Podcast Episode #18 – Excellent Adventures at Black Hat

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Hackers, Executives, Military Folks, IT People who work in Insurance, even Cab Drivers all had something to teach us about security and privacy at the latest Black Hat event in Vegas.

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EU GDPR Spotlight: 72-Hour Breach Notification Rule

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One of biggest and more controversial changes in the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the requirement for companies to report breaches of consumer personal data.  Fortunately, we recently had the chance to talk with an expert on GDPR compliance to find out some of the subtler details. “Likely to Affect” The first key […]

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Top Minds in PCI Compliance

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With countless data breaches hitting the front page, many are turning to the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) which is an invaluable controls list to guide, influence, and promote security. However, there are merchants who argue that these controls provide too much security while security professionals think they provide too little. So […]

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HHS to Investigate Smaller HIPAA Privacy Breaches

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As  a reader of this blog, you know all about Health and Human Services’ (HHS) wall of shame. That’s where breaches involving protected health information (PHI) affecting 500 or more records are posted for the world to see. It’s actually a requirement of HIPAA – technically the HITECH Act. But now there’s been a slight […]

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Podcast Episode #17 – More Articles on Privacy by Design than Implementation

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Going from policy to implementation is no easy feat because some have said that Privacy by Design is an elusive concept. In this episode, we meditated on possible solutions such as incentivizing and making privacy as the default setting. We even talked about the extra expense of having a Privacy by Design mindset. What do you […]

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Podcast Episode #16 – Threatbusters

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If there’s something strange on your network, who should we call? The security team! Well, I like to think of them as Threatbusters. Why? They’re insatiable learners and they work extremely hard to keep security threats at bay. In this episode, we talk about awesome new technologies(like computer chips that self-destruct and ghost towns that […]

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New SamSam Ransomware Exploiting Old JBoss Vulnerability

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One of the lessons learned from the uptick in ransomware attacks is that it pays to keep your security patches up to date. A few months ago the SamSam/Samas malware was (and is still) having great success primarily against healthcare companies and hospitals. The attack vector, though, was not based on phishing or social engineering. […]

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Six Authentication Experts You Should Follow

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Our recent ebook shows what’s wrong with current password-based authentication technology. But luckily, there are a few leading experts that are shaping the future of the post-password world. Here are six people you should follow: 1. Lorrie Cranor @lorrietweet Lorrie Cranor is a password researcher and is currently Chief Technologist at the US Federal Trade Commission. She is […]

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Summer Reminder: Cloud Storage Ain’t All That Private

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I’ve written before about the lack of privacy protections for consumers storing content in the cloud. In looking back over my notes, I’d forgotten just how few cloud privacy rights we have in the real world. Using the typical terms of service (ToS) from some major providers as a benchmark, your rights to the uploaded […]

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Protecting Bridget Jones’s Baby

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In the wake of the Sony Pictures breach, studios are getting much smarter when it comes to data protection. A shining example is Miramax, a global film and television studio best known for its award-winning and original content such as 2016’s Bridget Jones’s Baby with Universal Pictures and Studio Canal. Read the full case study ⟶ Miramax was […]

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Data Privacy US-Style: Our National Privacy Research Strategy

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While the EU has been speeding ahead with its own digital privacy laws, the US has been taking its own steps. Did you know there’s a National Privacy Research Strategy (NPRS) white paper that lays out plans for federally funded research projects into data privacy? Sure, the Federal Trade Commission has taken up the data privacy […]

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