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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...

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...


January 20, 2015  7:04 PM

Website offers hackers for hire; Obama pushes new data privacy laws

Fran Sales Fran Sales Profile: Fran Sales
Asset management, CIO, cybersecurity, Cybersecurity legislation, Data privacy, Data protection, grc, Hackers, Identity theft, IT Governance, Privacy rights

Hackers may have found a way to commercialize their services as individuals begin to seek "hackers for hire" to carry out low-profile cyberintrusions. In other recent governance, risk and compliance (GRC) news, President Barack Obama has introduced proposals to strengthen companies' customer data...


January 7, 2015  7:52 PM

More U.S. firms look to hack back after Sony data breach

Fran Sales Fran Sales Profile: Fran Sales
CIO, Cyberattacks, cybersecurity, Data breach, FBI, grc, Hackers, Network Intrusion, Sony, Threat intelligence, Two factor authentication

Business cybersecurity -- or the lack thereof -- continued to make headlines in the past few weeks as more U.S. private-sector firms consider counteroffensive tactics against attackers. Also in cybersecurity news, North Korea slammed new U.S. sanctions in response to the Sony hack, and a new report...


December 23, 2014  3:49 PM

Obama plans response against North Korea for Sony Pictures hack

Fran Sales Fran Sales Profile: Fran Sales
backdoors, CIO, Cyberattacks, Cybercrime, cybersecurity, Hackers, Hacking, Information security, Microsoft, privacy, Sony

President Barack Obama declared that the U.S. government will respond to North Korea's actions after the FBI announced that the nation-state was behind last month's calamitous cyberattack against Sony Pictures. In other recent IT security and privacy news, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden introduced a bill...


December 11, 2014  6:31 PM

North Korea applauds Sony breach but denies responsibility

Fran Sales Fran Sales Profile: Fran Sales
CIO, Compliance, Cyberattacks, Cybercrime, cybersecurity, Data security breaches, grc, Hack, Information security, Startups

Sony is the latest big-name company to have its computer network hacked. Corporate information and entire films were leaked online in what some suspect is retaliation by the North Korean government. In other governance, risk and compliance (GRC) news, a growing number of U.S. law schools are...


November 25, 2014  6:31 PM

Apple’s consumer privacy practices in the government’s crosshairs

Fran Sales Fran Sales Profile: Fran Sales
Android, Apple, Apple iOS, CIO, Data privacy, Data-security, Encryption, FBI, health, personal data

As U.S. federal agencies put tech giants' data security practices under the microscope, consumer privacy issues are on everybody's minds. Also in privacy news: Two U.S. business alliances are pushing for greater data management transparency, and a new study shows that Americans remain suspicious of...


October 17, 2014  4:12 PM

JPMorgan Chase hackers compromised 13 other finance companies

Fran Sales Fran Sales Profile: Fran Sales
CIO, Customer data, Cyberattacks, Cybercrime, cybersecurity, Data privacy, Data security breaches, Financial firms, Financial industry, Google, Retail/point-of-sale applications, Search engines, Search Indexing

Online consumer security and privacy remains in the headlines as big-name companies continue to report cybersecurity breaches. Further investigations into the JPMorgan Chase cyberhack revealed that 13 other financial institutions' computers were also breached, while Dairy Queen and Kmart's in-store...


September 19, 2014  3:58 PM

Former staffers spill on Home Depot’s lacking customer data protection

Fran Sales Fran Sales Profile: Fran Sales
CIO, Compliance, Data breach, Data protection, Governance, regulatory compliance, SEC

Five former Home Depot employees claim the company lacked adequate customer data protection tools and that executives discouraged security system improvements that could have helped prevent the widespread hack of its payment systems earlier this month. Also in compliance and governance news this...


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