The U.S. and U.K. government push to "backdoor" strong crypto - used to secure everything from online banking and e-commerce to patient health records and consumer communications - wouldn't stop most criminals or terrorists, researchers warn.
Hong Kong toymaker VTech has revised its end-user license agreement to make clear that it can't be held legally responsible for any data breaches. Many security experts have reacted with fury. But is VTech's move unusual?
Even as the demand for security professionals grows, the outflow of practitioners from the profession is greater than the influx of fresh blood, says (ISC)Â² CEO David Shearer. How can this trend be effectively addressed?
Here's more evidence of how a data breach can have a major financial impact. The bill for U.K. telecom giant TalkTalk's October 2015 data breach could be as much as $94 million, and the incident resulted in the loss of 95,000 customers.
The banking malware known as Carbanak continues to evolve, and cybercriminals are now using it to wage APT-style attacks against banks as well as companies in other sectors, according to security researchers at Kaspersky Lab.
Java users are being warned to only use newly released installers to avoid a nasty potential exploit. Meanwhile, a veteran bug hunter questions whether Oracle's move to ditch Java browser plug-ins will have a significant security upside.
The rise in RFID-based contactless payment cards has led to increased concerns that fraudsters could wirelessly crack cards' secret cryptographic keys. But a team of MIT researchers has debuted defenses against such hack attacks.
The trend across industries is that automation results in a drastic reduction of operational job roles, even as it brings in economies of efficiency. What then does automation in security mean for the profession?
"We never negotiate" might be the expectation whenever law enforcement or government agencies get targeted by criminals or even "cyberterrorists." But outside Hollywood, the reality too often turns out to be far less rigid.
Sometimes language barriers can be a good thing: Many malware-wielding cybercriminals have historically targeted users in North America and Europe over Japan, owing to linguistic challenges. But that's changing.
Law enforcement and intelligence agencies will have plenty of chances to snoop on criminals, terrorists and citizens even as communications vendors enable default encryption on mobile devices, a study from Harvard University says.
Mobility and IoT are acknowledged by security practitioners to be a whole different beast when it comes to management. MetricStream's French Caldwell says that GRC likewise needs to change its paradigm to accommodate this disruption.
Global restaurant chain Wendy's is investigating a suspected data breach following fraud patterns tied to credit and debit cards used at some of its locations. Two card issuers confirm that they've seen signs of related fraud in some U.S. regions.