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AI, IoT, and edge computing drive cybersecurity concerns for 2019

As companies adopt emerging technologies, the cyber risk landscape is set to grow larger in the new year, according to a Forcepoint report. 2018 saw many large-scale data breaches, but 2019 will shift to more widespread, integrated cybersecurity concerns. Industrial IoT disruption, phishing attacks, and edge computing present some of the largest areas of cybersecurity risks.

Full article: AI, IoT, and edge computing drive cybersecurity concerns for 2019 – TechRepublic

Americans more concerned about data privacy than healthcare

Americans believe that companies should have a mission that goes beyond the money—one that has a positive impact on world hunger, job creation and education, according to the latest Harris Poll data.  According to 65 percent of survey participants, Data privacy most pressing issue.

Source: Americans more concerned about data privacy than healthcare, study says

Private Blockchains Could Be Compatible with EU Privacy Rules

A joint study between Queen Mary University of London and the University of Cambridge concluded that, whilst challenging, it is theoretically possible for organizations to design blockchain applications that fully comply with recently implemented EU ‘General Data Protection Regulation’.

Due to innate aspects of blockchain technology, like the immutability and inability to retrospectively remove customer data recorded as such, the problems become obvious when it comes to creating a solution compatible with this European regulation.

Full article: Private Blockchains Could Be Compatible with EU Privacy Rules, Research Shows

Predictions 2019: The Internet Of Things

Business stakeholders and CIOs in both B2B and B2C environments are planning and deploying IoT solutions to power digital transformation initiatives to revolutionize customer relationships, enhance operations, and differentiate products. IoT deployment momentum brings challenges. Firms must identify strategies and methods to secure, manage, and support the rapidly growing number of smart, connected IoT devices and solutions. Forrester has released its annual predictions for the internet of things in 2019.

Full summary: Predictions 2019: The Internet Of Things

IAPP-EY Annual Governance Report 2018

IAPP and Ernst & Young has published yearly report on privacy landscape. Like last year GDPR is dominating the privacy narrative.  Organizations have bulked up their privacy teams, tackled the hard work of implementing GDPR programs, spent a lot of money to get there (an average of $1.3 million, with an additional $1.8 million expected), and learned many lessons along the way. Still, fewer than 50 percent of survey respondents report they are “fully compliant” with the GDPR.

Source: IAPP-EY Annual Governance Report 2018

Consumers are more concerned with cybersecurity and data privacy in 2018

Ping Identity 2018 Consumer Survey: Attitudes and Behavior in a Post-Breach Era was released on Wednesday. It reveals that one in five users have been victims of a data breach, and out of that number 34% of them experienced financial loss. Following a breach, 78% of respondents said they would stop engaging with the brand online, and 36% said they would stop engaging with the brand completely. 54% of respondents are more concerned with protecting their personal data now than they were prior to the breach.

Source: Consumers are more concerned with cybersecurity and data privacy in 2018 – TechRepublic

Building Ethics into Privacy Frameworks for Big Data and AI

IAPP and UN Global Pulse has released a joint report titled “Building Ethics Into Privacy Frameworks For Big Data and AI.” The report provides an overview of how organizations can operationalize data ethics, drawing on the discussions of an event organized by IAPP and UN Global Pulse. It also highlights the findings from additional research about data ethics and international privacy best practices.

Source: “Building Ethics into Privacy Frameworks for Big Data and AI”: A report from UN Global Pulse and the IAPP

ICO publishes report on use of data analytics in political campaigns

UK’s data protection authority ICO has published a report to Parliament that brings the various strands of its investigation up to date. ICO found a disturbing disregard for voters’ personal privacy by players across the political campaigning eco-system — from data companies and data brokers to social media platforms, campaign groups and political parties.

UK Information Commissioner is calling for views for a code of practice covering the use of data in campaigns and elections. It will simplify the rules and give certainty and assurance about using personal data as a legitimate tool in campaigns and elections.

Source: Blog: Information Commissioner’s report brings the ICO’s investigation into the use of data analytics in political campaigns up to date | ICO

Data Breaches Compromised 4.5 Billion Records in First Half of 2018

Gemalto released the latest findings of the Breach Level Index, a global database of public data breaches, revealing 945 data breaches led to 4.5 billion data records being compromised worldwide in the first half of 2018. Compared to the same period in 2017, the number of lost, stolen or compromised records increased by a staggering 133 percent, though the total number of breaches slightly decreased over the same period, signaling an increase in the severity of each incident.

A total of six social media breaches, including the Cambridge Analytica-Facebook incident, accounted for over 56 percent of total records compromised. Of the 945 data breaches, 189 (20 percent of all breaches) had an unknown or unaccounted number of compromised data records.

Source: Data Breaches Compromised 4.5 Billion Records in First Half of 2018*

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