As healthcare organizations ramp up HIPAA compliance efforts, they should make far greater use of guidance from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, says security consultant Mac McMillan.
Iris scanning is becoming old hat for authenticating individuals entering secured facilities or crossing international borders, but it remains several years away for use in providing access to IT systems.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology has issued new guidance for designing cryptographic key management systems that describes topics designers should consider when developing specifications.
Creating circles of trust - networks of IT security professionals who rely on one another - is a key element in forthcoming National Institute of Standards and Technology guidance on incident response.
NIST is developing risk management guidance on the IT supply chain that says organizations should take an incremental approach and ensure that they first reach a base maturity level in organizational practices.
Account takeover techniques are getting more sophisticated; new "account checkers" are helping hackers automate their processes. The trend is just one more reason why we need advanced forms of authentication.
White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Michael Daniel sees significant savings in continuous diagnostics because the automated approach to identifying systems vulnerabilities could replace costly checklist compliance reporting.
The panel would review the latest intelligence and communications technologies to determine the risk of unauthorized disclosure to national security and foreign policy, as well as assess the need to maintain the public trust.
The Obama administration is floating the idea that critical infrastructure owners would more likely adopt voluntary security best practices if the government engages the insurance industry to help develop its cybersecurity framework.
While user education is valuable, needed and helpful, there is one problem with this approach - it only partially works, and partially working is simply not good enough, security expert George Tubin contends.