You know you’ve made it when you get your own month

Happy Cybersecurity Awareness Month!  Yes, October is host to a number of awarenesses, including cybersec (which makes it timely for Ed Snowden to join Twitter), and this year, some, like the folks at Experian and T-Mobile, might find this awareness to be quite relevant to their interests.  A new data breach, announced last week, hit… Read More

Data Security Update – Chip Cards

Today’s the day!  *leaps out of bed* *runs to calendar* *trips and bangs knee* *hobbles to calendar* *circled by hearts and smiley faces, October 1: CHIP DAY* Oh, boy!  It’s finally here.  The day when credit card companies across the U.S. must start rolling out new cards embedded with microchips designed to prevent fraud, meant… Read More

Infected Apps and Hyperloops

You know how, when you go to download something, and you get a warning that you might be downloading malicious software?  Maybe it makes you think twice about going through with the process (and if it doesn’t, uhhh).  Turns out, however, such a warning was not enough for some mobile app developers in China.  Opting,… Read More

Data Security Update – Android Exploit

Amid a troubled security year for Android (including the Stagefright bug found in April), earlier this month Google released the Android 5.1.1 build LMY48M on September 9, containing a fix for a vulnerability that had been discovered in June by John Gordon, security analyst at the University of Texas’ information security office.  The bug, which… Read More

Millions More Medical Records Stolen

This has not been a good year so far for blue crosses and blue shields.  Honestly, all these healthcare data breaches make for a double-edged sword, when it comes to writing about them.  Sure, each one is its own story, and gives me new material; but at the same time, that story is just the… Read More

Healthcare Breaches and EMR Adoption

With a certain Ms. Madison recently dominating headlines (even earning shout outs on hit TV series), it might be easy to forget that other hacks—less scandalous but just as symptomatic—continue apace.  Healthcare, in particular, remains an attractive industry for cyber criminals to target.  People’s medical information can net thieves a much better payday, after all,… Read More

Data Security Encirclement and Encryption

Some movement on the enforcement front of encryption, as the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has confirmed the Federal Trade Commission’s authority to enforce data security standards.  After a case involving three separate data breaches at Wyndham hotels, which were facilitated by Wyndham allegedly misrepresenting the security measures it had in place, the court… Read More

Carphones, Ashley Madison and the New Cyber Reality

Not that anyone expected otherwise, but this whole Year of the Data Breach business is turning out to be a global phenomenon, to now turn to the hack of British mobile phone retailer Carphone Warehouse.  Personally, I don’t like the distraction of prolonged conversation while driving, free hands or not; but in its mission to… Read More

What would you do if your personal information was breached?

What protections do people deserve from data breaches?  And how much should those actually affected by a breach receive?  These are topics that are currently being debated in the legislature, in light of the two OPM hacks that compromised the security clearance records of over 20 million federal employees.  Free credit monitoring is often a… Read More

UCLA and Ashley Madison: This Year of the Data Breach

And people thought we were witnessing a deluge of superhero movies. Even next year, when there will be no fewer than six mask-and-cape epics, from three different studios, won’t be any comparison to the torrent of data breaches that already makes last year’s label as “Year of the Data Breach” seem like a joke. Health… Read More