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Now that GDPR is here, what does it mean?

Realistically, despite it having now gone into effect, there will still be plenty of entities that drag their feet on GDPR compliance.  For some, rolling the dice on avoiding a breach would seem like a preferable option to overhauling their policies to implement the new regulations.  If you don’t get breached, you don’t get penalized,… Read More

Keeping Kids’ Data Safe

This story is reminiscent of the toy manufacturer VTech’s breach, only with slightly older children.  I’m talking about the teen-monitoring app known as TeenSafe, which was recently discovered to have a vulnerable server, exposing the personal information of thousands of its users.  Many of these are, of course, teenagers.  The app allows for parents or… Read More

Taking responsibility for data breaches

The New Jersey state legislature has a group of bills circulating, intended to increase company accountability in the event of a breach.  One would require breached companies to pay for customer credit reports for six months, as well as allowing a parent or guardian to freeze their child’s credit report.  Another would require the encryption… Read More

Cybersecurity and the C-Suite (the C stands for complex)

The growth of the cybersecurity sector has brought many new opportunities for businesses across the board.  Inevitably, however, such increase also brings about greater complexity: challenges that now present themselves to security decision makers.  You know the story.  Larger security budgets, hurried spending, and a proliferation of products to navigate and select.  How should the… Read More

Facebook, Your Data, and Growing Cybercrime Economies

With GDPR implementation looming in Europe, Facebook picked an awkward time to have a major data incident.  Nevertheless, previously planned changes to their platform are moving forward.  European users are now starting to see these privacy policy updates for numerous services.  Let’s just focus on Facebook for now, however.  New consent flows and terms of… Read More

Data Heists From the Headlines

Isn’t there a new Ocean’s Eleven reboot in the works?  I think we’ve just found the plot for the next one.  I love everything about this story (aside from the breached data, of course).  Hacking a casino through a thermostat in one of its fish tanks sounds like a perfect premise for Hollywood summer fluff,… Read More

2018 Cybersecurity Trends to Watch

We’ve often discussed how internal threats in the healthcare industry supersede outside attackers in causing data breaches.  This remains true, according to Verizon’s latest Data Breach Investigation Report (DBIR).  What’s interesting, however, is how this is exclusive to this vertical, and reversed in others.  In education, finance, etc., external actors pose the greater risk. The… Read More

Under Armour’s Low Key Mega Breach

As March Madness finishes up, with Villanova and Notre Dame both victorious, the eyes of sports fan turn back to the NBA, and its own approaching playoff season.  One of the league’s biggest marketing partners, however, now finds itself a victim of one of the largest data breaches in history. Under Armour is sponsor of… Read More

Eroding Trust in Facebook

It has been a whirlwind couple of weeks for Facebook in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.  I won’t rehash all the details, since it’s been covered ad nauseam, but new tremors continue to ripple through the tech giant.  We covered last time the intended investigations by European legislators, but now, in the US,… Read More

Power, Responsibility, and Corruption: Facebook at a Crossroads

There has been some questioning, since the news broke, about whether this incident involving Facebook and Cambridge Analytica technically qualifies as a data breach.  Whether it does or not, European legislators will be among the first to take a serious look into the matter. You’ve probably heard the story by now: how data analytics firm… Read More

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