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Winning the debate on encryption — a 101 guide for politicians

Encryption is substantial part of information security. Information security, in turn, is an enabler of privacy and keeps people safe. Many politicians doesn’t understand that. So this guide tries to explain to politicians what is what in encryption.

Source: Winning the debate on encryption — a 101 guide for politicians

Personal Security Takes A Hit With Public Release Of NSA’s Hacking Toolkit

Former members of Team Espionage recently expressed their concern that the Shadow Brokers’ dump of NSA Windows exploits had done serious damage to the security of the nation. The unwanted exposure of NSA power tools supposedly harmed intelligence gathering efforts, even though the tools targeted outdated operating systems and network software.

Source: Personal Security Takes A Hit With Public Release Of NSA’s Hacking Toolkit

AI Is the Future of Cybersecurity, for Better and for Worse

In the near future, as artificial intelligence (AI) systems become more capable, we will begin to see more automated and increasingly sophisticated social engineering attacks. The rise of AI-enabled cyberattacks is expected to cause an explosion of network penetrations, personal data thefts, and an epidemic-level spread of intelligent computer viruses. Ironically, our best hope to defend against AI-enabled hacking is by using AI. But this is very likely to lead to an AI arms race, the consequences of which may be very troubling in the long term, especially as big government actors join the cyber wars.

Source: AI Is the Future of Cybersecurity, for Better and for Worse

Encryption May Lower Fines Under New EU Privacy Regime

New EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes with high fines – up to 20 million Euros or 4% of company’s global annual revenue – whatever is higher. Though, companies can lower the risk of massive fines by encrypting personal data. Also, companies that encrypt personal data will also be exempt from the GDPR’s new mandatory data breach notification provisions.

Source: Encryption May Lower Fines Under New EU Privacy Regime

Wall Street IT Engineer Hacks Employer to See If He Will Be Let Go

On  April 7, the FBI arrested a 31-year-old IT engineer accused of installing malware on his employer’s servers to steal proprietary source code. He admitted hacking accounts of other employees looking for more information on the company’s plans on lay-offs as he feared for his job.

Source: Wall Street IT Engineer Hacks Employer to See If He Will Be Let Go

Meet Chris Vickery, the internet’s data breach hunter

Vickery is security researcher. His job is simple: find leaked and exposed data before the bad guys do. His work has resulted in protecting the personal information and privacy of tens of millions of people. In recent years Vickery has made more headlines than almost any other person, and yet his name remains unknown for many.

Source: Meet Chris Vickery, the internet’s data breach hunter

Exclusive: John McAfee Reveals World’s ‘Most Hack-Proof’ Smartphone

 

Cybersecurity pioneer and creator of famous antivirus program, John McAfee, has revealed plans to produce John McAfee Privacy Phone – the “world’s first truly private smartphone.” He claims it will be the most hack-proof smartphone ever manufactured.

Source: Exclusive: John McAfee Reveals World’s ‘Most Hack-Proof’ Smartphone

1.1 billion identities exposed in data breaches in 2016, says Symantec report

On April 26 Symantec released its Internet Security Threat Report. It states that in the last eight years, more than 7.1 billion identities have been exposed in data breaches globally, which is almost the equivalent of one for every person on the planet.

According to the report US had 1,023 breaches in 2016, topping the list of breaches by country. India, at the same time, had only eight breaches.

Report also reveals that the number of data breaches actually dropped in 2016 to 1,209, compared with 1,211 breaches in 2015.

Source: 1.1 billion identities exposed in data breaches in 2016, says Symantec report

State of the Cyber Nation: UK Government Report on Cybersecurity Breaches

On 19 April 2017, the UK Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) published a report on cybersecurity breaches and how they affected UK companies in the last year.

According to the report in the past year 51% of all UK businesses that hold personal data on customers identified at least one cybersecurity breach.

The report also indicates that a many of UK companies have not implemented comprehensive cybersecurity policies or strong safeguards to protect against cyber attacks.

Source: State of the Cyber Nation: UK Government Report on Cybersecurity Breaches

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