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Don’t be asleep at the wheel, Big Data privacy issues are critical for businesses and individuals to grasp

By now, you’ve probably heard the term “Big Data”, and may even be getting sick of hearing about it. Whether you’re new to it or not, it’s going to be around for a long time, and it’s going to have a big impact on your privacy. If you aren’t aware of how your data is...

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Attacks on prominent businesses show how industrial and economic spies are targeting and finding valuable intellectual property

While most of the cyber crime news stories focus on financial and personal information theft, there is clear evidence emerging that large-scale espionage is being conducted – either by nation-states or large industrial entities with lots of resources and patience....

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Three reasons you may need to throw away your Smart Devices

While I have been pointing out the risks of using Smart Devices and adopting the Internet of Things (IoT) over the past year, there has definitely been a gathering recognition among the security industry – and now the news media – about these risks. Certainly, the high profile outage of Twitter, Spotify, Pinterest, Google and Netflix last week focused attention on the security vulnerabilities within IoT devices. Now people are starting to realize the potentially scary scenarios that are just wait to happen thanks to the poor security around these devices.

It’s great that more people now share my concern, and many are trying to identify solutions. But here are my reasons why many of the devices you’ve already purchased may always be vulnerable – and you may need to throw them away to stay safe.

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Don’t take everything security experts say at face value, even me

TL:DR – Sometimes security people make sweeping statements without considering how they will be interpreted, or their effects on people in different stakeholder groups. We need to stop saying “Security education and studies are a waste of time” when we really mean, “Developers should do a better job of building security into their technologies”.

For as many years as I can remember, security professionals have been arguing about whether or not security awareness training has value. Even still, security experts feel that individual users or employees should not be required or counted on to learn about security threats and vulnerabilities. Their rationale seems to be that security technologies should really be able to compensate for vulnerabilities well enough that humans should not need to worry about the risks they face. In fact, Bruce Schneier one of the most respected security thought leaders, has taken this position more than once. But I’m not sure that making these kinds of statements is helpful to anyone, except perhaps developers of security products.

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Being proactive on employee vulnerabilities

In the past month or two, I've been learning a lot, through some of my business associates, about why employees might act against the interests of their employer. In a previous post, I highlighted some of the non-intuitive reasons employees might either become a...

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