OK, it's year-end and everybody is thinking about the biggest this, biggest that of the year - of the decade, even. And we'll have our own lists, too, no worries. There's a lot to look back upon this year, and even more to look forward to in 2010.
But what are on my mind today are the big stories that no one seems...
One of the pleasures of my job is that I get to talk to a lot of people. Bankers, regulators, analysts, security professionals. I enjoy the privilege of speaking to a broad range of thought-leaders and tapping into their insights into the challenges and opportunities of the world today.
And then, through the magic of...
So, how many banking institutions have failed in 2009?
If you pay attention to the popular news media, then your answer is 106. And you'd be partially right. That is the number of FDIC-insured banks to have failed this year - the most in any year since about two President Bushes ago.
It doesn't surprise me to hear that even top law enforcement officials don't bank online because they almost fell for a phisher's line of "Your bank account has been compromised, click here to reset your password..."
There is no such thing as the hack-proof computer.
Once we accept that reality, the next challenge is to acknowledge that a certain amount of IT risk is a part of conducting business. Risks also come in many different forms. I'm often asked which is worse -- regulatory, policy or compliance risk? I believe it may...
Risk management. Audit & compliance. Fraud, investigations and forensics.
What do these three topics have in common? They're the information security areas with the greatest potential for job growth, according to our new Information Security Today Career Trends Survey.
A recent conversation with a security researcher in Israel gave me a real feeling of dread. Toward the end of our talk, I asked Uri Rivner, head of new technologies, consumer identity protection, RSA Security, about what he sees on the horizon for online attacks against banking customers. What he told me wasn't good...
Well, it is good to finally have a number to go along with the Heartland Payment Systems data breach, and even better that three hackers have been indicted for the crime. Albert Gonzalez, a 28- year-old identified as the lead hacker, faces up to 25 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.