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."
"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.
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.
Topics to be addressed at the NIST cloud computing forum include the cloud's trustworthiness and standards. Google Chief Internet Evangelist Vint Cerf and NIST Director Patrick Gallagher also will speak.
When the business demands the latest tools and technologies, saying "no" is not a viable option. "Clearly, these are disruptive things, but they also are extremely valuable," says Simon Godfrey, Director, Security Solutions at CA Technologies UK.
Australia's government agencies can learn a lot from the nation's banks, when it comes to risk management and protecting privacy, says Graham Ingram, General Manager of the Australian Computer Emergency Response Team. "There are too many people in government organisations who are in denial [of risks]," he says.
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.