The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report offers an analysis of the missteps that led to problems with the app used in this week's Democratic presidential caucuses in Iowa. Also featured: growing privacy concerns about facial recognition and business continuity tips for dealing with the coronavirus.
As former U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May famously declared: "Brexit means Brexit." But what Britain's exit from the EU means for the nation's data privacy rules and future EU-U.K. data flows remains to be seen, as the country navigates its post-Brexit transition period.
The coronavirus statistics are dizzying - as of Thursday, there were more than 28,000 infections and about 560 deaths. But the key stat to watch is the mortality rate, currently 2 percent, says pandemic expert Regina Phelps. How that number changes will dictate how business continuity leaders must respond.
Facebook scientists have proposed using "radioactive data" watermarks to identify when online images get used to train neural networks. The proposal appears to be aimed at the rise of big data startups, such as Clearview AI, that are scraping publicly available photographs to create facial recognition tools.
Ireland's Data Protection Commission is launching an investigation into how Google uses customer data for its location services after the privacy watchdog received numerous complaints from consumer rights organizations across the European Union.
A Texas orthopedic practice says a recent malware attack "permanently damaged" thousands of electronic patient records. It's the latest in a string of healthcare incidents in which various forms of malware rendered records inaccessible.
Australian transportation and logistics firm Toll Group has confirmed that it sustained a ransomware attack earlier this month that has forced the company to shut down several of its systems and led to delays in deliveries.
If Iowa's experiment with a new tabulation app during the Democratic caucuses is the warmup for the 2020 presidential election process, then we're in for a bumpy ride. But what happened there isn't a technology problem. It's a human problem rooted in a failure to properly evaluate risk.
British leaders' failure to more quickly choose and pursue a specific path for the nation's 5G rollout meant that ultimately, the decision got made for them, despite many security concerns persisting over the use of Chinese-built telecommunications gear.
The intellectual property, including research results, of biotechnology companies and other medical organizations is increasingly a target for hackers, who sometimes dump data on hacker forums or public websites. That's why breach detection and prevention is even more critical.
More bad news for ransomware victims: Anyone hit with crypto-locking DoppelPaymer malware now faces the prospect of having their personal data dumped on a darknet site unless they pay a ransom. The gang's move follows in the footsteps of Maze, Sodinokibi (aka REvil) and Nemty ransomware operators.
The European Union appears to be moving toward dropping a temporary ban on the use of facial recognition technology in public places, according to news reports. Some technology experts had argued that a temporary ban would be impractical and ineffective in preventing abuse.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology has unveiled a pair of draft practice guidelines that offer updated advice and best practices on how to protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of data in light of increasing threats from ransomware and other large-scale cyber events.
A Federal Communications Commission investigation found that one or more U.S. wireless carriers violated federal law by selling consumer location data to third parties, according to a letter FCC Chairman Ajit Pai sent to congressional lawmakers.