In December, PCI SSC plans to publish a new standard for solutions that enable "tap and go" transactions on merchant smartphones and other commercial off-the shelf mobile devices. Troy Leach, the council's CTO, offers insights on the role the standard will play in enhancing security for smaller merchants.
Mobile devices are attractive targets for attackers because of messages, call logs, location data and more. State-sponsored groups are digging ever deeper into mobile hacking, says Brian Robison of BlackBerry Cylance.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is pushing a proposal that would ban U.S. telecommunications firms from using commission funds to buy equipment from companies deemed national security threats. The new rule would first target Chinese telecom companies Huawei and ZTE.
The threat and risk surface of internet of things devices deployed in automobiles is exponentially increasing, which poses risks for the coming wave of autonomous vehicles, says Campbell Murray of BlackBerry. Large code bases, which likely have many hidden software bugs, are part of the problem, he says.
The Cyber Security Agency of Singapore has come up with an operational technology and cybersecurity master plan aimed at building a secure and resilience ecosystem to protect critical infrastructure. But will implementation prove feasible?
Connected devices - the sheer number of them and the scale of the cybersecurity risks they pose - are a top concern in 2020 and beyond, says Robert Falzon of Check Point Software Technologies, who weighs in on the threats and technologies he's watching.
5G is coming, and with it comes the promise of connectivity on an unprecedented scale. And then there are the security concerns about infrastructure, connected devices and a new multifaceted attack surface. Olivera Zatezalo of Huawei Technologies Canada discusses these concerns.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers has introduced a bill to help U.S. telecommunications providers "rip and replace" any Chinese-built networking equipment. The move comes as many experts warn that using Huawei or ZTE 5G equipment poses an unacceptable national security risk.
Two years after WannaCry wreaked havoc via flaws in SMB_v1 and three years after Mirai infected internet of things devices en masse via default credentials, attackers are increasingly targeting the same flaws, security experts warn.
This week's ISMG Security Report takes a close look at whether an iPhone hacking campaign may be linked to Android spying campaigns by China. Plus: Do ransomware gangs target organizations that have cyber insurance?
Security needs to be reinvented for the internet of things, and start-up companies can play a critical role, says Robin Saxby, the former CEO and founder of Arm Holdings, a U.K.-based semiconductor company, who now invests in start-up firms.
A "zero trust" security model makes it easier to manage application access and protect against malicious users, but the rollout of the model must be managed in a very organized way, says Mani Sundaram, CIO and EVP, Global Services and Support, at Akamai Technologies.
Healthcare organizations must actively manage their in-house medical internet of things to ensure that they can provide high levels of patient care while minimizing the inevitable risks posed by internet-connected medical devices, says Fortified Health Security's Dan Dodson.
Apple is opening up its bug bounty program to all researchers, increasing the rewards and expanding the scope of qualifying products in a bid to attract tips on critical software flaws. The changes were announced at last week's Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas.