5 Cybersecurity Headlines to Know in June

June 28, 2024 | Cybersecurity Consulting, ISO 42001

The end of June is already here. While some industries may experience a summer slowdown, cyber criminals don’t take a summer vacation. Cybersecurity Consulting Manager Larry Kinkaid picked out the five cybersecurity and compliance headlines from this month that you should know. Take a look at his top features this month: 

Cyber Incident Disrupts Clinical Operations at London Pathology Lab

A cyber incident impacted clinical operations at a pathology lab in London, underscoring the critical importance of robust cybersecurity measures in healthcare and highlighting the recent misses. Patient data and critical medical systems were compromised, leading to delays in patient care. Think of it as a reminder that our digital defenses are just as vital as our physical ones. This incident highlights the necessity for regular assessments and security investments in the healthcare sector, where the stakes are literally life and death.

Leak at Epic Games Exposes Internal Data

Epic Games suffered a database leak that revealed unannounced games and sensitive internal information. This is the gaming industry’s equivalent of spilling the beans on your big surprise party. It’s a wake-up call for all industries to take security more seriously and evaluate data encryption and logical access controls.

China’s Government Leverages Bug Bounties 

China’s government is leveraging bug bounty programs and hacking contests to bolster its cyber offensive capabilities. This strategic move raises concerns about the global cybersecurity landscape. What most hacking enthusiasts think of as a hobby is being used as a national defense strategy. While I promote ethical hacking through bug bounty programs, it’s essential to be aware of how such programs can be repurposed for less noble causes.

Microsoft Ties Cybersecurity Contributions to Compensation for High-Level Executives 

Microsoft is now factoring executive leaders’ contributions to cybersecurity into their bonus pay. This initiative aims to encourage a security-first mindset across all departments. This is like giving extra credit for locking the doors before leaving the house. It’s a new and interesting way of incentivizing security, motivating everyone to take ownership of their role in protecting company assets.

Frontier Notifies Customers of April Breach

Frontier Airlines faced a hack that compromised customer information, including personal and payment data. The breach emphasizes the vulnerability of the telecommunications sector to cyber threats. Think of this as a not-so-friendly reminder that your Internet Service Provider (ISP) is also at risk. Strengthen those defenses, especially in customer-facing industries where trust and data are paramount.

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