To boost security and eliminate the need for passwords, MasterCard plans to later this year roll out a facial biometrics app for authentication of online purchases. But some experts warn that biometrics technology is not fool-proof and should only be deployed as part of a layered authentication approach.
The PCI Security Standards Council will soon release an update to its PCI Data Security Standard, requiring the use of multifactor authentication for administrators who have access to card data networks. In an interview, the council's Troy Leach explains the new requirements and compliance expectations.
Who's right: Apple or the FBI? Our readers continue to debate a magistrate judge ordering Apple to help unlock an iPhone tied to a San Bernardino shooter, raising such issues as strong crypto, backdoors as well as legal and moral responsibilities.
By spring, banks and credit unions across the U.S. are expected to start rolling out "card-free" ATMs, offering transactions that experts say will eliminate fraud losses linked to skimming, and at the same time open new doors for mobile payments.
Landry's Inc. now reveals the broad scope of point-of-service malware attacks against its restaurants and other properties dating back to 2014 and 2015. Experts discuss factors that could have contributed to the breaches.
Who's responsible for the 12 percent uptick in financial fraud losses absorbed by U.S. banks? The American Bankers Association points to retail breaches. But one observer thinks "the ABA has its head in the sand." Read other reactions to the ABA's fraud report.
Retailers have been at the center of high-profile breaches and an ongoing debate with banking institutions. But Brian Engle of the Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center says cross-industry collaboration is helping retailers improve cybersecurity.
Financial losses tied to fraud against bank accounts increased about 12 percent from 2012 to 2014, but banks are not to blame. To the contrary, the ABA argues that banks are actually making significant strides in their fraud prevention efforts.
Security experts are warning that Chinese networking product manufacturer TP-Link has been shipping routers with a WiFi password that's based on their MAC address, thus making their passwords easy for would-be attackers to sniff.
Because of the U.S. migration to EMV, 2016 is expected to be a watershed year for mobile payment adoption, says Randy Vanderhoof of the EMV Migration Forum. Now, he says, the industry should be more focused on new applications hitting the market than on the number of adopters.
Here's why the acquisition of rival threat-intelligence firm iSight Partners by breach investigation heavyweight FireEye makes sense, and why market watchers predict that other stand-alone intelligence firms will soon get snapped up.
The FFIEC's Cybersecurity Assessment Tool is already being integrated into regulators' cybersecurity examinations, says Gartner analyst Avivah Litan. But the tool has so far led to more confusion than clarity, she says, and must be enhanced in 2016.
Four years after European criminals exploited EMV implementation vulnerabilities to steal an estimated $650,000, security experts say not all banks have adopted full fixes. But the payment card industry contends related mitigations are in place and working.
Adobe is warning Flash users to update their software immediately in the wake of zero-day attacks that can enable attackers to take full control of vulnerable systems. This year, Adobe has patched 316 bugs in Flash. Is it time for the plug-in to die?