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Commerce imposes prohibitions on TikTok, WeChat

After previously expressing support for Oracle’s planned partnering with TikTok, the Trump administration took a step back from the deal Friday with the Commerce Department putting prohibitions on transactions related to the video-sharing platform and, separately, on the mobile communications app WeChat, both owned by Chinese companies. President Trump had said at a Wednesday news…

Oracle will inherit TikTok security, privacy headaches

By partnering with the popular Chinese videosharing platform TikTok, Oracle will inherit a laundry list of security and privacy issues once the deal is approved, as soon as Sept. 20, by TikTok parent company ByteDance. TikTok boasts 100 million users in the U.S. and 689 million globally. Earlier this year President Trump threatened to ban…

Former DoD CSO: The West must lead

As the developing world follows in the steps of the West and begins entering an age of saturated connectivity, it’s important for people in leadership positions to set the tone for a culture of cybersecurity, said former chief security officer for the Department of Defense Jonathan Reiber on Thursday. And considering the United States has…

How to train your team on data privacy.

Phishing campaign spoofs security awareness training notifications

That anti-phishing training email your employees just received may, ironically, actually be a phishing email, according to cyber threat analysts who recently uncovered a security awareness-themed online social engineering campaign. In a blog post on Wednesday, experts at Cofense reported on a phishing campaign that sends emails purporting to be a notification urging employees to…

All eyes on VA security measures after compromise of 46,000 accounts

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disclosure that the information of 46,000 U.S. service people recently was breached through an apparent social engineering scheme underscores the need for government vigilance even when a significant investment has been made in state-of-the-art protection. Security experts said the relatively low number of impacted accounts – in comparison…

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