Without saying the word "backdoor," President Barack Obama used an appearance at the South by Southwest conference to argue that law enforcement agencies need weak crypto and likened strong crypto to "walking around with a Swiss bank account in [your] pocket."
Advanced attacks are out, while persistent, relatively simple attacks are in. Despite all of the APT hype in recent years, cybercriminals, and especially nation-state attackers, prefer to keep things simple. Information security experts explain why.
The FBI calls ransomware "a prevalent, increasing threat." One recent campaign earned at least $325 million in global profits, while U.S. victims tell the FBI they paid $24 million in ransoms in 2015. And attackers are plowing profits back into improving their malicious code.
In a filing rebutting Apple's appeal of a court order requiring the company to help the FBI unlock the iPhone used by a shooter in the San Bernardino massacre, the Justice Department says Apple's rhetoric is "false" and "corrosive" to the institution that safeguards Americans' liberties and rights.
Email security is a growing worry, despite the fact that phishing attacks and spam have been around for decades, says Vidur Apparao, CTO of Agari. In this video interview, he explains why DMARC is gaining ground as a viable way to shore up email defenses.
We all realize that the black hats are typically a step ahead of the white hats. But do we accept that our own security controls are contributing to the deficit? Sam Curry of Arbor Networks describes how security leaders can regain their lead in this video interview.
The volume and complexity of online attacks continue to increase, which creates a challenge for information security managers, says Darrell Burkey, director of product management for Check Point Software Technologies, in this video interview.
The nonstop pace of "Apple vs. FBI" updates and related crypto debates seemed to exceed both the U.S. government's and the information security industry's advanced persistent spin-cycles at this year's RSA Conference.
A laptop stolen from a locked office of an Indiana-based physician group practice may be the largest breach involving an unencrypted computing device reported so far this year. But the HHS breach tally seems to indicate that healthcare providers are making progress in preventing such breaches.
The Internal Revenue Service has temporarily deactivated an online PIN-retrieval tool meant to prevent stolen Social Security numbers from being used to file fraudulent returns after finding that hackers had successfully subverted the system.
The big-name breaches have made us all sensitive to the loss of personal and competitive data. But are we overlooking the real risks? Shawn Henry of CrowdStrike offers insight on how we need to evolve our core defenses.
Blockchain technology used by bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies offers opportunities for enhanced authentication and ID management, as well as cross-border money remittances, says Ben Knieff of the consultancy Aite. But he contends it's not clear that the technology could play a role in faster payments.
The Department of Health and Human Services has a long list of information security weaknesses, including identity and access management and incident response shortcomings, that need more attention, according to a federal watchdog agency's audit report.