Continuous monitoring is helping Freddie Mac reduce the number of security controls it uses to safeguard its information systems, says CISO Patricia Titus, who summarizes lessons that can apply to government and private-sector entities.
President Obama has reportedly decided that the government shouldn't exploit encryption flaws, such as Heartbleed, in most instances unless there's "a clear national security or law enforcement need." But how should that need be determined?
Phyllis Schneck, the Department of Homeland Security's deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity, equates the department's continuous diagnostics and mitigation initiative with a medical probe detecting an infection in the human body.
In the wake of the Target breach, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center has ramped up Internet monitoring to detect early if the organization is a target for attacks, says John Houston, UPMC's security and privacy leader.
Organizations in all sectors can improve their compliance with the PCI Data Security Standard by taking five critical steps, says Rodolphe Simonetti of Verizon Enterprise Solutions, which just issued a new PCI compliance report.
The PCI Security Standards Council has no plans to modify its standards for payment card data security in response to high-profile payment card breaches at Target and Neiman Marcus, says Bob Russo, the council's general manager.
Because of increasing cyber-attacks against government agencies, the inspector general says it's crucial for the State Department to address the continuing weaknesses in its information security program.
While preparing a speech to be delivered in Korea, NIST's Ron Ross wanted to convey the message of the importance of computer security. He hit on five themes - threat, assets, complexity, integration and trustworthiness - which form the acronym TACIT.
An independent presidential panel makes recommendations to limit the National Security Agency's surveillance methods, including curtailing the way the government systematically collects and stores metadata from Americans' phone calls.
Jeh Johnson, the new secretary of Homeland Security, is expected to become one of the top advocates of the administration's cybersecurity policy as the White House shifts more IT security responsibilities to DHS.
The White House is intensifying its effort to get federal agencies to adopt continuous monitoring and move away from the paper-based checklist compliance they've followed for a decade under the Federal Information Security Management Act.
Financial institutions and businesses in other sectors must continually collect information about their online customers to ensure stronger authentication, says Avivah Litan, a fraud expert and analyst for the consultancy Gartner.