Driven by Marriott's Starwood mega-breach, California lawmakers are pushing legislation that would expand the state's pioneering data breach notification requirements to include breaches of biometric data and all types of government identification numbers, including passports.
With the Cosmos bank attack still fresh in memory, some security experts are urging the Reserve Bank of India to take immediate steps to upgrade the security capabilities of banks. For example, they want banks to do away with user-based one-time passwords delivered via text messages.
ISMG's Security Summit in Mumbai on Nov. 29 will offer insights from CISOs and other experts on hot topics, including setting the boardroom security agenda, using cyber threat intelligence, preventing fraud through the use of blockchain, securing digital payments and preparing for a breach notification law.
As more companies move away from passwords toward behavioral biometrics, they face new challenges, says Rajiv Dholakia, vice president, products at Nok Nok Labs. "There are no standards as such in this area on how the information is collected, how it's stored and how it's processed," he says.
The National Payment Corporation of India, the umbrella organization for all retail payments systems, has asked banks to discontinue Aadhaar-based payments through Unified Payments Interface and Immediate Payment System channels.
The issue of access management and vulnerable software applications has come back to haunt the Unique Identification Authority of India which manages the Aadhaar database containing biometrics and personal information of over 1 billion Indians.
The new India Post Payments Bank will take banking to the doorstep by using India's mammoth network of post offices. Postmen will perform digital transactions on their phones. That's raising concern among security leaders, who recommend adopting defense-in-depth security.
UIDAI, which administers the Aadhaar program, has some simple advice: Avoid behaviors such as what R.S. Sharma, chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority in India, did on Saturday, when he tweeted his Aadhaar number.
Silicon Valley employees are increasingly calling on executives to restrict the use of facial recognition technology, mobilized in part by the U.S. government's previous policy of separating children from parents at the border. Experts say facial recognition regulations are needed - and quickly.
Numerous technology firms now offer facial biometrics recognition search tools for big data sets. But information security expert Alan Woodward warns that these big data sets must be "considered and regulated very heavily" or else we'll be "living in 1984 without knowing it."
The entire approach toward Aadhaar security needs to change to address problems on the users' end, rather than focus on the UIDAI's core database, contends Na. Vijayashankar, a cyber law expert. He'll be a featured speaker at ISMG's Fraud and Breach Prevention Summit in Bengaluru.
Hot cybersecurity trends under discussion at this year's RSA Conference include artificial intelligence, facial recognition, protecting not just data but also knowledge, as well as rapid data breach response, says Chris Pierson, CEO of Binary Sun Cyber Risk Advisors.
The Unique Identification Authority of India has taken the next step toward adding an extra layer of security to protect Aadhaar data, a move that some security leaders are welcoming in light of recent Aadhaar-related data leaks.
Those concerned about the security of India's Aadhaar biometric ID are pleased that the Supreme Court has ruled that linking Aadhaar numbers to bank accounts, payment cards and mobile phones cannot be mandatory until security issues are adequately addressed.