Data breaches break record in 2021

January 24, 2022 | CNET

The number of reported data breaches jumped 68 percent last year to the highest total ever, a new report says. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center’s 2021 Data Breach Report, there were 1,862 data breaches last year, surpassing both 2020’s total of 1,108 and the previous record of 1,506 set in 2017.

‘Lock it down and piss people off’: How quick thinking stopped a ransomware attack from crippling a Florida hospital

January 16, 2022 | CNN

It was approaching midnight on Sunday and the head of IT at a Florida hospital had a problem. The emergency room of Jackson Hospital, a 100-bed facility on Florida’s panhandle, called to report that it couldn’t connect to the charting system that doctors use to look up patients’ medical histories. Jamie Hussey, Jackson Hospital’s IT director, soon realized that the charting software, which was maintained by an outside vendor, was infected with ransomware and that he didn’t have much time to keep the computer virus from spreading.

Kronos Hack Will Likely Affect How Employers Issue Paychecks and Track Hours

January 14, 2022 | NPR

A ransomware attack on one of the largest human resources companies may impact how many employees get paid and track their paid time off. Human resources management company Ultimate Kronos Group (known as Kronos) said it suffered a ransomware attack that may keep its systems offline for weeks.

The Log4Shell 0-Day, Four Days On: What is it, and How Bad is it Really?

December 13, 2021 | Ars Technica

Log4Shell is the name given to a critical zero-day vulnerability that surfaced on Thursday when it was exploited in the wild in remote-code compromises against Minecraft servers. The source of the vulnerability was Log4J, a logging utility used by thousands if not millions of apps, including those used inside just about every enterprise on the planet.

Pentagon to Launch Zero Trust Cyber Office in December

November 12, 2021 | Security Magazine

The Pentagon will formally launch a new office dedicated to expediting the adoption of a new zero trust cybersecurity model. The Department of Defense’s (DoD) chief information security officer (CISO) David McKeown said the office would fall under DoD’s chief information officer and be led by a yet-to-be-named senior executive.

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