Equifax has yet to describe how its site was breached, except to blame a vague "U.S. website application vulnerability." But some security experts suspect that an unpatched flaw in Apache Struts, fixed by Apache in March, might have been exploited.
A major operation to cleanse websites of digital certificates created under questionable circumstances is underway. Google has issued the orders: Purge digital certificates that were issued by Symantec before June 1, 2016.
It isn't a specific product to be purchased and deployed, but RSA's concept of business-driven security is a new strategy to help improve communication between the operations and risk managers within security organizations. RSA's Ben Smith describes how to start.
Only 38 percent of banking/security leaders have high confidence in their organization's ability to detect and prevent fraud, according to the latest ISMG Faces of Fraud Survey. John Gunn of VASCO Data Security weighs in on how to improve that confidence.
The notion of patching the most critical vulnerabilities is outdated and ineffective thanks to today's black market for exploit kits, says Kevin Flynn of Skybox. Evaluating the exposure and context of holes in your organization is crucial to shoring up defenses, he says.
The Russian cyber espionage group known as Pawn Storm, which has been around since 2004, has shifted gears to focus on cyber propaganda efforts, and security professionals need to be aware of the changing threat, says Ed Cabrera of Trend Micro.
Many organizations are uncertain about the overall effectiveness of their security strategy because they are still in the dark about aspects of their risk posture, says Brian Soldato of NSS Labs. Conducting a few pen tests a year is not enough, he stresses.
If the Equifax breach turns out like every other massive data breach we've seen for more than a decade, after a big brouhaha - from Congress, state attorneys general, consumer rights groups and class-action lawsuits - nothing will change, because that would require Congress to give Americans more privacy rights.
The massive Equifax data breach has already led to the filing of more than 30 lawsuits against the data broker - one demanding up to $70 billion in damages. At least five state attorneys general have launched formal investigations, while several Congressional committees have promised hearings.
A 10-digit PIN used by consumers to freeze access to credit reports with Equifax is based on dates and times, several observers have noticed. Equifax says it plans to change how the PIN is generated, but experts say it's another troubling development for a troubled company.