With the proliferation of applications - mobile, in-house, cloud - comes staggering amounts of data. And not just any data, but encrypted data. In fact, half of all current web traffic is encrypted data, with an anticipated rise to 75% by 2019. What is an organization to do?
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Once again, a supposedly secure service allegedly marketed to criminals has proven to have limits. Dutch police have busted a "cryptophone" operation, allowing them to decrypt more than 258,000 encrypted chat messages, leading to a drug lab bust, 14 arrests and the seizure of cash, drugs and weapons.
The disagreements continue over Australia's efforts to pass legislation that would help law enforcement counter encryption. Technology companies and civil liberties organizations contend the latest draft of legislation would allow for too much secrecy and imperil privacy and security.
Massive, well-resourced companies are still using live customer data - including their plaintext passwords - in testing environments, violating not just good development practices but also privacy laws. That's yet another security failure takeaway from last year's massive Equifax breach.
Credit bureau Equifax has been hit with the maximum possible fine under U.K. law for "multiple failures" that contributed to its massive 2017 data breach, including its failure to act on a critical vulnerability alert issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Intel has had a challenging time lately on the vulnerability front. It has issued yet another patch for its Management Engine after a researcher was able to extract two types of encryption keys. The problem was a repeat of one that Intel patched just last year.
A newly released report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office on the massive 2017 Equifax data breach provides a postmortem look at what went wrong, centering on the credit bureau's identification, detection, segmentation and data governance, as well as a failure to rate-limit database requests.
While healthcare entities and their vendors apparently are improving their encryption practices for computing and storage devices, regulators are also urging organizations to avoid overlooking the importance of physically securing and tracking these devices to help safeguard PHI.
Canada, which has a head start on the adoption of digital payments, has learned some valuable security lessons that could be beneficial to the U.S., says Gord Jamieson of Visa. He'll be a featured speaker at ISMG's Fraud & Breach Prevention Summit: Toronto, to be held Sept. 11-12.
It's déjà vu "FBI vs. Apple" all over again, as Reuters reports that the Justice Department is seeking to compel Facebook to build a backdoor into its Messenger app to help the FBI monitor an MS-13 suspect's voice communications.
As the HIPAA security rule turns 20, it's time for regulators to make updates reflecting the changing cyberthreat landscape and technological evolution that's happened over the past two decades, says security expert Tom Walsh.
Securing the public cloud is not as challenging as it used to be, but too many organizations are still taking the wrong approach, says Microsoft's Jonathan Trull. Understanding the shared responsibility model for security is critical, he says.