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  • July 15, 2016 15 Jul'16

    FDIC found hiding multiple APT attacks and more from investigators

    An investigation by a federal committee found the FDIC had multiple breaches, including an APT attack, spanning years but hid the hacks from Congress.

  • July 14, 2016 14 Jul'16

    New 'ransomware' variant proves there's no honor among thieves

    A new 'ransomware' variant, which could be considered more scareware, doesn't encrypt files at all and instead deletes data and tricks victims into paying anyway.

  • July 01, 2016 01 Jul'16

    The key steps to launching blockchain implementations

    Bill Caraher, CIO and director of operations for a Wisconsin law firm, is one believer in the huge impact blockchain technology -- a peer-to-peer distributed network used to validate transactions and other records -- can have on legal services. Blockchain implementations, he said, could "lead to speedier resolutions, [and] it could lead to better evidence gathering [and to establishing] foundation for a case" and have other "sweeping implications" for this industry. Indeed, the technology's potential use cases are a hot talking point among Caraher and fellow observers of blockchain -- but figuring out which use cases make sense and putting them into action demand a lot of work. The effort involved in implementing blockchain will depend on many factors, including vertical industry, having the right software and hardware, and more.

    In this issue of CIO Decisions, Editorial Director Sue Troy lays out the four key stages of blockchain implementations, including identifying use cases, running proofs of concept and launching field trials. Plus, we explore how one healthcare CIO used cloud computing to bridge the disconnect between IT and patient care; get MIT Sloan cybersecurity expert Stuart Madnick's take on how to build a better defense against dark web hackers; and delve into innovative ways to close the tech skills gap.

  • June 30, 2016 30 Jun'16

    The healthcare industry is making it far too easy for hackers

    Hospitals and healthcare organizations are far too vulnerable to cyberattacks, and a recent healthcare security study shows the issue isn't just outdated legacy technology -- medical professionals ...

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