Archive for August, 2014

Are Consumers Getting the Message? The Impact of Privacy Education and Awareness–A Study of Consumer Behavior.

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As privacy and information security become mainstream concerns, a number of organizations have focused on educating consumers about steps they can take to help protect themselves and their privacy.  The Lares Institute has recently completed a cutting-edge research project that is aimed at measuring whether consumers are getting the message.

What Can Consumers Do to Protect Themselves?

According to the FTC, there are a number of steps people can take, including four key steps that an individual can take to protect themselves:

C.I.A. Senate Spying Confirmed—The Potential Impact on Government Trust.

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Despite previous denials, an internal investigation by the C.I.A. revealed that it had in fact spied on Senate Staffers who were preparing a report on the C.I.A.’s detention and interrogation program.  The political fall-out has just begun, with Senators from both parties calling for consequences, and accountability. Accountability boards will likely be formed, and the potential consequences to those involved, as well as the political consequences, could be serious, but there are other issues to consider as well, including how ...

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Serwin and Plesco Present on Cybersecurity and Boards of Directors

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On July 30, 2014, Executive Director Andrew Serwin and Advisory Board Member Ron Plesco, along with Shaygan Kheradpir, Chief Executive Officer, Juniper Networks,  presented at the Corporate Directors Forum on a panel entitled “Secrets of the Hacker Underground: What Directors NEED to Know about Cybercrime.”  The panel covered a number of topics, including: what the emerging threats are; how companies, and Boards, can begin to assess and react to these emerging issues; as well as best practice recommendations.

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Serwin Presents on FTC Enforcement in the Health Arena–Talks About New Risks for Companies.

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Executive Director Andrew Serwin recently presented on FTC enforcement, including in the health care arena, as part of a panel entitled “HIPAA Privacy Update-Best Practices and Pitfalls, Privacy Investigation,” at the 2014 Western Benefits Conference in Las Vegas.  According to Serwin, the FTC has been increasing its focus on health data for all types of companies.  As a result, companies should make sure their practices are complaint with both HIPAA, as well as other requirements, particularly when they are using ...

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Serwin Presents at Visa Symposium–Offers Best Practice Recommendations.

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On July 23, Executive Director Andrew Serwin presented at the Visa Payment System Symposium on the topic of “Approaching the Intersection of Cybersecurity & Privacy”.  The topics discussed included: how privacy can impact the bottom line; tips for understanding the global impact of privacy and cybersecurity, as well as bench marking data regarding privacy and security.

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Serwin Presents at Stanford E-Commerce 2014 Event

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On June 16, 2014, Executive Director Andrew Serwin spoke on a panel at the 11th Annual Stanford E-Commerce Best Practices Conference on emerging issues on data collection and retention, including on the global impact of these issues.  A link to a video of the panel can be found here.

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DHS Issues Alert on New, Undetectable, POS Malware.

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By Andrew Serwin and Ron Plesco.

There is a new piece of malware that has come to the attention of the Department of Homeland Security, and companies should be aware of this, as it is apparently not readily detectable by anti-virus software.  DHS recently released an alert regarding a new piece of malware, known as “Backoff”, which apparently compromises Point-of-Sale systems.  According to DHS, the malware has the capability to:

  • Scrape memory for track data;
  • Log key strokes;
  • Command and control (C2) communication; and
  • Inject ...

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