When it comes to hot topics, they don't get hotter than authentication, cloud computing and IT governance - all of which I've discussed at length in recent interviews with industry thought-leaders. Let's review some highlights from these conversations.
A silver lining is emerging behind the rash of breaches that occur all too regularly. The fact that these breaches make the public more aware of the vulnerabilities is encouraging in efforts to make the Internet safer for all.
Personalized medicine research, which relies on genetic information paired with electronic health records, could pave the way for many treatment breakthroughs. But because of the sensitive nature of the information involved, pioneers in this field must take extra privacy and security precautions.
Bankers aren't waiting for the FFIEC to act on the release of its updated online authentication. Instead, they've already begun to comply with the major points recommended in the draft. And the death of Osama bin Laden has heightened concerns terrorists' efforts to launder money through legitimate banking channels.
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in a healthcare privacy case dealing with the power of states to bar data mining companies from selling information about doctors' prescription-writing habits to drug companies.
After firing off a letter to Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs that questions the secret tracking, Sen. Al Franken schedules a May 10 hearing before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee he chairs on protecting mobile privacy.
North American Clearinghouse Association, not the government, led the effort to move Food Stamps to e-payments. That's what the government wants to do with the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace initiative, the fed's NSTIC point man says.
Key questions: What impact - if any - will the recent RSA and Epsilon data breaches have on the FFIEC's pending authentication update? And when will this long-awaited banking guidance finally be released?
About the same percentage of respondents cite China as a major source of concern for cyberattack as they did a year ago, a McAfee study reveals. What changed? Concern about the U.S. has declined, says study author Stewart Baker.
The ongoing effort to enable the secure exchange of health information from coast to coast recently got a very important boost when five well-known healthcare organizations joined forces to serve as trailblazers.