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NEWS THIS WEEK: Google resists Europe’s privacy rules; Ashley Madison pays $11 million to settle privacy breach suit; hacker grabs control of Segway scooter

By Byron V. Acohido In the news this week, Europe’s “right to be forgotten” ruling, which allows private citizens in the region to make requests that search engines delist incorrect, irrelevant or out of date information returned by an online search for their full name, is set to return to the region’s top court to […]

GUEST ESSAY: Why neutralizing insider threats should be a much higher priority

By Thomas Jones, systems engineer, Bay Dynamics As we have seen in the headlines, insider threats are a constant challenge for government agencies. But the problem comes with one silver lining. Each time a successful insider threat strikes, it pushes agencies to bolster their cybersecurity programs. The National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM) Change […]

GUEST ESSAY: What you should know about how ‘unstructured data’ exposes your operations

By Erik Brown, CTO at GigaTrust Recent high-profile photo hacks have made headlines. In March, internet hackers targeted celebrities including Miley Cyrus, Emma Watson and Amanda Seyfried, among others, resulting in the leak of intimate photos that were posted on sites such as 4chan and Reddit. Similarly, back in 2014 hacker Ryan Collins exposed nude photos and […]

GUEST ESSAY: 5 things your company can do to prepare for Europe’s tougher data privacy rules

By Peter Beshar, general counsel and EVP at Marsh McLennan Cos. The countdown has begun. In less than a year, tough new rules on data protection will come into effect for the European Union. For the first time, companies will be required to notify regulatory authorities, and potentially consumers, in the event of a significant […]

GUEST ESSAY: 6 steps to take to avoid pain and suffering of a healthcare systems breach

By Sameer Dixit, senior direct at Spirent Researchers agree—health care is now one of the top three targets for cyber attackers. No matter what type of health care facility you work in—a large research hospital, clinic, regional medical center, health insurance company, or a company that provides business or clinical services for health care—the data […]

GUEST ESSAY: Here’s how to fix what’s wrong with your employee security training

By Marie White, CEO of Security Mentor More than ever, chief security officers are being held accountable for keeping their business safe. Phishing attacks, data breaches, ransomware and the ever-increasing access by employees to technology and data are driving this accountability. But there’s only so much that technology solutions can do to protect against threats. […]

In the news: intel confirms Russians executed cyber attacks on election systems, officials

(News reports aggregated by Byron Acohido) Russian military intelligence executed a cyber attack on at least one U.S. voting software supplier and sent spear-phishing emails to more than 100 local election officials just days before last November’s presidential election, according to an intelligence report. The top-secret National Security Agency document analyzes intelligence very recently acquired by the […]