Inspector General Russell George says hackers would have had a tougher time breaching the IRS "Get Transcript" system if the agency had implemented IG recommendations, but he stops short of saying the safeguards would have prevented the hack.
The method the Internal Revenue Service used to authenticate users, which failed to keep sophisticated hackers from breaching a taxpayer-facing system, has been widely criticized by cybersecurity experts.
It's no surprise that virus-wielding hackers are exploiting Internet of Things devices. Blame too many device manufacturers rushing products to market, skimping on secure development practices and failing to audit the third-party code they use.
This year's Infosecurity Europe conference in London is offering a top-notch range of sessions, ranging from how to battle cybercrime and social engineering to building a better security culture and workforce. Here's my list of must-see sessions.
Caffeine junkies are up in arms over reports that criminals have been targeting their Starbucks account balances. But the real story is poor password-picking practices by consumers, and Starbucks' lack of multi-factor authentication.
What is the Identity Ecosystem Framework, and why is it so important for security professionals to embrace? Kimberly Little Sutherland of LexisNexis Risk Solutions shares insights on the future of online identity.
In the four years that he led the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, Jeremy Grant says he saw significant progress in the use of new forms of authentication - yet widespread acceptance remains years away.
Psychologically speaking, nothing beats the power of a well-timed deadline. And love it or hate it, Google's 90-day "Project Zero" deadline for fixing flaws - before they get publicly disclosed - has rewritten bug-patching rules.
During her first month on the job, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used a private email server that lacked a digital certificate that would have ensured encrypted and authenticated email communications, surmises security firm Venafi.
The latest annual Office of Management and Budget report to Congress on agencies' FISMA compliance shows IT security is complex and tough to effectively implement, with authentication, in particular, a challenge.
While cyberthreats are rising, budgets for information security are not for many of the respondents to our 2015 Healthcare Information Security Today survey. The VA, however, is spelling out plans to boost security spending.
Under Jeremy Grant's stewardship, the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace has awarded some $30 million in grants to organizations to develop and test new, secure and easily employed ways for consumers to conduct transactions online.