Numerous technology firms now offer facial biometrics recognition search tools for big data sets. But information security expert Alan Woodward warns that these big data sets must be "considered and regulated very heavily" or else we'll be "living in 1984 without knowing it."
When June arrives in the United Kingdom, that means it's time for the annual Infosecurity Europe conference in London. Here are visual highlights from this year's event, which featured 240 sessions, 400 exhibitors and an estimated 19,500 attendees.
The annual Infosecurity Europe conference returns to London this week, with a focus on the latest cybersecurity trends and essential practices for organizations. Hot topics range from artificial intelligence and breach response to GDPR and battling cybercriminals and nation-states.
To judge by the flood of GDPR-themed email hitting inboxes, Europe's privacy law has been designed to ensure that you say "yes" to companies that monetize the buying and selling of your personal details, regardless of whether you remember ever having done business with them before.
The Trump administration has eliminated the top cybersecurity coordinator role in the White House. The decision has earned a sharp rebuke from lawmakers and former government officials, who say cybersecurity demands a greater - not lesser - prominence in the federal government.
Chili's Grill & Bar is warning customers that an unknown number of payment cards were compromised at an unknown number of corporate-owned locations earlier this year for a period of time it suspects lasted two months. Should Chili's have waited to alert customers until it had more information?
Adequately tracking the nonstop arrival and departure of officials in the Trump White House might require real-time, multidimensional flowcharts. But one thing is clear: The White House is facing a looming cybersecurity knowledge and expertise deficit, and that deficit may soon get worse.
Spectre and Meltdown: It's déjà vu all over again as Intel is reportedly prepping a coordinated vulnerability disclosure announcement for eight new speculative execution flaws. One of the new flaws is apparently worse than any of the three Spectre/Meltdown variants that came to light in January.
What matters most, right now, to the information security community? At RSA 2018, RSA's president said WannaCry was a wakeup call for vulnerability and risk management. Other experts see artificial intelligence, machine learning and secure coding as hot trends.
The head of the NSA's Cybersecurity Threat Operations Center says attackers haven't bothered targeting unclassified U.S. Defense Department networks with a zero-day exploit in 24 months. Instead, they attempt to exploit flaws within 24 hours of information of the vulnerability or exploit going public.
Great news: "SunTrust to offer free identity protection ... at no cost on an ongoing basis." Of course, nothing comes for free, at least for 1.5 million customers of the Atlanta bank, whose personal details may have been sold to criminals by a former employee.
Panera Bread appears to have failed to fix a customer data leak for more than eight months after getting a heads-up from an independent security researcher. Here's what others should learn from the bakery café chain's mistakes.
Ecuador's embassy in London has again revoked internet access for seven-year houseguest Julian Assange, saying the WikiLeaks chief violated an agreement to not interfere in other countries' matters. WikiLeaks' star has continued to fall since it's been revealed to be an apparent Russian stooge.
The unfolding story of Cambridge Analytica, which shows how personal information on millions of consumers was obtained via Facebook, demonstrates the degree to which our personal data can be weaponized against us.
Is U.S. computer crime justice draconian? That's one obvious question following England's Court of Appeal ruling that suspected hacker Lauri Love would not be extradited to the United States, in part, because they said the U.S. justice system could not be trusted to treat Love humanely.