"The lack of individual accountability over user accounts provides ample opportunities to conceal malicious activity such as theft or misuse of veteran data," VA Assistant Inspector General Belinda Finn says.
Corporate account takeover events are reigniting the debate between banks and their former commercial customers, about everything from fraud liability and the "good faith" standard to commercially reasonable security.
Some 200 people have reported fraudulent debit and credit transactions hitting their accounts after dining at Margarita's Mexican Restaurant in Texas. Investigators believe a third-party vendor may have been hacked.
There was good news and bad news in the reporting of major health information breaches in the past month. The good news: Only four incidents were added to the official federal tally. The bad news: One of those incidents affected 400,000 individuals.
It is no longer enough for information security professionals to secure critical information. They also need to be asking about the legitimacy of where this information comes from, says John Colley, managing director of (ISC)2 in EMEA.
From the exposure of thousands of Citi cardholders to the Michaels debit breach, fraud continues to impact card issuers. Involving the consumer in prevention is a step financial institutions must take, says Javelin's Phil Blank.
"The first step is for banks to admit there is a problem before they can address it, and many bankers are still in denial," says Shirley Inscoe, author of the book "Insidious: How Trusted Employees Steal Millions and Why It's So Hard for Banks to Stop Them."
The U.S. government wants to move many services online, but the inability to authenticate customers and develop Trusted Identities has kept agencies from making the transition. This is a problem that could soon be resolved, says Mike Ozburn, principal of Booz Allen Hamilton.
"These are projects that were already...
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston is notifying more than 2,000 of its patients about an unusual potential health information breach incident involving a computer virus that transmitted data to an unknown location.