I certainly wasn't around during the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918-1919 - I vaguely remember the 1968 Asian Flu pandemic as a small child - but some of my relatives recall that health catastrophe of 88 years ago.
My 95-year-old great uncle remembers the 1919 school year as being abbreviated, cut short as a second...
What happens after a major security breach? How do banking institutions go about notifying their customers - whose responsibility is it?
At BB&T in Winston-Salem, NC, the role is filled by Dick Langford, Vice President and Manager, Information Security Compliance Management. In an exclusive interview, Langford...
It is an age old question: Who really is in charge of security? A look back into history, one can see the origination of the word "password" and how it came from the guard at the gate of a city or castle, who upon approached, would say "Halt, who goes there?"
This is something that used to really get me going as an information security practitioner. Someone would forward me (and everyone else they knew) an email that had the most dire of warnings - "EMAIL VIRUS WILL WIPE YOUR HARD DRIVE - Do not open !!!"
Every day I'm driving to or from work -- or even on the weekends - it seems like I hear about some new urgent priority that I must be aware of, whether it be the flailing economy, President Obama's directives, data breaches, or any number of other news-worthy items. But I love the news - so I don't mind!
Heartland Payment Systems (HPY) has been removed from Visa's list of compliant service providers, and banking institutions affected by the Heartland data breach have until May 19 to file their fraud claims with Visa.
This news emerged late last week from a public statement by Visa, as well as from a letter sent by...
So, today's the day.
When Bernard Madoff appears in court this morning, presumably to plead guilty to at least a portion of the fraud he committed in his $50 billion Ponzi scheme, the world will be watching.
How is it that Heartland doesn't remain front and center in the mainstream media?
I made the mistake of popping open a browser today and loading my preferred news website, and it was sort of like the ultimate one-two punch that hit me with concussive force.
Most of us deal with the ubiquitous spreadsheet at least once a day in our daily work. Whether it is creating or updating reports for senior management or keeping track of equipment inventories - or the hundreds of other uses for spreadsheets - financial institutions depend on these workhorses to retain and create...
Heartland Payment Systems (HPY) may be the only "new" data breach, after all.
A week after at least two banking institutions and a state banking association reported a new data breach that had been announced to them by Visa, the credit card company now is saying that its recent alerts to card issuers were actually...
I was thinking after my last few Heartland-centric posts that I should probably get back to covering the basics of our practice and re-focus on all things regulatory. So I started skimming through my notes from recently completed fieldwork looking for ideas. The last few engagements happened to be with Credit Union...
Spring time in Washington D.C. used to be marked by the pink and white splashes of color of the cherry trees that line the Potomac and the Tidal basin.
Now I suspect this spring (or possibly even sooner) we're going to see some color of a different kind in D.C. - the color red.
In addition to the well-publicized Heartland Payment Systems (HPY) data breach, an additional payment processor appears to have been hacked, affecting an unknown number of banking institutions, consumers and cards.
Two banking institutions and a state banking association have reported this new breach to their...
I read the news today, oh, boy.
About another credit card processor that supposedly has been breached, exposing consumers and cards to potential fraud.
This news comes almost a month exactly after Heartland Payment Systems (HPY) went public with news of its data breach sometime in 2008.
The number of financial institutions that stepped forward to say their customers' credit or debit cards were compromised because of the Heartland Payment Systems (HPY) data breach has now reached more than 500.
Little more than a month ago, on Jan. 20, Heartland, a Princeton, NJ-based payments processor, went...