Now that both the FBI and the FFIEC have issued alerts calling attention to the risks associated with interbank messaging and wholesale payments in the wake of SWIFT-related heists, U.S. institutions should brace for more regulatory scrutiny of bank-to-bank payments, financial fraud experts say.
The HHS Office for Civil Rights, which enforces HIPAA, is urging healthcare organizations and business associates to take steps to better address vulnerabilities in third-party software applications that pose a risk to patient data security.
Cybercrime continues to be incredibly lucrative. Yet many of the techniques being wielded by connected criminals aren't new, said security expert Mikko Hypponen of F-Secure in a keynote speech at this week's Infosec Europe conference in London.
Akamai warns of a rash of less sophisticated attempts to extort companies by threatening to strike with distributed denial-of-service attacks, which can be expensive for organizations to defend against.
Many organizations still fail to practice smart web security, warns penetration testing expert Ilia Kolochenko, who notes that 23 percent of all websites still use SSL version 3, despite it leaving them at risk from POODLE and BEAST attacks.
This ISMG Security Report features a discussion of the impact on the global financial services industry of the SWIFT-related theft of $81 million from Bangladesh's central bank and similar thefts. You'll also hear reports on making IT systems more trustable and national governments' spending on cybersecurity.
NIST plans next year to clarify certain provisions in its cybersecurity framework. "Just to be clear, we're not headed toward a version 2.0 right now," Program Manager Matt Barrett explains in an interview. "We're headed to something that's more like a 1.1."
The theft of an unencrypted laptop that may have contained information on up to 400,000 inmates who served time in California prisons has been added to the federal tally of health data breaches. Experts say notifying all those potentially affected could prove challenging.
Europe's biggest annual information security conference returns to London this week. Here's my pick of the top Infosec Europe sessions, with topics ranging from cybercrime and incident response to EU regulations and the Internet of Things.
Asking how many different technologies consumers will tolerate when it comes to paying for their goods and services is a bit like asking how many more superheroes moviegoers will countenance in the latest "Avengers" film.
Is SWIFT now playing good cop/bad cop? While it initially promised to not police the financial services industry, it's now considering training auditors and suspending banks found to have poor information security practices.
Russian police have arrested 50 people in connection with an investigation into a hacker group suspected of unleashing a five-year series of malware-enabled hack attacks on major Russian financial institutions and stealing $25 million.
Australia has pledged to spend AU$230 million over the next four years to bolster the country's cybersecurity stance. But two academics argue Australia isn't spending enough compared to the U.S. and U.K. and remains dangerously underprepared.
Mike Daugherty, the president and CEO of LabMD who is fighting a legal battle with the FTC over two security indents, explains why he believes the agency is overstepping its regulatory authority. And he says that new FTC probes into PCI compliance and EMV deployment could be on the way.