Hacktivists on Jan. 22 threatened more DDoS attacks against U.S. banks and claimed they recently hit three institutions. Despite banks' improvements in staving off online outages, the longevity of the attacks is concerning, experts say.
As the Zaxby's restaurant breach investigation begins, the high-profile point-of-sale breach involving Subway restaurants has ended in a prison sentence for one of the four accused Romanian fraudsters.
Independent monitoring shows U.S. banks doing a better job of deflecting DDoS attacks. Nevertheless, DDoS expert John Walker says the attackers continue to represent "a growing threat" to all organizations.
Banking institutions have spent the last two years enhancing authentication to conform to regulatory mandates. Organizations in other sectors can learn important authentication lessons from the banking industry.
The failure to pass privacy legislation in the U.S. hasn't stopped regulatory agencies from taking matters into their own hands - a pattern that will continue throughout 2013, says a panel of attorneys.
Card security depends on a number of links along the payments chain, says Chase Paymentech's David Wallace. And when it comes to PCI compliance, merchants and business partners have to combine efforts.
"A year ago, quite frankly, the capability was not there," DHS Deputy Undersecretary for Cybersecurity Mark Weatherford says. "We did not have the capacity to collaborate nearly as effectively as we do now."
Two new insider fraud cases showcase the challenges organizations face to detect and prevent crimes by trusted employees. "You need IT controls, but you need more than IT," says researcher Randy Trzeciak.
How are banks responding to DDoS phase 2? "From a technology standpoint, we have improved our defenses quite a bit," says Dan Holden of Arbor Networks. Experts discuss top DDoS lessons banks have learned.
Mobile attacks are on the rise, and banking institutions need stronger authentication and better defenses against out-of-band compromises. But what else should banks be doing in 2013? Experts weigh in.