Dispatch from OURSA: The need for diversity in design

(Apr 18, 2018) The RSA security conference made news recently after some high profile folks on Twitter pointed out that, of the nearly two dozen keynote speakers lined up for the event — perhaps the biggest security conference in the world — only one was female. It's no secret that the security industry has a male-biased history, but instead of just complaining about it, the OUR Security Advocates Conference was born. This one-day, alternative conference featured a slew of leading female and minority informati... Read More

OURSA conference signals need for diversity in privacy, security design

(Apr 18, 2018) The RSA Security conference made news recently after some high profile folks on Twitter pointed out that, of the nearly two dozen keynote speakers lined up for the event — perhaps the most prominent conference in the world — only one was female. It's no secret that the security industry has a male-biased history, but instead of just complaining about it, Access Now's Amie Stepanovich and Facebook Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos, among others, worked on a solution: A one-day, alternative confe... Read More

Clyburn to step down from FCC

(Apr 18, 2018) Commissioner Mignon Clyburn announced she will be stepping down from her position at the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, Politico reports. Clyburn made the announcement during an FCC meeting, saying she will leave the agency before its next scheduled meeting May 10. Clyburn was appointed to the FCC in 2009 by President Barack Obama and helped passed the net neutrality rules in 2015. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has recommended FCC Enforcement Bureau Assistant Chief Geoffrey Starks to take... Read More

BigID named 'Most Innovative Startup' at RSA

(Apr 18, 2018) Announced at the RSA Conference, BigID was named the “Most Innovative Startup” at the RSAC Innovation Sandbox Contest, Business Wire reports. The contest brings out cybersecurity companies who demonstrate groundbreaking research and innovation. Dimitri Sirota, BigID CEO, said of the recognition, “We’re honored to have been considered against this group of fantastic companies and thrilled to accept this award,” adding, “We believe that privacy is a defining 21st century problem that all companies... Read More

McSweeny to leave FTC April 27

(Apr 17, 2018) Commissioner Terrell McSweeny announced she will be stepping down from her position within the U.S. Federal Trade Commission April 27. “We agreed that a strong FTC is vital to protecting consumers in the digital age,” McSweeny said in a statement. “I hope future commissions will build on this work, expand the FTC’s use of cutting-edge research and technological expertise, and protect the agency’s independence.” McSweeny has been with the FTC since she was appointed by President Barack Obama Apri... Read More

How Lea Kissner ensures user privacy at Google

(Apr 17, 2018) Lea Kissner, Google’s principal engineer and head of the company’s Nightwatch division, is profiled in an article for Gizmodo. Tasked with ensuring Google products protect the privacy of their users, Kissner heads a team of 90 employees in charge of reviewing potential privacy flaws. Speaking on the diversity of her team, Kissner said, “I think it’s incredibly important to have a lot of different ideas when you are designing security and privacy,” adding, “You are taking care of the incredibly d... Read More

White House cybersecurity coordinator to return to NSA

(Apr 17, 2018) Following the appointment of John Bolton as the Trump administration's new national security advisor, a White House official confirmed that White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Rob Joyce will leave his position and return to the National Security Agency, Reuters reports. Joyce, who is reported to be leaving of his own volition, is expected to continue in his current role for approximately 30 days, when Bolton will be tasked with finding a replacement. Robert Lee, former U.S. intelligence office... Read More

Cranor discusses growing privacy engineering field

(Apr 16, 2018) During the IAPP Global Privacy Summit 2018, IAPP Content Director Sam Pfeifle spoke with Carnegie Mellon University FORE System Professor of Computer Science, Engineering and Public Policy Lorrie Cranor, CIPT, about the growing field of privacy engineering. Cranor discusses her program’s efforts in training privacy engineers, the challenges in recruiting potential privacy professionals to the burgeoning field, and how the industry is rallying to bring candidates to the privacy engineering cause.... Read More

Notes from the IAPP Publications Editor, April 13, 2018

(Apr 13, 2018) Greetings from Portsmouth, NH! I write to you on this Friday the 13th after yet another crazy week in privacy news. Of course, much of the media's focus this week has been on the two-day testimony by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Capitol Hill. On day one, our own Angelique Carson was on hand to document the super long lines and the relevant takeaways for privacy pros. If you need to catch up, be sure to check it out.  Over the years, I've covered dozens of congressional hearings, and for any... Read More

Indiana attorney general talks black market, breaches and 2018 priorities

(Apr 13, 2018) Curtis Hill was sworn into office in January 2017 as the 43rd attorney general of Indiana. During his time as attorney general, he has prioritized rolling back federal overreach and safeguarding consumers from fraud and scams, along with continuing to take a hard line on crime. As a relatively new attorney general, he has taken the opportunity to set the tone in his state on data privacy and security enforcement. In this exclusive with The Privacy Advisor, he talks with Divonne Smoyer, CIPP/US, ... Read More