Articles by: Robert Siciliano

Bankers on the Front lines of Cyber Defense

Bankers on the Front lines of Cyber Defense

by July 1, 2014 at 10:18 am 0 comments

There was once a time when the only threat to a bank’s security was when that innocent-looking man hands a note to the bank teller that makes her face go ashen. And the only security, save for video surveillance, was the armed guards and the silent alarm that the tellerRead More

Can Your Privacy Policy Be Read by a 5th Grader?

Can Your Privacy Policy Be Read by a 5th Grader?

by June 17, 2014 at 9:10 am 0 comments

Zero. The number of people who have ever read word for word—and understood—a website’s privacy policy.

Your Customers’ High Cost of Privacy

Your Customers’ High Cost of Privacy

by June 5, 2014 at 11:34 am 0 comments

This writer has said numerous times that privacy is waning and dying. Partly because we have allowed it with our bazillion posts to social and partly because of the shift from print advertising to digital. During that shift, lots of creative types figured out how to figure you out andRead More

Risk Reduction: #1 Concern of Bank Boards

Risk Reduction: #1 Concern of Bank Boards

by May 22, 2014 at 10:01 am 0 comments

The Bank Director’s 2014 Risk Practices Survey reveals some very interesting information about the risk management programs that bank boards have in place. It’s classically challenging for many banks to assess how risk management practices affect the institution. However, banks that have worked at measuring the impact of a riskRead More

National Retail Federation pushes for Chip and PIN

National Retail Federation pushes for Chip and PIN

by April 24, 2014 at 11:03 am 0 comments

The recent major retail breaches have fueled increased interest by the National Retail Federation to push for implementation of a chip and PIN payment card technology. This would make the magnetic strips on payment cards obsolete and no longer a calling card for hackers. “We’re here today because the questionRead More

Heartbleed: Free Tool To Check if That Site is Safe

Heartbleed: Free Tool To Check if That Site is Safe

by April 17, 2014 at 11:08 am 0 comments

I’m sure you’ve heard the news about Heartbleed by now (unless you’re in vacation wonderland and have taken a tech break). This is a serious vulnerability in the core of the Internet and is something we all should be concerned about. Heartbleed is a kink in encryption software, discovered byRead More

Credit Card Fraud Security Bleak

Credit Card Fraud Security Bleak

by April 7, 2014 at 11:25 am 0 comments

The U.S. is no superpower when it comes to card payments, but rather is the card-hacking headquarters of the world. Don’t count on credit card fraud going away too soon. After all, Americans practically sleep, eat and breathe credit card use. And it’s those doggone magnetic strips on the cardsRead More

Chip and PIN or Chip and Signature?

Chip and PIN or Chip and Signature?

by April 3, 2014 at 8:39 am 0 comments

OK, there’s lots going on here. Read slowly and wrap your brain around this. So which offers more security? Chip-and-PIN or chip-and-signature for your card payments? Chip-and-PIN wins. This is due to two authentication forms: the card and the PIN, which is stored in your head (or should be, anyways,Read More

Mortgage Brokers Put Client Data at Risk

Mortgage Brokers Put Client Data at Risk

by March 4, 2014 at 9:50 am 0 comments

Your private information may not be safe with your own mortgage lender, even a small one, says cybersecurity firm HALOCK Security Labs. The leak may occur when data goes from applicant to lender. Seventy percent of the 63 U.S. mortgage lenders that HALOCK investigated allowed applicants to send private andRead More

The Connected Home is Finally Here

The Connected Home is Finally Here

by February 20, 2014 at 11:03 am 0 comments

A connected home is one in which appliances and accessories are connected to the Internet. An example would be a refrigerator that texts the homeowner when the eggs are about to run out (the egg tray has the sensor). It’s projected that a connected home can be built from theRead More

FTC: Tech Support Scams Are Baaaaack!

FTC: Tech Support Scams Are Baaaaack!

by February 5, 2014 at 9:42 am 0 comments

They’re back, and they’re scarier than fangy blood sucking ghosts: tech support scammers. They want to suck you dry of your last penny. A tech support scam may go as follows: You receive a call from someone informing you that your computer is infected with a really bad virus andRead More