Regardless of how many federal agencies can actually issue ID cards that are compliant with the Federal Information Processing Standard 201 (FIPS 201) by Oct. 27, observers say that the new standards are already making an impact outside of the U.S. government.
This just in: another chapter in the heavy book about how the federal government is relegating cybersecurity to a little room under the stairs. In case you haven't heard, the proposed federal CISO Exchange has imploded, after U.S. Office of Management and Budget withdrew its support for the nascent program..
Last June, as U.S. Secret Service agent Kent McCarthy and attorney Eric Friedberg closed a presentation they were giving to members of the New York Electronic Crimes Task Force, they flashed an IP address on the screen before taking questions from the audience.
To ease consumer fears of shady e-tailers and bright hackers -- and save themselves and member banks a bundle by avoiding unauthorized sales -- plastic peddlers are trying to make the Internet a safer place to shop.
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