Equifax’s data breach is the gift that keeps on taking

Every time we think we’re out, they pull us back in.  Just when we’ve seemingly heard the last of the Equifax story, more damning updates come to light.  This time, yet another additional set of people affected by last year’s data breach (2.4 million more) was announced recently, which brings the total number up to… Read More

Monitoring Your Data After a Breach

You might think younger generations would be the least likely to closely monitor their finances, but according to a recent survey from CreditCards.com, this isn’t the case.  Checking your credit report and credit score following a data breach is important, and apparently millennials are the most likely generation to do so since the Equifax breach…. Read More

Rules and Rewards in Cybersecurity

This might be somewhat similar to my previous post, or at least cover some of the same ground, but it’s a crucial topic, and one I believe deserves emphasis.  First, however, let me just say that with the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang are now in full swing, it is once more the time for viewers… Read More

Prioritizing Consumer Security: A Comparison

GDPR is steadily approaching.  It is only a few months now until the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation comes into final effect, and European firms have continued a strong investment in data protection and data loss prevention (DLP).  Both have been among top priorities for organizations; according to a Computer Weekly and TechTarget IT Priorities… Read More

To be, or not to be for data responsibility

Only a short time after being roped into a controversial political situation in the US, Norway has become the victim of a massive data breach.  In a nation of over 5 million people, 2.9 million have now had their personal and health information stolen by hackers.  The healthcare organization pilfered in this scenario, Health South-East… Read More

Social Credit System – Where Will Your Data Rank You?

Among US media, at least, it has long been the prevailing view that Chinese citizens are, on the whole, less demanding when it comes to their personal data online, or critical of its misuse; that there is a greater generosity and leeway afforded than in Western countries. That perception is currently being put to the… Read More

VTech and Equifax still on the hook for breaches

Back in 2015, the electronic toy manufacturer VTech suffered a particularly shameful data breach that exposed personal information for millions of people, including children.  Customers who registered for the company’s online Learning Lodge platform or its Kids Connect service had their information—190 GB worth of photos, chat logs, audio files and other tidbits—accessed by a… Read More

What You Need to Know about the Homeland Security Breach

It looks like we couldn’t go a single week in the new year without a significant data breach of a major government agency.  Right off the bat, the Department of Homeland Security announced that personal information was compromised for over 240,000 former and current employees, as well as subjects and witnesses involved with investigations of… Read More

Data Security Year In Review – Threats and Breaches Galore

It’s that time of year again.  The time when we look back at the cybersecurity year in review to see what trends soared, what information got compromised, and, hopefully, how to better protect ourselves in the future. We saw the evolution of ransomware, which, according to cybersecurity firm Bitdefender, totaled payments of $2 billion in… Read More

Don’t Get Caught Unprepared, GDPR Fast Approaching

It seems that the May 2018 deadline for the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is approaching just a bit faster than businesses are ready for.  According to research for ProofPoint, Inc., less than half of IT decision makers at UK companies (48%) say they are financially prepared for the new regulations.  This, despite the… Read More