Facial recognition tech leveraging your social media

As the EU contemplates a temporary ban on facial recognition technology, companies who provide such a service might soon be in legal trouble anyway.  A startup named Clearview AI is one such firm.  Clearview offers an application exclusively for law enforcement that leverages facial data scraped from the Internet.  Clearview relies on social media platforms… Read More

Hospital closures and a billion exposed medical images

According to Bloomberg data, at least 30 hospitals in the US went bankrupt in 2019.  Aside from my opinion that this is probably not a concept indicative of a healthy society, cybersecurity lists among the several reasons behind the struggles. Last year, around 40 breaches per month plagued the healthcare industry.  Amid all their other… Read More

Types of data hackers target and the best defenses

I want to highlight a crucial insight from Samantha Ann Schwartz at CIO Dive: in cybersecurity, “success is measured by silence.”  Which means failure is defined as making headlines for a data breach. I can’t help but predict that this year will be pretty noisy. Protecting critical data becomes more complicated every year (really every… Read More

Security risks in kids toys again this holiday season?

It seems like we cover this at least once a year, probably more: the state of cybersecurity for children’s toys.  Given the holidays now upon us, I think it’s an appropriate time to check in again. And the status is…sigh, really?  More glaring vulnerabilities in smart toys that are going on the shelves this season. … Read More

Password Reuse and Cybersecurity Awareness

Forbes writes that in our current BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) world, cybersecurity awareness among an engaged workforce is necessary to navigate safely.  Indeed, both increased savvy and new technologies together offer the best way forward against an ever-changing landscape of risks. The bearing this view might have on another recent story is interesting.  A… Read More

Cybersecurity for Auld Lang Syne

Whether a product or service is old or new, cybersecurity remains a paramount issue. With the new, there will always be a period of security concern after launch.  We have seen this with the Internet of Things (which has proven to be an extended period), so it’s no surprise that Disney’s new streaming platform, Disney+… Read More

Data protection to be thankful for

As we wrap up our Thanksgiving celebrations, T-Mobile should consider giving its own small bit of thanks.  Or at least count itself relatively lucky.  Two big breaches in two years, and its customers’ financial data was not compromised in either. In August 2018, the first of the pair exposed about 2 million customer records to… Read More

A new method for cybersecurity education?

As we always say, a crucial aspect of good cyber practice in the workplace is education.  Employees can either be a strength or a vulnerability to an organization’s network, depending on the knowledge and training they receive.  So why not make them as strong a defense as possible? John Sileo at Security Magazine puts forward… Read More

How confident are you in your cybersecurity readiness?

According to more than half (52%) of the respondents to an Avertium survey, their organization plans to expand their cybersecurity teams in 2020—including both employees and outside consultants. Another result from the study is interesting in that they reveal how human error remains as concerning an issue as it always has been.  Specifically, phishing and… Read More

Dangerous stalkerware creeps into people’s lives and homes

Here’s a story fit for the season, although it’s definitely not fun and games.  There are all kinds of dangerous and harmful apps out there, just waiting to infect your phone or computer with malicious malware.  Apple and Google have recently needed to remove several dozen compromised apps from their mobile stores, apps that use… Read More