It's serious news that RSA's SecurID solution has been the target of an advanced persistent threat. But "It's not a game-changer," says Stephen Northcutt, CEO of SANS Institute. "Anybody who says it is [a game-changer] is an alarmist."
Global banking institutions can learn from Japan's disaster planning and response. And a sophisticated cyberattack is launched against RSA, targeting the security unit of EMC's SecurID two-factor authentication products.
"Persistent" is the operative word about the advanced persistent threat that has struck RSA and its SecurID products. "If the bad guys out there want to get to someone ... they can," says David Navetta of the Information Law Group.
The announcement by RSA that it had been a victim of an advanced persistent threat shook the global information security industry. Stephen Northcutt of SANS Institute and David Navetta of the Information Law Group offer insight on what happened, what it means and how to respond.
The Internet is inherently insecure, and the only way to ensure today's evolving information systems is to build them upon three pillars of trust. This is the premise of Mike Ozburn, Principal at Booz Allen Hamilton, which has just authored a new white paper about these pillars.
Banking/security leaders aren't crazy about banking regulators telling them they could have done a better job detecting ACH fraud, and they're eager for more specific guidance on what to do going forward.
AML concerns heat up, as FinCEN warns U.S. institutions to scrutinize accounts held by foreign political figures. And the unofficial release of an FFIEC draft about online authentication guidance opens regulators to more feedback and criticism.
Speculation about the pending update to online authentication guidance has been circulating around water coolers for months now. "A [disclosure] like this could make it more challenging for the regulators," says attorney David Navetta.