Ensuring that our valuable biometric information is protected is worth more than a $550 million settlement. On January 29, Facebook agreed to a $550 million settlement of a class-action suit based on violations of Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). The settlement will compensate Facebook users in Illinois for Facebook’s use of facial recognition technology,
Traditionally, the worlds of IT (the hoodie) and OT (the hard hat) have been separate. That must change. For nearly 30 years, operational technology (OT) in industrial facilities was considered relatively safe from outside hacking risk. The so-called air gap between IT and OT, paired with the heavy use of proprietary industrial control systems, created
Students continue to be weak links for schools and universities, according to data from security firm Malwarebytes. The education sector continues to suffer from malware because of tight budgets, a shortfall in necessary security workers, and a lack of security awareness among students, according to new analysis published by security firm Malwarebytes. Schools and universities
The sooner we give mindsets and tool sets equal bearing, the better. We must put SOC team members through rigorous training for emergency situations. I spend a lot of time with security operations center (SOC) and incident response teams — functions that have been hit particularly hard by the cybersecurity talent shortage. As I witness my
Why is cybersecurity so hard? We’ve all seen the stats on cybercrime, and the numbers keep ticking upward. More attacks, more data breaches, more business disruption. Organizations are spending hundreds of billions of dollars in cybersecurity, and the problem is getting worse. But still, the good guys keep pushing ahead. I’ve been in cybersecurity for
For Data Privacy Day, let’s commit to a culture of privacy by design, nurtured by a knowledgeable team that can execute an effective operational compliance program.
This past May, you heard an awful lot about the GDPR, which is short for the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation. For one brief, shining moment, the GDPR
In the good old days, incinerating backup tapes or shredding a few hard drives would have solved the problem. Today, we have a bigger challenge. Over the last decade we meticulously taught ourselves how to collect, store, and process big data. Now, the next challenge is to get rid of this data. The General Data