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NIST Issues Draft Report on Blockchain

In January of 2018, NIST issued a roughly 60- page Draft NIST Interagency Report (NISTIR) 8202: Blockchain Technology Overview . The report offers a straightforward introduction to blockchain, which underpins Bitcoin and other digital currencies. “We want to help people understand how blockchains work so that they can appropriately and usefully apply them to technology problems,” said Dylan Yaga, a NIST computer scientist who is one of the report’s authors. “It’s an introduction to the things you should understand and think about if you want to use blockchain.” A blockchain is essentially a decentralized ledger that maintains transaction records on many computers simultaneously.

Source: NIST Issues Draft Report on Blockchain to Help Businesses Decide When and If to Use Blockchain

Was 2017 the year of the breach?

This article is part of an ongoing series on privacy program metrics and benchmarking for incident response management, brought to you by Radar, Inc., a provider of purpose-built decision support software designed to guide users through a consistent, defensible process for incident management and risk assessment.

Source: Was 2017 the year of the breach?

Hong Kong’s DPA Releases Two Reports on Privacy

he Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data, Hong Kong (the Privacy Commissioner) Mr Stephen Kai-yi WONG released two reports, namely “2017 Study Report on User Control over Personal Data in Customer Loyalty and Reward Programmes” and “Inspection Report: Personal Data System of An Estate Agency in Hong Kong”.

Source: Media Statement

The Identity We Can’t Change

This report is a continuation of the work begun in previous years by ADC in the field of biometrics. We start by explaining what are the main problems in the field of biometrics from a technological point of view, we explore the effects that surveillance has on the behavior of people, and we briefly narrate where the world stands in the debate about identification technologies.

Source: The Identity We Can’t Change • ADC Digital

US DoC and Homeland Security releases draft report on botnets and other threats

Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security released a draft report to President Trump in response to the May 11, 2017, Presidential Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure.

Source: U.S. Departments of Commerce, Homeland Security Release Preliminary Report on Promoting Action Against Botnets and Other Automated Threats | Department of Commerce