What you may have missed

What You May Have Missed

1. If you liked our piece on the national health database, here’s an excellent NPR audio recording of the Diane Rehm Show, The Promise And Perils Of A New Project To Share Individual Patient Records. More than just a report about the health database, Joe Selby, Executive Director of PCORI addresses privacy rights as well…

what you may have missed

What You May Have Missed

1. According to the FTC, there are 33 states that sell de-identified patient health information that is possible to re-identify and I was sad to learn our health data is worth a measly 50 bucks. 2. At a recent FTC workshop about Consumer Generated and Controlled Health Data, they covered a range of topics, from…

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The Lowdown on PCI DSS and Two-Factor Authentication

With the big security breaches from last year on our minds and with little new information available, there’s still plenty to puzzle over. One aspect of the Target breach that left security observers scratching their heads was the ease with which the hackers were able to gain access to the internal network by just swiping…

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The NSA’s Other Security Factor: Two-Factor Authorization

We’ve already written about how Snowden took advantage of holes in the NSA’s porous security controls.  Sure, he gamed the system by either faking someone else’s credentials or by using his admin account to adjust existing user profiles. This allowed him access to documents requiring a higher security-level clearance than he’d been given. But one…

What You May Have Missed

What You May Have Missed

1. Can a CEO lose his job over a data breach?  Earlier this month, the board of directors at Target replaced its chief executive after a massive data breach that ultimately hurt the company’s bottom line. For a legal analysis of why the board had no choice, read this piece on the importance of having…

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Ultimate Security Wisdom From Verizon’s DBIR: Limit, Control, and Monitor

For those in IT too busy to read the 60-page Data Breach Investigations Report, Verizon provides the shorter executive summary. And to summarize the summary, they’ve come up with seven tips based on their analysis of over 60,000 security incidents. If I had to condense this list into a simple one sentence security mantra it…

What You May Have Missed

What You May Have Missed

1. In the unregulated world of social media, the FTC has become the de facto enforcer of privacy. Snapchat is the photo sharing service that promised customers their photos and videos would automatically self-destruct. On Thursday, they admitted to the FTC that photos don’t actually disappear forever. As part of the FTC settlement, Snapchat agreed to be monitored by an independent auditor for the next 20 years.

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Privacy Becomes a Focus at TechCrunch Disrupt NY

When launching software in the get-it-out-the-door world of consumer apps, companies often give security and privacy a lower priority. Understandable, of course. It’s not that this isn’t considered, but it’s hard for many embryonic startups (and even some larger players) to implement privacy-by-design concepts when also having to deal with everything else. With that in…

What You May Have Missed May 2 2014

What You May Have Missed

1. EdTech startup with plans to collect and analyze data from US schools closes down over privacy concerns. Several key states ultimately passed laws to prevent school districts from sharing student data with outside services, resulting in this startup dropping out of the student database business. 2. The White House’s Big Data report also includes…

what you may have missed

What you may have missed

1. An awesome graphic of Heartbleed and security, depicting how the vulnerability works and a way to flag sites vulnerable to Heartbleed. 2. Despite the powers of big data, there are a few shortcomings that limit the accuracy for predicting flu epidemics. 3. Healthcare conference attendees believe privacy will crash big data if we don’t get it right. 4. Government public service…