The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI) is one of the hottest topics in information security today. And PCI Quality Security Assessors (QSAs) are among the most sought-after of security professionals.
What, then, does it take to become a QSA?
The U.S. Secret Service has broken up an alleged ring of ATM skimmers in Massachusetts, announcing the arrests of three suspects -- including one man who was in possession of nearly $100,000 when he was arrested.
Add four more states to the list of those whose banking customers are being struck by telephone-based phishing attacks.
Financial institutions in Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Mississippi report being hit by these "vishing" attacks in the past two weeks. Five different institutions -- three credit unions and...
Six banks were closed by state and federal regulators on Friday, Jan. 29. The largest of the institutions, First Regional Bank, Los Angeles, California, had $2.18 billion in assets under management.
These latest closings bring to 16 the total number of failed institutions so far in 2010.
The American Bankers Association is the latest group to be used by hackers to try and spread malware.
Other well-known names in the industry have been used as bait in phishing emails, including the FDIC, US Treasury, Internal Revenue Service and many financial institutions. The ABA issued an alert to its members.
Johns Hopkins University's-Whiting School of Engineering is now offering a new part-time graduate program in information security.
This MS degree program is an effort toward filling the surging demand for cyber engineers and scientists with technical expertise in information assurance (IA) within government and...
Credit reports, social networks and international background checks - these are three of the hottest topics in employment background screening, according to Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a CA-based firm.
In an exclusive interview, Lester Rosen, President and CEO of ESR, discusses:
The top 10 trends in...
The Payment Cards Center of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia has published "Heartland Payment Systems: Lessons Learned from a Data Breach," a discussion paper on the Heartland Payment Systems breach.
The paper is a summation of a workshop held in August 2009 at the Philadelphia FRB, where Heartland CEO Bob...
The latest report from the Anti Phishing Working Group paints a distressing picture for anyone doing transactions online, says Dave Jevans, Chairman of the APWG.
All phishing numbers are on the rise. The number of unique phishing reports submitted to APWG for the third quarter of 2009 reached a record 40,621 in...
Privacy, data security and consumer protection - three of the top concerns to organizations everywhere. And they are three of the topics nearest and dearest to Lydia Parnes, former director of the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) Bureau of Consumer Protection.
Now a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Wilson...
Word on the street is that ATM skimming is now the most profitable crime, say Houston, Texas police who arrested two men accused of putting a skimming device on a local bank's ATM.
Houston Police Lieutenant Robert Manzo says that John Pierre Griffin and an unidentified man were caught putting the device on an ATM...
Malicious criminal attacks have doubled, and the average cost of a data breach has increased to $204 per compromised record.
These are the headlines from the 5th annual "Cost of a Data Breach" study by the Ponemon Institute.