As more companies move away from passwords toward behavioral biometrics, they face new challenges, says Rajiv Dholakia, vice president, products at Nok Nok Labs. "There are no standards as such in this area on how the information is collected, how it's stored and how it's processed," he says.
Warning: Attackers behind the recently revealed Facebook mega-breach may still be able to access victims' accounts at some third-party web services and mobile apps, and Facebook has offered no timeline for when a full lockdown might occur - although there are no signs of third-party account takeovers.
Step away from the social media single sign-on services, cybersecurity experts say, citing numerous privacy and security risks. Instead, they recommend that everyone use password managers to create unique and complex passwords for every site, service or app they use.
In Australia, it can take as few as 15 minutes to steal someone's phone number, a type of attack known as SIM hijacking. Such attacks are rising, but mobile operators have no plans to change the authentication required around number porting, which can be set in motion online with minimal personal information.
Security technology innovations entering the market are getting attached as features to an infrastructure that is fundamentally broken and an enforcement model that cannot operate in real time, says Matthew Moynahan, CEO at Forcepoint.
Intelligence adaptive authentication represents the latest advance in authentication and risk analysis - with a dose of machine learning - to help organizations authenticate users and battle fraud in real time, says OneSpan's Will LaSala.
Security thought leaders have long called for organizations to shift from a conventional "peacetime" view of cybersecurity to more of a "wartime" mindset. Aetna CSO Jim Routh now says it's time for enterprises to shift from conventional to unconventional security controls.
U.K. health and beauty retailer Superdrug Stores is warning customers that attackers may have compromised some of their personal information, apparently because they'd reused their credentials on other sites that were hacked. While Superdrug quickly notified victims, it stumbled in three notable ways.
Augusta University Health in Georgia says it just recently concluded that a phishing attack that occurred - and was detected - 10 months ago resulted in a breach potentially exposing information on 417,000 individuals. Security experts are questioning why the breach determination took so long.
Nearly two dozen security weaknesses in OpenEMR - open source electronic medical record and practice management software - left patient data vulnerable to cyberattacks before most were patched, according to the London-based security research firm Project Insecurity.
The FIN7 cybercrime gang regularly phoned victims, posing as buyers, to trick victims into opening phishing emails and attachments with malware, federal prosecutors allege. The group's success - 15 million stolen payment cards and counting - is one measure of how difficult these types of attacks are to block.
The chief security officer for the U.S. Democratic Party is recommending that all party officials avoid using mobile devices made by Chinese manufacturers ZTE and Huawei. Bob Lord says that even if devices from those manufacturers are free or low cost, no one wants to be the next "patient zero."
Reddit suffered a data breach in June after attackers managed to bypass its SMS-based two-factor authentication system. User data from 2007 and before was compromised. Security experts say the breach should serve as a reminder that using any two-factor authentication is better than none.
Data science is playing a fundamental role in a more dynamic approach to cybersecurity, says Jim Routh, CISO of Aetna, who stresses the importance of applying machine learning to front-line data security controls. Routh will be a featured speaker at the ISMG Security Summit in New York Aug. 14-15.