"Any other bank could have just as easily been victimized," says banking fraud expert Shirley Inscoe, following the arrest of a former Citigroup executive charged with embezzling more than $19 million.
Eddie Schwartz, the new - and first - chief security officer of RSA, says the IT security provider hit by a sophisticated advanced-persistent-threat attack in March is focusing internal security on efforts to reduce the time an intruder can go undetected.
The database has become the main target for hackers and negligent insiders, as the insider breach at Bank of America showed. A recent survey highlights the need for financial institutions to enhance security measures to mitigate threats and losses.
"It's not enough to know the architecture of the breach system," says Michael Aisenberg of MITRE Corp. "Leaders have to understand the different jurisdiction of where they do business, where their customers are and which breach law applies."
The California Supreme Court has ruled that a key provision of a tough state medical privacy law is not preempted by federal regulations. The evolving case, which eventually could wind up before the U.S. Supreme Court or grow into a class action case at the state level, is worth watching.