Who's behind the International Monetary Fund breach? Some observers suggest the attack could have been waged by a government to access confidential information about the financial stability of certain global markets.
CEO Jack Tretton didn't minimize the breach, grouping Sony with others that have been hacked in recent weeks. "If you read the newspapers, you realize that there are companies being bombarded with people trying to hack them all the time."
NRC CISO Patrick Howard is among three information security leaders who share their experiences, approaches and challenges from battling data breach incidents that had an impact on their organizations and their careers.
Details surrounding the reported breach of the International Monetary Fund remain sketchy, but alarming. And Gartner analyst Avivah Litan believes there may be "dozens" of similar incidents that have not been disclosed.
"This is yet another [incident] in what is turning into a major 'breach streak,' which will make all of us rethink what information security really means," says Mike Urban, senior director of fraud solutions for FICO.
Breaches will not slow anytime soon, and there's not much financial institutions and the payments chain can do to stop them. At this point, the best course of action for banks and retailers is to focus on damage control.
When a database breach occurs, consumer notification continues to be a public problem. And it's time for the federal government to step in, says Linda Foley, co-founder of the non-profit Identity Theft Resource Center.
Victimized by a hack of its SecurID authentication token that resulted in the breaches of several customers' IT systems, security maker RSA is expected to announce its first chief security officer as early as Friday.
Art Coviello, RSA's executive chairman, confirms that information taken from RSA in March had been used as an element of an attempted broader attack discovered late last month on SecurID customer and defense contractor Lockheed Martin.
Revelations that Google's Gmail and Sony Pictures were both targeted by hackers highlights growing concerns about cybersecurity and the sophistication - and frequency - of attacks, as well as how to keep the public informed about such incidents.
It's clear that major data breaches have become not just a topic of mainstream news, but they're occurring with such frequency and potential devastation that they're almost deserving of a 24-hour news desk.