Documenting procedures for the State Department's custom-made, continuous-monitoring tool known as iPost will help ensure that the data collected are appropriately used to protect the agency's global IT system, a GAO audit says.
"The timing and the targets point to China," says cybersecurity policy expert James Lewis. "Spying right before the Beijing Olympics and focusing on Southeast Asia reflects China's larger interests more than those of any other country."
The FFIEC Authentication Guidance update is out, and third-party service providers need to begin reviewing their internal systems and communicating with their financial institution customers, says Wells Fargo Bank's Phil Alexander.
Organizations taking proper preventative measures realize a cost savings of nearly 25 percent over those that don't, an analysis of a survey sponsored by Hewlett-Packard reveals. Still, the study shows, it takes longer to resolve cyberattacks than it did a year ago.
"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.
A California judge handed down a 12-year prison sentence to a phisher who stole financial details from more than 38,000 online accountholders. Observers say the sentence signals a changing attitude about the severity of cybercrimes.
Because information security threats know no borders, the European Network and Information Security Agency is working hard to ensure the solutions span nations, too, says Prof. Udo Helmbrecht, ENISA's executive director.
Despite previously announced plans to appeal last month's ruling in the ACH fraud lawsuit filed by Experi-Metal Inc., Comerica Bank now says it has resolved to pay the $560,000 in damages and close the case.
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.
The Fed's ruling on interchange, mandated by the Durbin amendment, offers financial incentives for fraud-prevention investments and could fuel a U.S. move toward new card-payment technologies, like EMV.
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.