The Justice Department's appeal of a court order that the government can't compel Apple to unlock an iPhone used by an accused drug dealer is significant because it sets in motion a process that could lead to a Supreme Court ruling on whether mobile device makers must give law enforcement an encryption backdoor.
Apple's standoff with the U.S. government is creating a healthy debate about whether federal investigators, under certain circumstances, should have the right to circumvent the security functions of smartphones and other devices, says cybersecurity attorney Chris Pierson.
After years of being kept in the background, privacy has taken center stage in security discussions. In this video interview, Michelle Dennedy, chief privacy officer at Cisco, discusses the impact of new regulations and the issue of encryption backdoors.
The impasse over whether Apple should help law enforcement open encrypted iPhones continued during a House hearing, as FBI Director James Comey and Apple's top lawyer, Bruce Sewell, didn't budge from their positions.
It's springtime in San Francisco: cue the annual RSA Conference. Here are some notable trends that have already emerged from the event, ranging from ransomware and phishing attacks to hacker self-promotion and Facebook fakery.
As the first day of RSA Conference 2016 sessions was set to start, ISMG's editorial team sat down to discuss the event and what to expect from it. Editors Tom Field, Tracy Kitten and Mathew Schwartz offer an RSA preview in this video report.
A thriving market now exists to help cybercriminals recruit new talent, says Rick Holland of the threat intelligence firm Digital Shadows, which has been studying how cybercriminals advertise for new recruits - and the types of technology skills that are most in demand.
A federal magistrate in Brooklyn, N.Y., unlike another judge in California, has denied a request by federal authorities to force Apple to retrieve data from an iPhone, this time in a New York narcotics case.
The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society 2016 Conference, slated for Feb. 29 to March 4 in Las Vegas, will offer dozens of privacy and security educational opportunities worth checking out.
Tim Cook says he found out about the court order to help the FBI break into the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters from the press. "I don't think that something so important to this country should be handled that way," the Apple CEO says.
None of the major presidential candidates unequivocally backs Apple in its privacy vs. security battle with the U.S. government over its refusal to help the FBI crack the password of the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino, Calif., shooters. Hear what each of the candidates has to say.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has blasted a U.S. federal judge's Feb. 16 order compelling Apple to help bypass the encryption on an iPhone seized by the FBI, saying the crypto backdoor would set a "dangerous" precedent.
Antonin Scalia's replacement could help push the Supreme Court to reinterpret the Constitution's Fourth Amendment to make it harder for the government to surveil citizens online and seize their records stored on servers maintained by cloud service providers.