Facial recognition, arguably, is the technology that most threatens individual privacy online, and that's on the mind of Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller, who has asked the FTC to report on its growing use.
Giving employees the chance to use their own mobile devices on their employers' network isn't necessarily given. That's what Delaware Chief Security Officer Elayne Starkey found when the state implemented a new program to allow the secure use of personal devices on state networks.
The Durbin Amendment to the Dodd-Frank Act brought enormous change to the payments industry. But within this change comes a whole new value proposition for the PIN debit network - and for institutions' efforts to fight fraud.
"Organizations are putting in layers of security and tools to safeguard information and assets, however, the fraudsters are attacking our weakest link, the consumer," says Anthony Vitale of Patelco Credit Union.
"With a company-issued device, you can issue a policy that says users have no rights of privacy over information on the device," says Javelin's Tom Wills. But with employee-owned devices? A whole new set of issues.
Elayne Starkey recently gave up her BlackBerry for an iPhone, and uses the Apple mobile device for personal and work doings, securely connecting to the computer system of her employer, the state of Delaware.
Successful wire fraud attacks cause losses averaging between $100,000 to 200,000 per victim. So, it's not surprising that banks are being sued by business customers for alleged failures to prevent fraud via ACH.
As smartphone usage grows, so do emerging threats of mobile malware. When it comes to mobile banking security, financial institutions can only do so much. Security solutions will have to come from mobile vendors, says ENISA's Giles Hogben.
Mobile apps and smartphone security are increasing global concerns. But Dr. Giles Hogben of ENISA says mobile malware mania is a bit overhyped, since mobile is actually more secure than most other platforms currently on the market.