A California judge handed down a 12-year prison sentence to a phisher who stole financial details from more than 38,000 online accountholders. Observers say the sentence signals a changing attitude about the severity of cybercrimes.
Corporate account takeover events are reigniting the debate between banks and their former commercial customers, about everything from fraud liability and the "good faith" standard to commercially reasonable security.
"The FFIEC guidance does a good job of addressing today's and yesterday's threats and suggested techniques, but it is not sufficiently forward-looking," says Gartner's Avivah Litan. "Two years from now, the guidance will be sorely out of date."
The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council has formally released the long-awaited update to its "Authentication in an Internet Banking Environment" guidance. The new directives take effect January 2012.
Security experts at this week's Gartner Security and Risk Management Summit agree: Security, not compliance, has to be the new focus. Cyberintrusions cannot be stopped, and the RSA breach should be a lesson to the industry.
No one is really sure when the FFIEC's new authentication guidance will be issued, but we do know banking institutions can't afford to wait. Hence, our new FFIEC Authentication Guidance Resource Center.
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.
Some organizations hesitate to involve law enforcement in their breach investigations for fear that exposing the hack would cost them their reputations and money. A Justice Department contingent tells a gathering of lawyers why that impression is wrong.