January Recap: Ramping Up For The New Year

By | February 6th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Cyber Security Took Center Stage in the State of the Union Address
On January 20, President Obama delivered his annual State of the Union Address and this year cyber security was a major focus. President Obama detailed his plans for increasing online security, electronic privacy and the prevention of identity theft for the American people. Check out our blog post on the topic.

Data Privacy Day
On January 28, companies and organizations around the world celebrated the eighth annual Data Privacy Day – an initiative to help spread best practices from the National Cyber Security Alliance and StaySafeOnline.org. The day was filled with engaging Twitter chats, webinars and live events that dove into the biggest trends and challenges in cyber security today, providing interesting online conversations throughout the entire week.

Identity Theft Awareness Week
The last week of January was a busy one with Identity Theft Awareness Week, sponsored by the FTC. During the week, we joined in on the #IDTheftChat, where users shared tips on how to safeguard their information from some of the most common forms of identity theft.

Countdown to SXSW Interactive
It’s hard to believe SXSW is just around the corner! And, we have been busy ramping up for our three sessions. Below you will find more information on where you can find each of CSID’s sessions at SXSW:

SXSWiHacker to InfoSec Pro: New Rock Star Generation
Sunday, March 15
11:00am – 12:00pm
JW Marriot
Salon 8
110 E 2nd St

Follow the Money: Cyber Crime and the Black Market
Tuesday, March 17
12:30pm – 1:30pm
JW Marriot
Salon 4
110 E 2nd St

Wi-Fi Privacy: When Sniffing Becomes Snooping
Friday, March 13
5:30pm – 5:45pm
Austin Convention Center
Ballroom C
500 E Cesar Chavez St.

Joe Ross’s column on Huffington Post
Massive point-of-sale breaches seemed to dominate the news in 2014. CSID’s president Joe Ross weighed in with his insights on what new EMV legislation may mean for the security of merchants and consumers in his latest article on the Huffington Post: “POS Breaches in 2015: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.”

With so many exciting initiatives this past month on increasing cyber security awareness and education, we look forward to what the rest of 2015 will bring. What do you think will be the biggest areas of focus this year? Share your answers with us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

The Implications of Sharing Personal Data

By | January 28th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Data Privacy DayDid you know that privacy policies do not guarantee that your information will be kept private? Most companies use privacy policies to inform customers about how their personal information may be used, i.e. sold, shared, exchanged, not necessarily guaranteeing absolute confidentiality. In today’s increasingly digital world where exchanging personal information – your name, email address, home address, etc. – for access to websites, coupons and the like has become the norm. And, it can be difficult for consumers to understand the value of their personal information.

Today is the eighth annual Data Privacy Day, an international awareness effort spearheaded by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) that encourages all Internet users to consider the privacy implications of their online actions and motivate all companies to make privacy and data protection a greater priority. Since most consumers aren’t fully aware of the implications of sharing personal information, we’re taking a deeper look at what can happen when personal information is shared online.

Companies that collect don’t always protect
When you share personal information with a company online, that company is responsible for protecting your information. Even data that is seemingly harmless is extremely valuable to cyber criminals, like your email address or your mother’s maiden name for a password reset. When you share this valuable, personal information with a company online be sure to read the company’s privacy policy fine print in order to be certain that your information is not being shared publicly or with outside companies. In some instances, even reading the company’s fine print cannot keep your information safe. Millions were affected last year due to retail and medical data breaches, proving it difficult for companies to protect your data no matter how secure it may seem. Once cyber criminals have their hands on your personal information, you may be surprised at what they can do with it.

Cyber criminals patch together your digital profile
Bits and pieces of personal information stolen from companies can help cyber criminals patch together a complete picture of your digital identity. They can then use your digital identity to access more important information like your financial records from retail sites that have your credit card information stored. Many consumers leave a trail of personal information on the Internet, leading cyber criminals to steal your identity and your financial information.

How to make a difference during Data Privacy Day
Here are some tips on how you can increase your privacy online from the NCSA:

  • Think of your personal information like money – value it and protect it. You are often paying for “free” services with your personal information. Before you willingly provide your information to a service, make sure it is a business you trust to handle your information with care.
  • Manage your browser cookies to maximize your privacy and prevent unwanted tracking.
  • Demand that businesses be honest about how they collect, use and share personal information.
  • Be cautious about who you “friend” and communicate with online.

Join the Data Privacy Day conversations online by using the hashtag #DPD15! And, let us know what you think on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

Tumblr News Recap: Data Privacy Day

By | February 1st, 2013|Uncategorized|

We’re adding another element to our blog – a weekly news recap of the week’s hottest industry news stories from our Tumblr page to help you stay on top of what’s happening now.

This week was a hot one for privacy news as Monday was Data Privacy Day. Here are a few of our favorite privacy stories. 

Happy Data Privacy Day
Larry Keating of No Panic Computing discusses the importance of Data Privacy Day as a reminder to raise awareness for data privacy. What security policies do you think businesses should establish to protect employees and customers?

Internet, social media least trusted industries for privacy
CNET’s Lance Whitney covered the release of the Ponemon Institute’s recent survey, “2012 Most Trusted Companies for Privacy.” Turns out that the Internet and social media ranked at the bottom of the list. Do you agree with these rankings? Where would you rank social media?

What was your favorite privacy story of the week? Do you have any privacy tips? Feel free to tell us below in the comments section or on Twitter and Facebook.  Also, be sure to check out our Tumblr page for the latest industry news stories.

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