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Legislators block California data protection expansion

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California lawmakers Thursday blocked expansion of data privacy law handing a victory to the tech industry collection, storage and use of consumer information. The proposed expansion would have given customers the right to know what data companies were collecting from them as well as the right to delete and restrict the sell of information. The…

No, VPNs Aren’t Dead — They’re More Essential Than Ever

A few weeks ago, a particular SC Media Executive Insight claimed it’s time to say good-bye to VPNs. Among other things, the writer claimed that application access was more effective, and that zero trust architecture is an essential ‘alternate model’ for access. While I agree with Mr. Sullivan that application access and zero trust architecture…

Federal bill to curtail CBP PII reveals, Illinois tackles digital assistant eavesdropping

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A bipartisan group of Senators plan to introduce a bill that would stop U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) from selling the PII of citizens who move out of the country. The bill, sponsored by Senators Steve Daines, R-Mont., and Gary Peters, D-Mich., addresses a loophole that allows CBP to sell certain pieces of personal…

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World Password Day: Are we in the Last Days?

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As authentication methods improve and companies like Microsoft declare the end of the password era is here, some cybersecurity experts argue this may be one of the last Global Password days to be held. Microsoft Security Corporate Vice President Rob Lefferts last year said his company is delivering new support for password-less sign-in to Azure…

Privacy legislation: E pluribus unum

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In the last several months, a series of tech company executives have sat before Senate and House panels, peppered with questions, smart ones at that, about how their companies protect data. Imagine that, Congress asking prescient questions about a tech-related subject. The hearings held on Capitol Hill marked a turning point of sorts – lawmakers…

Privacy sheriffs – CPOs saddle up to protect information assets

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Much like in the Old West when the town sheriff and a few deputies did their best to keep the local citizens safe from the black-hatted bad guys who inhabited the surrounding empty land, today’s chief privacy officer (CPO) must keep data locked down at companies, organizations or government entities and beyond the reach of…

Is blockchain-based security finally here?

Infosec pros impatiently waiting for viable blockchain solutions want to know: Are we there yet? If CISOs and security engineers sound like impatient kids in the back seat of the car on long road trip, it’s not surprising. The decade-long boom in bitcoin and its rival cryptocurrencies have made the underlying technology–blockchain – increasingly attractive…

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Privacy – It’s everyone’s responsibility

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Privacy. The word takes on different meanings depending on the person to with whom you’re speaking. Given our ever intense usage of social media or our increasing willingness to offer personal details in exchange for rewards and discounts or to download some hip, free app, the meaning has generally changed over the last several years.…

From paper compliance to operational compliance

Financial services firms must prepare for the California Consumer Privacy Act, says Alex Scheinman. Data privacy has become an overarching issue top of mind to organizations across industries and geographies over the past several years. It affects every business function in an organization, from the IT department to compliance to marketing to HR, and has…

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