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June 11, 2015  4:51 PM

U.S. government breach could have accessed private citizens’ data

Fran Sales Fran Sales Profile: Fran Sales
Apple, Apple iOS, cybersecurity, Data breach, Data privacy, Hack, Safe Harbor

U.S. officials say the recent hack of government computer systems affects 4 million current and former federal employees, but the breach could have impacted private citizens, too. Also in the news: Apple hyped new privacy protections as it updates Siri, while U.S. and EU officials moved closer...

June 5, 2015  5:11 PM

Data as currency: Balancing risk vs. reward

Ben Cole Ben Cole Profile: Ben Cole
Compliance, Data-security, Information governance

(This blog post was written by Jeff Whited, senior manager of education development at ARMA International.) By leveraging big data as an asset, organizations are tapping new business efficiencies and revenue streams. Credit card companies, for instance, sell data on customers' buying...


May 28, 2015  1:31 PM

Wall Street, small banks still plagued by regulatory compliance enforcement

Fran Sales Fran Sales Profile: Fran Sales
Banking industry, Chief Compliance Officer, Compliance, Dodd-Frank, Financial fraud, Financial industry, Financial regulations, grc, regulatory compliance

If recent headlines are any indication, Wall Street banks and other financial institutions continue to garner poor marks when it comes to regulatory compliance: Earlier this month, several major global banks pleaded guilty to federal accusations regarding the rigging of foreign exchange rates. Also...


May 6, 2015  4:44 PM

SEC calls for more executive pay transparency; proposed law could allow hacked firms to keep mum

Fran Sales Fran Sales Profile: Fran Sales
Cell phones, CIO, Compliance, Customer data, Data breach disclosure, Data breach notification laws, Data privacy, Dodd-Frank, FBI, gps, Hacking, SEC, tracking

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is pushing to provide U.S. shareholders with better metrics to compare executive pay against company performance. In other GRC headlines from recent weeks: A new law moving through Congress could allow breached companies to keep intrusions under wraps;...


April 22, 2015  4:30 PM

Lawmakers race to pass cybersecurity bill; NSA wants front door into encrypted devices

Fran Sales Fran Sales Profile: Fran Sales
cybersecurity, Cybersecurity legislation, Data Encryption, Hackers, Health IT, Mobile encryption, NSA, NSA Data Collection

Much to the chagrin of privacy advocates, U.S. legislators have been pushing to pass a bill to improve cyberthreat intelligence sharing before discussing National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance reforms. In other recent news: Privacy proponents are also up in arms about an NSA proposal that...


April 8, 2015  1:43 PM

New U.S. sanctions target foreign hackers; Facebook battles EU over privacy

Fran Sales Fran Sales Profile: Fran Sales
Banking industry, CIO, Compliance, Cyberattacks, Data privacy, Data protection, European Data Protecion legislation, Facebook, grc, risk

Following the recent streak of high-profile cyberattacks on U.S. companies, the Obama administration last week unveiled a program that would impose sanctions on individuals or groups overseas that are potential sources of cyberthreats. Also in the news: Facebook's privacy practices face growing...


March 26, 2015  1:36 PM

FBI takes a step toward broader hacking authority; most companies fail PCI compliance tests

Fran Sales Fran Sales Profile: Fran Sales
Compliance, Compliance Assessment, Cybersecurity legislation, Data privacy, FBI, NSA, online privacy, PCI compliance, PCI DSS, Privacy Protection

The FBI's quest to expand its hacking authority moved forward last week: A judicial advisory panel approved a rule change regarding how flexible judges can be in granting search warrants outside the bounds of their geographical jurisdiction. Also in the news recently: The Pentagon launched a...


March 11, 2015  5:51 PM

Will weak incentives for security investment force regulatory intervention?

Fran Sales Fran Sales Profile: Fran Sales
CIO, Compliance, Consumer data, cybersecurity, Data breach, Data privacy, Data protection, Forrester, FTC, Governance, grc, GRC strategy, Information security, personal data, Risk assessment, Risk management

Data breaches have been intensifying in recent years, but security expert Benjamin Dean argues that many companies still lack motivation to invest in more robust information security. Also in headlines from the past few weeks: The U.S. and European governments set their sights on data processing...


February 26, 2015  3:28 PM

AT&T’s high-speed service comes with a privacy fee; Google bows to privacy spot checks

Fran Sales Fran Sales Profile: Fran Sales
AT&T, Data privacy, Data-security, Encryption, Fiber optic networking, Google, samsung, Smart machines

AT&T's has begun rollout of a fiber-optic Internet service that furnishes customers with high-speed access, but they must pay an extra monthly charge if they want to keep their browsing habits private. In other data privacy news, Google accepted the terms of an agreement drawn up by an Italian...


February 11, 2015  8:53 PM

FCC chairman urges strong Internet regulation; Anthem breach might set a precedent

Fran Sales Fran Sales Profile: Fran Sales
CIO, Data collection policies, Data Encryption, FCC, Healthcare IT, HIPAA, Internet service providers, Net Neutrality, NSA, NSA Data Collection, NSA surveillance, privacy

In a bold effort to ensure net neutrality, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has proposed a new set of rules that would treat the Internet as a public utility and prohibit pay-to-play fast lanes. Also in recent GRC news: Experts warn that Anthem's breach could lead to more attacks on other healthcare...


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