Linked: Dead Employee’s Account Used in Ransomware Attack
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Linked: Dead Employee’s Account Used in Ransomware Attack

One mistake, followed by another mistake, and before you know it, you’re in ransomware hell. “The account of the late employee wasn’t shut down because various internal services had been configured to use it, presumably because the deceased had been involved in setting up those services. If they had closed the account, it would have…

Data Privacy versus Security versus the Elephant in the Room

Data Privacy versus Security versus the Elephant in the Room

As always, I read with great interest David Horrigan’s look at finding a balance between privacy and crime prevention when it comes to Automated License Plate Recognition. I think David’s take-away quote from attorney Gail Gottehrer at the end is a great effort at finding a middle-road between “track everything in case there’s a crime”,…

Linked: The Intersection of E-Discovery and Cybersecurity: You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby
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Linked: The Intersection of E-Discovery and Cybersecurity: You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby

The first sentence is a mic-drop truth: Data is an asset and a liability. It fits into both accounting columns and will not fail to be used against a corporate entity if not secured properly. Databases contain trade secrets, personally identifiable information, HIPAA-protected health care information, proprietary information and classified data. They also house sensitive…

Linked: Why Threats from QR Codes are Flourishing
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Linked: Why Threats from QR Codes are Flourishing

I have noticed this, haven’t you? Suddenly, QR codes are everywhere: “The COVID-19 pandemic has helped fuel the QR code renaissance. The glory of QR codes is you don’t need to touch anything apart from your own smartphone to use them. It is a quick and easy contactless system—and everybody is already carrying a suitable…

Linked: Why IT Departments Need to Consider Deepfakes
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Linked: Why IT Departments Need to Consider Deepfakes

If I had to guess, I think most people, when asked about “deepfakes”, if they are concerned at all, are concerned about elections, political fakes, or famous people being taken down by fake videos. We aren’t thinking about phishing, and yet, in a time when many companies are struggling with employees who can’t seem tor…