Federal judge halts Keystone XL construction pending new environmental analysis

first_imgFederal judge halts Keystone XL construction pending new environmental analysis FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享CNBC:A federal judge in Montana halted construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline on Thursday on the grounds that the U.S. government did not complete a full analysis of the environmental impact of the TransCanada project.The ruling deals a major setback for TransCanada and could possibly delay the construction of the $8 billion, 1,180 mile (1,900 km) pipeline.The ruling is a victory for environmentalists, tribal groups and ranchers who have spent more than a decade fighting against construction of the pipeline that will carry heavy crude to Steele City, Nebraska, from Canada’s oil sands in Alberta.U.S. District Court Judge Brian Morris’ ruling late on Thursday came in a lawsuit that several environmental groups filed against the U.S. government in 2017, soon after President Donald Trump announced a presidential permit for the project. Morris wrote in his ruling that a U.S. State Department environmental analysis “fell short of a ‘hard look”‘ at the cumulative effects of greenhouse gas emissions and the impact on Native American land resources.He also ruled the analysis failed to fully review the effects of the current oil price on the pipeline’s viability and did not fully model potential oil spills and offer mitigations measures. In Thursday’s ruling, Morris ordered the government to issue a more thorough environmental analysis before the project can move forward.More: US judge halts construction of the Keystone XL oil pipelinelast_img read more

Addressing the unique security challenges of mobile devices

first_img 46SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Kristen Jason Kristen has several years of marketing experience. Prior to joining D+H, she served in roles for a regional bank and a trade association for auditors. She holds a BA … Web: www.dh.com Details Mobile devices are introducing unprecedented improvements in convenience. However, mobile devices also present a unique set of security requirements and challenges. Mobile devices are the 21st century wallet – the ultimate in convenience for banking, shopping and entertainment. Since mobile devices contain a wealth of information, they are target-rich, and hence attractive to fraudsters.FFIEC has issued guidance on using multi-factor authentication to financial institutions for all forms of electronic banking and payment activities, including mobile banking. Multi-factor authentication uses a combination of something that the user knows (password), something that the user possesses (mobile device) or something that is inseparable from the user (biometrics). A multi-factor authentication system is ideal, of course, to have a high level of security with ease of access and transparent to the end user while not delivered to the device. A second or third layer of authentication to login makes an attack more difficult, but the challenge is to make an attack harder for fraudsters without making the consumer experience inconvenient or unpleasant. Learn more about how oneWhen it comes to data storage, financial institutions need to ensure their banking apps do not store customer information, such as usernames and passwords on the mobile device. According to Sean Darragh, VP of security at Malauzai Software, “Mobile devices should be considered ‘compromised’ from a design perspective. Sensitive data such as credit card numbers, social security numbers, etc. if necessary, should only live in session and should NOT persist to the device. If data is not stored securely, then sensitive data can be retrieved from a device fairly easily as mobile devices have the propensity to ‘leak’ information due to users allowing overly permissive apps.” For example, apps that have a marketing bent or allow in-app purchases usually ask for access to things they don’t need to function such as document management storage, use accounts on the device, or full network access. If a user grants such permissions, then the app can add or remove items from storage or see all the accounts on your device. In sum, the device would then leak information to apps that don’t specifically need it because the user has granted access to the app.So what happens if a mobile device is lost or stolen? Bank administrators need the ability to deactivate their apps on individual devices and force consumers to re-authenticate prior to assessing account information. Credible mobile apps feature SAMI – an application management system designed to provide remote device and application management. Financial institutions can track devices running the app, disable the app remotely if necessary and send push notifications to the devices. The consumer can take action as well, including contacting the financial institution to report the missing device, and the mobile carrier to suspend service, as well as taking advantage of recovery apps on the market to help track lost devices. For example, Android users can take advantage of Google’s Android Device Manager to track phones/tablets that do not require an app to be installed. Customers can also use their mobile operating systems to track and wipe their devices if necessary, which is a capability that should be configured upon device setup. Being able to wipe data is crucial – consumers may not even remember what they accessed on their phone over time. Any data stored on a device, even personal contacts, can be very dangerous in the wrong hands. Confidential information, emails, text messages, and browsing history, when compromised, can be used to commit illegal activities such as identity theft and fraud.Overall, having a strong focus on innovation with mobile banking is key, but it is important to integrate secure practices all along the way. To learn more about how one credit union is competing with much larger financial institutions by offering this type of technology, click here.last_img read more