As we prepare to mark the tenth anniversary of the PCI Security Standards Council, it's time to assess the impact PCI-DSS has had on payments security and consider whether it will remain a viable standard 10 years from now. A series of upcoming reports will address these topics.
Despite continued efforts to shore up security to protect payment card data and other financial information, the U.S. financial services and retail sectors had more data breaches in 2015 than any other business sectors worldwide, according to Verizon's latest Data Breach Investigations report.
Visa's new plan to help merchants speed checkout times for EMV chip payments sounds good, in theory. But in reality, it isn't likely to have much immediate impact on either speeding EMV adoption or enhancing the user experience.
Will the Fed support the use of cryptocurrency and related blockchain technology to help push the movement to faster payments? Experts at ISMG's Fraud and Data Breach Prevention Summit in San Francisco last week considered the possibilities.
As a result of high-profile breaches, emerging malware threats and increased regulatory scrutiny, CISOs at financial institutions are under more pressure than ever to develop innovative strategies for enhancing cybersecurity. And the CISO's evolving role will be a hot topic at RSA Conference 2016.
Who's responsible for the 12 percent uptick in financial fraud losses absorbed by U.S. banks? The American Bankers Association points to retail breaches. But one observer thinks "the ABA has its head in the sand." Read other reactions to the ABA's fraud report.
Financial losses tied to fraud against bank accounts increased about 12 percent from 2012 to 2014, but banks are not to blame. To the contrary, the ABA argues that banks are actually making significant strides in their fraud prevention efforts.
The FFIEC's Cybersecurity Assessment Tool needs to be redesigned, as the tool's current design sets institutions up for cyber-risk assessment failure. Industry leaders say they're hopeful that change is on the way because the FFIEC is reviewing a second wave of comments about the tool's efficacy.
New guidance for cyber-resilience, vendor management and breach notification are expected for New York state banks in early 2016. And the tone set by these guidelines may have a ripple effect, influencing the actions of federal banking regulators.
New details emerging about a breach involving a former Morgan Stanley employee illustrate how a case of inappropriate access to data can blossom into something much more serious. The case shines a spotlight on the urgent need to mitigate insider threats.
A U.S. House committee recently passed legislation that's aimed at helping law enforcement bring to justice cybercriminals from other nations who buy and sell payment card data stolen from U.S. citizens. But would it really help the global fight against cybercrime?
Determining the "fairness" of Target's proposed $39 million settlement with financial institutions affected by the retailer's 2013 breach is impossible until we find out the answers to many questions, including how many banks and credit unions qualify.
Attorneys general in nine states say card issuers should move to chip-and-PIN, rather than chip-and-signature, as they roll out EMV. But are other issues, such as wider use of encryption and tokenization, more worthy of attention?
As U.S. merchants shore up physical point-of-sale security by upgrading their terminals to accept EMV chip cards, attackers are turning their aim toward new, unattended targets. Here's the latest on how to respond to "shimming" attacks.