Security Operations Center (SOC) to mitigate the growing risk of data and information security threats. The organization revealed the news in its annual report, claiming the first phase of the SOC, also described as a “Security Control Centre,” would be complete by April 2019 in concert with an unnamed managed security services provider. “With the security threat landscape evolving rapidly, we have continued to focus on managing current and emerging cyber risks. A refreshed Information and Cyber Security 2020 strategy has been at the center of our cyber programs to drive security governance, improved maturity levels, and stronger user awareness via security culture campaigns,” the report said. “We work closely with the Australian government via the Joint Cyber Security Centre (JCSC) and are partnering with the Aviation Information Sharing and Analysis Centre (ISAC) on global aviation cyber security intelligence.” Also last year, a New South Wales firm that issues aviation security identity cards was hacked, leading to concerns that security at Australia’s airports may have been compromised. […]
Trojan Attack Masked as Payment Confirmation
on February 23, 2019 at 5:30 am
A sophisticated attack is leveraging the ability to evade detection with the use of a rapidly changing Trojan attack pattern, according to researchers at GreatHorn. The research team identified what it called a widespread Trojan pattern that uses multiple different subject lines, email content, email addresses, display name spoofs and destination URLs to disguise itself as a confirmation on a paid invoice. The lack of consistency found in a typical volumetric attack makes this particular threat sophisticated because it is more difficult for email security tools to identify and block, researchers said. In addition, the Trojan appears to be using email addresses from compromised accounts in some cases, while in others the threat spoofs the name of an employee in the target company or uses an unrelated name combined with the email address of a compromised account. What is thus far understood about the Trojan is that the initial point of infection is via a phishing email sent to employees, often with a display name of a fellow employee, but using an external email address from what appears to be one of several compromised accounts, according to the research team. […]
ECS Wins a $38 Million Contract to Secure FBI Networks
on February 23, 2019 at 4:30 am
The FBI on Wednesday announced it would reboot a nearly $38 million deal with ECS Federal to strengthen the bureau’s cyber defenses. Under the contract, the company will be responsible for standing up and running two initiatives within the FBI Cybersecurity Operations Unit—the Cybersecurity Red and Blue Team program, or REBL, and the Enterprise Compliance and Continuous Monitoring Support program. Both efforts aim to build teams of cyber experts to bolster the bureau’s networks against internal and external threats. “We are proud to provide the skills, knowledge, and creativity needed to secure the systems and networks of the FBI,” ECS President and CEO George Wilson said in a statement. For the REBL program, ECS will deploy a team of cyber specialists to scour FBI networks for vulnerabilities and respond to threats. Under the Enterprise Compliance and Continuous Monitoring Support program, the company will staff and support a group to regularly assess the latest threats to FBI networks and manage the bureau’s cyber infrastructure and operations. […]