Summer is here. There will be barbecues. Sand will find its way into the strangest places. Your family, extended family, kids' friends and friends of friends -- even complete strangers -- will sail in and out of your home. But that's okay, because you've fraud-proofed your house... right?
As we ready ourselves to enjoy the colorful symbolism in the evening skies of Independence Day celebrations across the nation, it's crucial that you not allow a little something like document shredding stand between you and the truth.
While there have been surveys that tell a different story, with at least one reporting that more than 60 percent of Target shoppers aren't too worried about their data security, the common wisdom now is that a breach can undo years of brand equity -- and that appears to be the case at Target.
While marketing and promotion strategies can accomplish the first two, are small businesses really doing enough to protect their customers' data and reassure them that their personal information is safe?
Gregg Steinhafel's ouster at Target this week was a major C-Suite casualty in corporate America's war on hackers. Sales took a major nosedive after the retailer's big data security breach hit the news last December, with fourth-quarter profits down 46 percent. So what's a CEO to do?
Instead of playing the data breach blame game, you need to take control of the situation. Do a few simple things every day and make yourself a tougher get, have the tools to quickly determine if you are in harm's way and have a solution in place to deal with the fallout.
Most people assume identity thieves are super-sophisticated hackers sitting in front of banks of blinking computer screens. But sometimes you really never see it coming, and the identity thief who ruined your credit and turned your life upside down is actually your mom or dad.
Don't victims of human rights abuse, refugees, LGBT individuals, and survivors of gender-based violence deserve the same kind of respect for their sensitive information as you expect when you visit a clinic?
Doctors are bound by the Hippocratic Oath to first do no harm and while they may be very good, or even the best, at what they do, the continuing parade of breach announcements in the health care area is a clear indication that many haven't a clue when it comes to information security.
Many have found inspiration and solace in Star Wars that can apply to the everyday real world, including data security. It teaches us that it is important to protect all the important data that you have with core access control.
Cellphones are being used in prevention, diagnosis and treatment, from prenatal to the last years of life, right across the spectrum of care. In health and development, "mHealth" (short for "mobile health") is the new black.
One thing is for certain: the Department of Education's mishandling of personal student financial data in this latest data breach proves that we should be wary of how the Department will utilize this type of data in the future.