People, as much as anything else, are a critical aspect of information risk management, and businesses and government agencies must monitor employees - and educate them, as well - to thwart a potential threat from within.
"It's a crime like no other crime," says James Ratley, president of the ACFE, describing fraud. "There was not a gun involved, there was not a knife; there was in many cases a ballpoint pen or a computer."
Bringing Your Own Device raises jitters among employers, who worry about exposing or losing sensitive data, and employees, who fret about their bosses spying on them. Despite these anxieties, the trend will continue because that's what people want.
The Europay, MasterCard, Visa standard, commonly used in most global markets, is coming to the U.S. The sooner issuers, acquirers and merchants initiate migrations, the better, says Stephanie Ericksen, head of authentication product integration at Visa.
Recently discovered viruses, consisting of Trojans and other malware, at City College of San Francisco have stolen personal banking information and other data from perhaps tens of thousands of students, faculty and administrators, says John Rizzo, president of the board of trustees.
A legal dispute between a small merchant in Utah and its former payments processor has fueled a debate over contracts between merchants and acquirers. If successful, this case could spur contractual shifts that change the way card brands view liability after card breaches.
Improved collaboration and communication between small businesses and financial institutions is the first step toward improving online security, says Mark Patterson, an ACH fraud victim. What else would help?