A silver lining is emerging behind the rash of breaches that occur all too regularly. The fact that these breaches make the public more aware of the vulnerabilities is encouraging in efforts to make the Internet safer for all.
The Unisys Security Index shows growing public anxiety about Internet security. Unisys CISO Patricia Titus wonders how restless the public would be if the poll was conducted after revelations of breaches at RSA, Epsilon and Sony.
Big brother isn't the relation the government sees itself portraying in developing the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace. Uncle Sam has a more avuncular role in mind, giving advice and serving as a role model.
"On a global basis, countries are recognizing that they need a uniform commercial code, if you will, for data - a unified approach for managing IT infrastructure services," says Marlin Pohlman of the Cloud Security Alliance.
From mobile devices to social media and cloud computing, IT governance is all about risk management. "You can't de-risk everything, but you can de-risk the majority of circumstances you will see in normal operations," says governance expert Robert Stroud.
The non-standardized collection device is responsible for 13 percent of the biometric records maintained by DOD, representing some 630,000 DoD records that cannot be searched automatically against FBI's database of about 94 million records.
How did fraudsters hijack the identities of scores of South Florida residents for the filing of fraudulent tax returns? Thieves had funds electronically routed to bank accounts, and then quickly withdrew the funds using debit cards at ATMs.
Sony Corp.'s announcement that hackers may have accessed data on 77 million gamers follows a long line of recent breaches. And Neal O'Farrell of the Identity Theft Council says the string of incidents has led to consumer 'breach fatigue.'
A focus on cost and speed, not on data protection, creates a security hole, a survey of cloud computing service providers reveals. Nearly two-thirds of providers say they aren't confident cloud apps are sufficiently secured.