The Department of Homeland Security is working with RSA in investigating what the IT security vendor characterized as an extremely sophisticated attacked aimed at its SecurID two-factor authentication products.
Executive Chairman Art Coviello says an attack categorized as an advanced persistent threat has resulted in data being extracted from RSA's IT systems, potentially reducing the effectiveness of current, two-factor authentication.
Hackers target RSA's SecurID products, leading federal IT policymakers question America's preparedness for cyberattacks, new House bill would reform federal IT security governance and why Ohio state government decided to standardize on NIST IT security framework.
"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.
The HHS Office for Civil Rights is seeking a 13.5 percent increase in its budget for fiscal 2012 to fund initiatives primarily designed to enforce HIPAA and HITECH Act provisions for privacy and security.
The bill, sponsored by House Cybersecurity Caucus Co-Chair James Langevin, would create a White House office of cyberspace and replace paper-based FISMA compliance with automated, continuous monitoring of IT systems.
"This is not a record of success; whatever we are doing is not working," says James Lewis of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. "As a nation, despite all the talk, we are still not serious about cybersecurity."
Key U.S. IT networks remain vulnerable to attack, undermining confidence in the nation's IT systems and the information collection and sharing process, Homeland Security Deputy Undersecretary Philip Reitinger and other officials say.