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Encryption as Part of the Defense Strategy

I always take slight issue with data security articles that say in the title that encryption won’t protect against breaches.  To me it’s a little misleading.  It carries the implication that encryption is almost unnecessary, when that’s not what the article actually goes on to say.  Quite the opposite.  Rather, what they invariably mean is… Read More

Cybercrime targeting your kids and your DNA

Part of this blog’s purpose is to keep people up to date with the latest threats from cyber criminals.  Naturally, when we find mention of a trend neglected by the research community, I feel obligated to give it what small signal boost I can.  In this case, it’s in the field of biotech, and new… Read More

How Do You Prioritize Security?

It’s no secret by now that cybersecurity often falls on a lower rung of priorities for companies.  Developers of an application, for example, are most interested in facilitating the best, most convenient experience for customers as possible.  Security can, in comparison, fall by the wayside.  But in failing to sufficiently keep their data safe, can… Read More

Taking Customer Privacy Seriously

One interesting little statistic I noticed comes from Zack Whittaker.  In the wake of a data breach, he discovered that there’s one common response companies will usually trot out for their customers or users.  “We take your privacy and security seriously,” or some variation of the phrase.  Out of 285 data breach notifications examined, he… Read More

Data Personalization and Consumer Trust

“Personalization” is a key concept among data-driven business strategies these days.  Often touted as a benefit to consumers, you can find companies seeking to give personalized experiences in more industries than one.  According to recent studies, however, consumers around the world may be adopting a stance of, “thanks, but no thanks,” on this position.  In… Read More

GDPR Enforcement Continues

This past Monday was Data Privacy Day.  To mark the occasion, you could find countless articles offering tips and strategies for minimizing the vulnerability of one’s personal data.  I don’t want to focus too much on the fine details, since everyone else has done so (including us in the past), but the same steps as… Read More

GDPR and Data Security Basics

It appears that Europe’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) law is still fighting pushback, or simply ignorance, from companies handling vast troves of user data.  Twitter made news recently for a flaw that exposed a number of private tweets made on Android devices to public view.  More importantly, however, in October the company appeared… Read More

What the government shutdown could mean for the security of your personal information

It looks like 2019 is already presenting unique issues for cybersecurity stewards and experts alike.  The Daily Orange states that many customers remain unaware that their credit or debit card information gets stored in a company database when they use them at payment terminals.  While this is undoubtedly true, I would add that consumers in… Read More

Consumer Trust in Cybersecurity in the New Year

I’m sure that if Blackberry had conducted this survey in the 90s—if they had asked people their level of trust in purchasing ‘smart’ cars, TVs, security cameras or drones—respondents would’ve taken one look at a VHS copy of The Terminator and given a flat nope. Today, the reaction seems to be just that, if perhaps… Read More

It’s the season of giving (away your data)

Some more news this week: Facebook keeps faceplanting, and now Twitter also joins in the fun. In the latter case, the avian-logo’d social media platform has announced that an error in their support forms potentially exposed country codes of users’ phone numbers to anyone interested.  This might not seem like a major incident compared to… Read More

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