Here's a sampling of the many sessions at RSA 2014 that will provide timely insights for security specialists in the government sector on such topics as vetting foreign technologies and implementing the new cybersecurity framework.
Encryption gaps in retail payment card transactions were highlighted at a Congressional hearing that examined security failures in the aftermath of malware attacks against point-of-sale systems at Target and Neiman Marcus.
When breaches result from retailers' lax security practices, merchants should be obligated to help banking institutions cover fraud losses and other post-breach expenses, says Viveca Ware of the Independent Community Bankers of America.
Covered entities and business associates will be under heightened data privacy and security scrutiny in 2014. But experts say there are several basic steps those organizations can take to ensure HIPAA compliance.
As Congressional leaders look for answers about why U.S. card security is failing, there hasn't been enough discussion surround why EMV can't easily fix our system. And the card brands have been conspicuously absent from the debate.
A review of the RSA 2014 agenda shows several seminars, panels and speakers of particular interest to healthcare-focused attendees, including those focused on mobile device security and medical device hacks.
Several payment system experts testifying at a Senate hearing on Feb. 3 urged the adoption of chip card technology in the wake of breaches at Target Corp. and Neiman Marcus. But representatives of banking and retailing engaged in some finger-pointing.
The PCI Security Standards Council has no plans to modify its standards for payment card data security in response to high-profile payment card breaches at Target and Neiman Marcus, says Bob Russo, the council's general manager.
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The virtual silence on cybersecurity in President Obama's State of the Union address shouldn't be construed as a lack of commitment by the administration on information security, a White House spokeswoman says.
Representatives of the American Bankers Association, the National Retail Federation and the PCI Security Standards Council are among those slated to testify at a Feb. 3 Senate hearing on safeguarding consumers' financial data.
President Obama faces a dilemma in deciding whether to prohibit the National Security Agency from tinkering with encryption as one way to collect intelligence data from adversaries who threaten to harm America.
Target Corp.'s revelation that personal information about up to 70 million customers was breached in a recent malware attack raises new questions about Target's security practices and risks to consumers.