07 May 2019

Reported data breaches up more than 56 percent

A new report by Risk Based Security show that the number of reported data breaches surged by 56.4% in Q1 of 2019 compared to the same quarter last year, while the number of exposed records rose by 28.9%. However, these figures don’t necessarily represent an uptick in actual breaches. Instead,

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06 May 2019

Trust is at a tipping point: Consumers will react strongly if they feel their privacy is compromised

A new survey by Privitar shows that a growing number of people will lose trust and even avoid companies that mishandle their personal information. Half of respondents said that they would lose trust in a firm that used their data “inappropriately,” while about the same number of people (49%) indicated

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06 May 2019

Government embracing digital transformation but struggling to implement data security

A new report by Thales looks at the data threats affecting federal agencies in the US. It shows that 60% of agencies have suffered a data breach in the past and over one-third (35%) experienced one in the past year. The research also found that almost all (98%) of agencies

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03 May 2019

Consumers care deeply about their privacy, security, and how their personal information is handled

A new survey by IPSOS Mori, the Internet Society and Consumers International shows that while most people (69%) own connected devices, many dislike them from a privacy point of view. About two-thirds (65%) of people are worried about the data collection practices of connected devices and a small minority believe

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02 May 2019

Only 55% of companies plan to be ready for CCPA implementation

A new study by OneTrust and the IAPP shows that a significant minority of companies (45%) are not aiming to achieve compliance under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) before the new legislation goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2020. One in four organizations (25%) plan to reach compliance by

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30 Apr 2019

‘Am I being watched?’ Survey Reveals Security Concerns

A new report by ASecureLife sheds light on the security and privacy concerns of US citizens. The survey found that almost two in three (65%) Americans are worried that the government is monitoring them online, and about one in two respondents feel this way about businesses. One-fourth of Americans aren’t

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30 Apr 2019

Half of companies have 1,000+ sensitive files accessible to every employee

Other than scaring organizations with massive potential fines for data protection snafu’s, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has not sufficiently impacted organizations (yet), even though the law has been in effect for almost a year now. New research by Varonis shows that companies are still falling short

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30 Apr 2019

75% of people are stressed about remembering passwords

A recent Kaspersky Lab survey among US and Canadian citizens highlights how issues related to cybersecurity and data protection can stress people out. More than two-thirds of respondents (68%) said that news of data breaches causes them to feel stressed, although this number was far higher among people who have

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29 Apr 2019

Two-thirds of IT workers share sensitive information by email

A recent Igloo Software survey highlights how data sharing practices among employees put companies at risk. Just 14% of employees use secure FTP to share information. Instead, the most popular tools for sharing sensitive data are email (69%) and shared document drives like Google Drive (45%), while 26% of workers

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25 Apr 2019

Facebook May Face $5 Billion FTC Fine for Data Misuse

Facebook expects that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) may slap a fine of $3 to $5 billion on the social media giant once it wraps up its investigation into the company’s data protection and privacy practices. Facebook has already reserved $3 billion to pay potential fines. While the FTC investigation

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