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Privacy specialist Andrew McDevitt of AvePoint explains why the global privacy community should rally around Data Privacy Day this January 28: to heighten public awareness of privacy concerns and promote strong data stewardship practices among individuals and businesses.
Private Wifi and the Identity Theft Resource Center have released a new infographic, "The Ultimate Guide to Staying Safe on Public Wifi", which offers insight into about the overall consumer privacy beliefs in WiFi hotspots.
Online shopping definitely has its perks: the ability to get all of your holiday shopping done with a click of the mouse or a swipe of your finger, skipping the long lines, and avoiding fights over parking spots. But online shopping also comes with risks like phishing attempts, malware and even identity theft.
David Dahl, director of development for the Crypton.io project at data encryption and storage service provider SpiderOak, provides the strategies he follows at home to maintain greater control over his online privacy.
This may be the most wonderful time of the year, but it's also a time of increased opportunity for cybercrime. Intel, McAfee and others joined STOP. THINK. CONNECT. to discuss how to protect our digital lives during holiday season, as we travel, shop online, and unwrap newly gifted devices.
"Smart companies - the ones that are looking not just one quarter from now or one year from now - are anticipating the rise of the New Privacy," writes Reputation.com's Leslie Hobbs. "So what should companies do to start down that path?"
One of my favorite NCSAM events was our STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Online Safety School Assembly, which took place at the Gertz-Ressler High School in Los Angeles during our Cyber Education and the Next Generation of Cyber Leaders-themed week.
Linnette Attai from iKeepSafe delves into the issue of how schools protect the student data they collect, and a new iKeepsafe resource, "Data Privacy and Schools: Outlining the Conversation." The paper is a launching pad for dialogue about how schools collect and manage student data, with the ultimate aim of easing the development of successful and compliant partnerships with third-party technology partners.
The open and increasingly social nature of the Internet offers big benefits, and big risks. Data Privacy Day hosted a Twitter chat Nov. 13 to talk about how you can share responsibly while protecting your personal information online. Guests included @STOPTHNKCONNECT, @iKeepSafe, and @Reputation_com.
"Sharing your personal data can very much color your reputation, especially online," says Leslie Hobbs of Reputation.com. "In fact, the two often go hand-in-hand so take a judicious approach to revealing your personal details. Here's how."
If you could ask a hacker how to protect yourself from his or her intrusions into your devices and data, what would you ask? McAfee's Taylor Tompkins details her first encounter with a white-hat hacker.
"As any business executive whose organization has been victimized by cyber wrongdoers knows, suffering from a cyber-attack of any significance can be frustrating at best, and devastating at worst," write Joseph V. DeMarco and Alexis Tandeau, partner and foreign legal intern, respectively, at DeVore & DeMarco LLP. "Tempting as it may be, however, under current law, 'hacking back' can cause substantial legal harm as well as reputational backlash when done without carrying out an extremely careful factual and legal analysis of the proposed activity."
"Privacy advocates, regulators and others raise worthwhile concerns about the growing Internet of Things," writes guest blogger Jason Meyer. "What happens when the data these devices capture about us misrepresents us or include errors that skew our profiles?"
There is probably no technology that has changed the way we stay connected more profoundly and completely than the rise of the mobile Internet. As we move forward with our education and awareness efforts to make Internet users – and by extension, the Internet as a whole – safer and more secure, we’re paying particular attention to the powerful computing devices that so many of us carry in our pockets.
Every year on or around January 28, companies, nonprofits, schools and government agencies celebrate Data Privacy Day (DPD) by educating employees, customers and constituents about privacy. I hope you'll join us in recognizing Data Privacy Day in 2014. Now is the time to start planning how to make the most of DPD and show your commitment to respecting privacy, safeguarding data and enabling trust.
Regardless of industry or sector, corporations and other organizations of all sizes must assess and mitigate risks associated with network vulnerabilities arising from cybercrime, cyber espionage or the inadvertent loss of data, says Joseph V. DeMarco, partner at DeVore & DeMarco LLP.
For the fifth and final #ChatSTC of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, STOP. THINK. CONNECT. convened public and private sector partners in securing our critical infrastructure to discuss these essential networks and how to protect them.
Tom Flynn, Vice President, Identity and Access Security, at Gemalto North America shares a new infographic naming the top five threats facing eBanking in the United States, but most importantly, the four tips the public should follow to thwart them.
In his opening keynote presentation at the Michigan Cyber Summit on Oct. 25, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder addressed one of the most pressing cybersecurity issues facing government and industry officials - how to enhance the coordinated sharing of information about known cyber threats, especially attacks that have resulted in actual disruption or data loss.
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