Deloitte surveyed more than 370 professionals working in organizations operating in the medical device/internet of things ecosystem and found that 35.6% experienced a cybersecurity incident in the past year. The greatest cybersecurity challenge, cited by 30% of respondents, was the identification and minimization of potential risks in connected and legacy devices, and other challenges cited included monitoring and handling cybersecurity incidents, incorporating vulnerability management into medical device design, and a lack of collaboration on managing cyberthreats.
The US Department of Education's office of Federal Student Aid is taking steps to protect families' personal and financial data from hackers targeting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The move was announced following a major breach.
Reactions after a data breach are similar to the five stages of grief, which highlight the importance of showing empathy, writes Daniel Schwalbe. The blame is often put on cybersecurity professionals, who may be doing everything they can to prevent attacks, Schwalbe notes.
Blockchain's ability to protect a database has attracted the attention of the Pentagon, which has been working with NATO allies to develop apps for the military using the technology. Blockchain could be used to expedite processes, per a note from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis says a continuing resolution by Congress to fund the government after September would be "unwise" and would halt planned new programs affecting cybersecurity, space and electronic warfare. The resulting unpredictability "makes us rigid," he said, making it difficult to "deal with new and revealing threats," because "our enemies are not standing still."