The Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act also would replace paper-based FISMA compliance with continuous monitoring of technology systems and assaults by "friendly hackers" to test IT vulnerabilities.
The $60 million settlement announced by Heartland Payment Systems and Visa on Friday didn't come without some provisions (translated: strings attached) for those institutions thinking about taking the settlement offer.
Congress should consider enacting legislation allowing the government to regulate how the private sector handles and stores data to battle the growing problem of data breaches, Rep. Yvette Clarke says.
As summer draws to an end, schools reopen and Labor Day arrives, there's something else that everyone is looking to return: the H1N1 flu virus. U.S. organizations handled the so-called swine flu virus spread in the spring, but now is the time to ask: Are you and your staff ready for its return?
Well, it is good to finally have a number to go along with the Heartland Payment Systems data breach, and even better that three hackers have been indicted for the crime. Albert Gonzalez, a 28- year-old identified as the lead hacker, faces up to 25 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.
It is an age old question: Who really is in charge of security? A look back into history, one can see the origination of the word "password" and how it came from the guard at the gate of a city or castle, who upon approached, would say "Halt, who goes there?"