DNC hack shows severe US vulnerability to cyber attacks

The big news this weekend was, of course, the hack of the Democratic National Committee emails.  20,000 emails exposed ordinarily wouldn’t even make the Top 5 list of data breaches for a given month, but this story has deservedly been catapulted to number one.  Few breaches have had the political significance of the DNC’s dirty… Read More

Mr. Robot returns, as unsettlingly relevant as ever

Everyone’s favorite narratively unstable, obliquely framed, psychological hacker drama, Mr. Robot, returned to TV this week with its second season premiere.  Buckle in, because if you weren’t already paranoid enough about cyber security, you’ll never trust another device or email again. As before, any articles written here on Mr. Robot won’t really contain too much… Read More

When Sharing Becomes TMI

Last week was apparently host to Social Media Day.  I had assumed that every day was Social Media Day, but June 30 specifically marks the anniversary of the celebration initiated by Mashable seven years ago.  Recognition of the transformative and communicative power of the tool that has helped define the 21st century so far is worthwhile,… Read More

Digging Up Dirt on the Competition

“In Virginia, recently,” jokes Conan O’Brien in a recent monologue, “a computer crash wiped out a decade’s worth of U.S. military data.  However, this morning the Chinese government called and said, ‘No problem, we backed it up.’” Humor usually has a grain of truth to it; although in cases like these, it’s more like a… Read More

The Weakest Link

It’s often noted that employees, left untrained or unsupervised, can become the weakest link for an organization when it comes to its data security practices.  Few incidents offer such a high profile example of this as last year’s breach at Morgan Stanley, in which a former broker in the firm’s wealth management group, Galen Marsh,… Read More

Millennials at high risk for a data breach

Reading the results of a survey conducted by Webroot, it’s pretty remarkable to learn that despite their peerless levels of tech savvy, millennials score lower on security than an older generation like the Baby Boomers.  The data speaks to familiar experience, however, when I think about it.  Multiple times have I seen friends and family… Read More

Faith in Organizational Security Lacking

Though I should probably change my LinkedIn password more frequently, I think I’m in the clear this time.  If you haven’t changed yours recently, however, now would be an optimal time, in light of the latest news out of Mountain View.  If you recall, back in 2012 LinkedIn experienced a data breach, in which 6.5… Read More

Calculating the Cost of Healthcare Breaches

The Ponemon Institute continues to do good work.  For the past several years it has put out reports that survey the current cybersecurity landscape, taking the measure of privacy and security when it comes to healthcare data.  One important constant across these studies since their inception, including the most recent one this month, has been… Read More

New National CISO will have a full plate

Back in February, President Obama announced the creation of the position of a national Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), as part of an administrative Cybersecurity National Action Plan “that takes near-term actions and puts in place a long-term strategy to enhance cybersecurity awareness and protections, protect privacy, maintain public safety as well as economic and… Read More

Security Fundamentals Still a Challenge

At this point, diverse industries have had mounting experience with data breaches; indeed, Verizon’s 2016 Data Breach Investigations Report reveals a significant increase (48%) of confirmed breaches this year among the nearly 70 organizations who participated in their survey.  Unfortunately, this experience has not as yet been any guarantee of change, of adaptation and improvements… Read More