A Montreal computer science student accessed, without authorization, an IT system to check if a software vulnerability he discovered had been remedied. This case raises the question: When, if ever, is such unauthorized action justified?
Using technology to prevent breaches is insufficient. Security leaders also must address the human factor, making sure staff members receive appropriate training on clear-cut policies - before it's too late.
Managing advanced persistent threats will be a priority throughout 2013, says RSA CISO Eddie Schwartz. How should organizations defend themselves against APTs and the year's other top security threats?
"We're going to have to find a way to address the interests of other states to ... find common ground," Secretary of State John Kerry says. "We're just going to have to dig into it a lot deeper. I don't have a magic silver bullet to throw at you here today."
Some critics feel the Obama administration is giving the Department of Homeland Security too much authority on leading cybersecurity initiatives. DHS's deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity explains why he thinks that view is wrong.
"This is a business that should have known better," U.K. Deputy Information Commissioner David Smith says. "There's no doubt in my mind that they had access to both the technical knowledge and the resources to keep this information safe."
Hacktivists on Jan. 22 threatened more DDoS attacks against U.S. banks and claimed they recently hit three institutions. Despite banks' improvements in staving off online outages, the longevity of the attacks is concerning, experts say.
Sharing information about physical and cyber threats needn't be segregated under the U.S. federal government's National Strategy for Information Sharing and Safeguarding, says Kshemendra Paul, who manages the implementation of the strategy.
It's not malware, crime rings or hacktivists. What, then, are among the threats that concern security leaders most? CISO Tom Newton offers new insight on today's top threats and strategies to combat them.
Banks have improved DDoS defenses, but ensuring ongoing online reliability requires a more offensive measure - one that rids the Internet of vulnerable sites that can too easily be used for bot traffic.
As the Zaxby's restaurant breach investigation begins, the high-profile point-of-sale breach involving Subway restaurants has ended in a prison sentence for one of the four accused Romanian fraudsters.
The idea of the U.S. federal government and industry jointly developing IT security best practices will do little to help critical infrastructure operators defend against cyber-risk, says Business Roundtable Vice President Liz Gasster.