Survey: 91 percent of Americans feel responsible to secure data

(Feb 22, 2019) A survey conducted by Rivetz found the majority of U.S. citizens believe it is their responsibility to keep their data secure. Rivetz polled 1,000 Americans and found 91 percent said it is their duty to protect their information. More than 90 percent said it would be important to locate a lost phone to ensure someone does not access any content on the device. When asked about internet-of-things devices, Generation X and baby-boomer respondents were twice as likely to say it is important for IoT ... Read More

Cisco opens two centers in Singapore

(Feb 21, 2019) Cisco launched two centers in Singapore designed to foster digital innovation and development with Singapore’s Digital Economy Framework for Action, Fintechnews reports. The Co-Innovation Center is Cisco’s first in Southeast Asia and will bring together key stakeholders to work on issues unique to the region with a focus on cybersecurity and the internet of things, while the Cybersecurity Center of Excellence will focus on expanding the company’s threat intelligence research and incident respons... Read More

Zuckerberg discusses Facebook's status as 'information fiduciary'

(Feb 21, 2019) Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg discussed encryption, targeted advertisements and “information fiduciaries” with Harvard Law School Professor Jonathan Zittrain, Harvard Law Today reports. Zittrain asked whether Facebook should be an “information fiduciary,” a concept where a company puts its users’ interests in front of profits when it handles data. “The idea of us having a fiduciary relationship with the people who use our services is intuitive,” Zuckerberg said. The Facebook CEO supported more en... Read More

Blockchain may be more vulnerable than previously thought

(Feb 20, 2019) An article for the MIT Technology Review looks at the vulnerability of blockchain technology, noting that while it was once revered as impenetrable to hacking, the explosion of the industry has shown otherwise. The article notes that the flip side to the technology’s unique security features is unique vulnerabilities. While vulnerabilities can exist from a development perspective, the article highlights that in other instances, it stems from “more of a gray area — the complicated result of inter... Read More

Nest forces users to update passwords

(Feb 19, 2019) Smart-home company Nest has begun proactively locking users out of accounts if it believes a password has been compromised, The Verge reports. The move follows reports of strangers hacking security cameras and forces users to follow the company’s recommendation of updating passwords in the wake of a breach. Until a user updates their password, the company will not send mobile notifications. Nest’s parent company, Google, said it plans to use the tactic on an ongoing basis.Full Story... Read More

Marriott service allows users to check if they are data breach victims

(Feb 19, 2019) Marriott has released a tool to help individuals discover whether they were victims of the hotel chain’s data breach, TechCrunch reports. The tool, which is hosted by OneTrust, also will determine whether a person’s passport numbers were stolen in the incident. Marriott has not announced how long it will take to answer each request. Meanwhile, a report from Risk Based Security found about 5 billion records were stolen around the world in 2018, down from 7.9 billion in 2017. ZDNet also reports on... Read More

Perspective: Majority of companies recognize privacy investments are beneficial

(Feb 19, 2019) "Nearly all organizations worldwide are now recognizing that privacy investment is translating into upside business benefits," writes Robert Waitman, CIPP/US, a director in Cisco's privacy office. "Organizations that have invested to get ready for the EU General Data Protection Regulation are experiencing fewer and less costly data breaches. And they are seeing less sales friction due to customers’ privacy concerns." His comments are based on a recently released Cisco 2019 Data Privacy Benchmark... Read More

Companies worldwide recognize business benefits of privacy

(Feb 19, 2019) Nearly all organizations worldwide are now recognizing that privacy investment is translating into upside business benefits. Organizations that have invested to get ready for the EU General Data Protection Regulation are experiencing fewer and less costly data breaches. And they are seeing less sales friction due to customers’ privacy concerns.   These are some of the findings from the recently released Cisco 2019 Data Privacy Benchmark Study, which draws on data from a double-blind survey of m... Read More

Wendy's to pay $50M to settle data breach lawsuit

(Feb 15, 2019) Reuters reports Wendy’s has agreed to pay $50 million to resolve a lawsuit tied to its 2015 data breach. The lawsuit was brought forward by financial institutions that allege the restaurant chain’s negligence allowed malicious actors to steal payment card information. The $50 million settlement will be distributed to 7,500 banks and credit unions that had to issue 18 million payment cards compromised in the incident. The settlement will be finalized after it receives court approval.Full Story... Read More

EFF puts a spotlight on apps' 'dark patterns'

(Feb 15, 2019) The Electronic Frontier Foundation looks at the tactics tech companies use to encourage users to consent to more data collection. “Dark patterns” are techniques where tech companies will use visual indicators to highlight different app functionalities. Apps may have a button that allows it to connect with another service placed in a bright box to entice users to agree. The flipside of this is “opinionated design,” which warns users about potential online dangers, such as when an app warns a conn... Read More