Breaches will not slow anytime soon, and there's not much financial institutions and the payments chain can do to stop them. At this point, the best course of action for banks and retailers is to focus on damage control.
Victimized by a hack of its SecurID authentication token that resulted in the breaches of several customers' IT systems, security maker RSA is expected to announce its first chief security officer as early as Friday.
Art Coviello, RSA's executive chairman, confirms that information taken from RSA in March had been used as an element of an attempted broader attack discovered late last month on SecurID customer and defense contractor Lockheed Martin.
David Navetta, an attorney who specializes in IT security and privacy, says the magistrate's recommendation, if accepted by the judge, could set an interesting legal precedent about the security banks are expected to provide for commercial customers.
Lockheed Martin, the country's largest military contractor, is investigating the root of a "significant and tenacious" attack against its information network. Could this attack be linked to the RSA SecurID hack earlier this year?
SWIFT's Gottfried Leibbrandt says conflicting regulatory mandates could further fragment the international payments market, if banks and governments don't align their strategies. Communication among governments, regulators and global financial institutions is critical.
When it comes to hot topics, they don't get hotter than authentication, cloud computing and IT governance - all of which I've discussed at length in recent interviews with industry thought-leaders. Let's review some highlights from these conversations.