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Why Threat Actors Are Increasingly Conducting Cyberattacks on Local Government

Cyberattacks on local government in the U.S. have increased dramatically over the last several years. In 2019 alone, ransomware affected more than 100 state and local governments, according to Recorded Future — and that’s just one threat vector. Municipalities are also at risk from insider threats, coordinated attacks and other perils. What is it about
Publish At:2020-02-17 18:22 | Read:136 | Comments:0 | Tags:Government Credit Card Data Cyberattacks Data Breaches Data

WhatsApp Defends Encryption as It Tops 2 Billion Users

The Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp said Wednesday it now has more than two billion users around the world as it reaffirmed its commitment to strong encryption to protect privacy.WhatsApp, acquired by Facebook in 2014, has grown into one of the most widely used services in the Facebook "family" of apps, offering free messaging along with voice and
Publish At:2020-02-15 16:12 | Read:128 | Comments:0 | Tags:Mobile Security NEWS & INDUSTRY Privacy Data Protection

Microsoft Brings Safe Documents, Application Guard to More 365 ProPlus Users

Microsoft this week announced that Safe Documents and Application Guard, two security capabilities introduced last fall, are now available to more of its Office 365 ProPlus customers.Initially detailed at the Ignite 2019 conference in early November, the two features are meant to improve both security and productivity and are rooted in a seamless integration
Publish At:2020-02-15 16:11 | Read:66 | Comments:0 | Tags:NEWS & INDUSTRY Application Security Risk Management Clo

Twitter, Facebook Fined for Not Moving User Data to Russia

A court in Moscow fined Twitter and Facebook 4 million rubles each Thursday for refusing to store the personal data of Russian citizens on servers in Russia, the largest penalties imposed on Western technology companies under internet use laws.The fines of nearly $63,000 are the first five-figure fines levied on tech companies since Russia adopted a flurry o
Publish At:2020-02-15 16:11 | Read:110 | Comments:0 | Tags:NEWS & INDUSTRY Compliance Data Protection Privacy &

Facebook Spars With EU Regulator Over Dating App Delay

Facebook and its Irish data regulator gave conflicting signals Thursday about what caused the tech giant to postpone the European launch of its vaunted dating app.The California-based behemoth stood up a chunk of its 2.5 billion monthly users on the eve of Valentines Day by admitting that Facebook Dating would not be ready for its hyped Thursday debut in the
Publish At:2020-02-15 16:11 | Read:44 | Comments:0 | Tags:NEWS & INDUSTRY Privacy Compliance Data Protection Priva

Over 15.1 Billion Records Exposed in Data Breaches in 2019

More than 15.1 billion records were exposed in 2019 as part of the data breaches that were publicly reported, Risk Based Security reveals.The number of exposed records registered a massive 284% spike compared to the previous year (which had 5.3 billion records exposed), and also marked a 91% increase compared to 2017 (7.95 billion records).A total of 7.2 bil
Publish At:2020-02-12 13:03 | Read:207 | Comments:0 | Tags:NEWS & INDUSTRY Privacy Data Protection Privacy & Co

3 Trends in Data Privacy Breach Laws That Will Carry Over to 2020

During 2019, new privacy laws were introduced, and many current laws evolved in the United States and across the global landscape. With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in full effect, we saw expensive fines levied upon companies that fell victim to data privacy breaches. As we move into a new year, probably the biggest takeaway from 2019 is tha
Publish At:2020-02-12 10:40 | Read:191 | Comments:0 | Tags:Data Protection Government Automation Compliance Data Breach

Cybersecurity and data protection in 2019: the BH Consulting year in review (part 1)

It’s that time of year again, where we look back at, and reflect on, the previous 12 months. In that spirit, here’s the BH Consulting review of 2019. The roundup we present is our take on cybersecurity, data protection and privacy issues.  As regular readers will know, we don’t aim to be a website of record when it comes to chronicling the latest malware out
Publish At:2020-02-12 07:25 | Read:168 | Comments:0 | Tags:Cybersecurity Data Protection

We are hiring – Data Protection Consultant

Due to market growth and continued expansion, BH Consulting is looking to augment its growing DPO-as-a-service team by hiring a new Data Protection Consultant. The candidate is passionate about data protection and is keen to demonstrate this. The candidate has at least 5 years experience in data protection or IT data project management, and is likely to be c
Publish At:2020-02-12 07:25 | Read:98 | Comments:0 | Tags:Data Protection Information Security Standards

Cybersecurity and data protection in 2019: the BH Consulting year in review (part 2)

Security is a busy field, and 2019 was no exception. Following last week’s blog looking back at the first six months of the year, here’s the second part covering cybersecurity, data protection and privacy stories that emerged between July and December.  July Summertime and the living wasn’t easy if your company was called BA or Marriott. The UK Information C
Publish At:2020-02-12 07:25 | Read:56 | Comments:0 | Tags:Cybersecurity Data Protection Information Security Standards

Absent incident response spells trouble for Travelex

In an ideal world, humans would only ever learn from doing things right, but failure is a persistent teacher. That’s why for every Norsk Hydro or Maersk competently and professionally handling major security incidents, there’s also a Travelex. In this blog, we dig into why the world’s largest foreign exchange company has become the latest cyber scapegoat. We
Publish At:2020-02-12 07:25 | Read:138 | Comments:0 | Tags:Cybersecurity Data Protection

Beauty and the Breach: Estée Lauder Exposes 440 Million Records in Unprotected Database

Cosmetic company Estée Lauder exposed 440 million records to the Internet in a database that was left accessible without proper protection, a security researcher says.Headquartered in New York, Estée Lauder sells products in more than 135 countries and territories. The Estée Lauder Companies owns multiple internationally renowned brands. The exposed dat
Publish At:2020-02-11 18:48 | Read:99 | Comments:0 | Tags:NEWS & INDUSTRY Incident Response Data Protection

Firefox 74 Will Disable TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 by Default

Beginning March, when Firefox 74 is set to arrive in the release channel, Mozilla will disable older Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol versions as default options for secure connections.An improvement over the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol, TLS is meant to improve the security of the Web, but flaws and weaknesses in older iterations, specifically
Publish At:2020-02-11 11:26 | Read:162 | Comments:0 | Tags:NEWS & INDUSTRY Security Architecture Data Protection Ma

Israel's Likud Party Exposed Details of Over 6 Million Voters

An election application used by Israel’s Likud party has exposed the personal information of over 6 million voters.Likud, the party of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has contracted a company named Feed-b to create an election management system called Elector, which has been advertised as highly secure.Developer and journalist Ran Bar-Zik discover
Publish At:2020-02-10 09:36 | Read:107 | Comments:0 | Tags:NEWS & INDUSTRY Identity & Access Vulnerabilities Da

Why 2020 Will Be the Year Artificial Intelligence Stops Being Optional for Security

Artificial intelligence (AI) isn’t new. What is new is the growing ubiquity of AI in large organizations. In fact, by the end of this year, I believe nearly every type of large organization will find AI-based cybersecurity tools indispensable. Artificial intelligence is many things to many people. One fairly neutral definition is that it’s a bran
Publish At:2020-02-09 10:30 | Read:168 | Comments:0 | Tags:Artificial Intelligence Data Protection Identity & Access di

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