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Monthly Archives: January 2018

  • January 31, 2018 , Written by Ramona Carr

    The Equifax Data Breach Update: Where Are We Now?

    Dan Goodin, security editor for tech news website Ars Technica, has called the Equifax data breach "possibly the worst leak of personal information ever." The breach exposed private information of an estimated 143 million Americans. Yet despite making international headlines in September, the Equifax data breach has largely disappeared from public view. It has resurfaced in the news only a few times since then. Here’s a recap of the incident, as well as an Equifax update on how the c ...

  • January 23, 2018 , Written by Ramona Carr

    What is GDPR?

    If you've been keeping up with information protection and privacy news, you've likely wondered what exactly this “GDPR thing” is all about. GDPR is short for the General Data Protection Regulation, and it's scheduled to come into force on May 25, 2018. The GDPR is a set of regulations that aim to strengthen and unify data protection rules for individuals within the European Union, both citizens and residents. However, the GDPR applies to all companies that do business with (and use personal data from) the EU. That includes a large proportion of enterprise companies headquartered in the US, Canada, China, Japan, and other non-EU countries. Whether you're j ...

  • January 19, 2018 , Written by Ramona Carr

    What the Retail Industry Needs to Know About PCI Compliance

    As a retailer, protecting your customers' sensitive information is your most important obligation. With news of devastating data breaches constantly in the headlines, you need to take steps to ensure that credit and debit card information is always stored, processed and transmitted securely. The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is an information security standard for organizations that handle credit cards. The first version of PCI DSS was released in 2004, with the most recent update to the standards arriving in April 2016. PCI standards wer ...

  • January 11, 2018 , Written by Ramona Carr

    The Rise of Education Data Breaches

    Schools are valuable because of the knowledge they can provide. To hackers, schools are valuable because of the data they can provide. That data — not just student grades, but student and employee Social Security numbers, employee bank account numbers, and other personally identifiable information — makes educational institutions the third most frequent target of hackers, just after healthcare and financial services. A Growing Risk of Breaches The frequency of attacks and the scope of losses is increa ...

  • January 5, 2018 , Written by Ramona Carr

    Is GDPR the Y2K of 2018?

    As the year 2000 approached, people across the globe prepared for the end of the world. Even Time Magazine ran a cover story on the Y2K (Year 2000) bug and the fate of the earth. Around the world, programmers worked extra hours patching applications that had used only two digits to represent the year. The public feared that when 2000 rolled around, computers would shut down, elevators would plummet in their shafts, and planes would fall out of the sky. People stocked up on Spam and holed up in bunkers. Fortunately, the predictions of disaster were wrong. S ...

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