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APAC firms see data security as key barrier to digital transformation

Some 35 percent of Asia-Pacific companies view the potential failure of securing sensitive data as a top barrier to digital transformation, while others cite rigid IT systems and inability to migrate to the cloud.

Six things you need to know about IoT security

Security, trust, and data integrityImage by ThinkstockThe emergence of the internet of things is altering our personal technology security paradigm and is a game-changer in customer/business interaction, in part due to the wide scope of available data ...

The Second Coming of Managed File Transfer Has Arrived

Sometimes, a mature, embedded technology still makes the most sense, especially when it comes to data security.

5 must-have security tools

New York’s Montgomery County, located at the foot of the Adirondacks, consists of 10 towns, one city and 50,000 residents.

To protect the data that pertains to its citizens and operations, Montgomery County added DatAdvantage from Varonis to its arsenal of security wares.

The data security platform is designed to show organizations where sensitive data exists, who is accessing it, and how to keep it safe.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here(Insider Story)

What it takes to become a data security strategist

By the time John Kronick became a data security strategist a few years ago, he'd already been in the security industry for 20 years.

But he didn't come to security from IT.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here(Insider St...

Want privacy? Congress says you’ll have to pay for it

When Congress voted down broadband privacy regulations this week, it threw data security under the bus as well.
Internet users who want to protect their data can expect to pay a "privacy tax" as a result.The House voted 215-205 to repeal rules that, among other things, required broadband providers to take "reasonable" steps to protect customers' information.

The rules also would have mandated that telecoms notify customers within 30 days "after reasonable determination of [a data] breach." And if a breach affected at least 5,000 customers, they would have had to notify the FBI, the Secret Service, and the FCC within seven business days.

The privacy rules regarding notifications were slated to take effect in June.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Out of the gate, health and research apps face-plant

After high expectations, apps and researchers face tall hurdles in test runs.

Apple has already fixed most of the iOS exploits the CIA...

WikiLeaks is back at it again, this time with more than 8,700 leaked documents apparently from inside the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence.

According to those documents, the CIA had knowledge of zero-day exploits it could use to hack iPhones.

But Apple said many of those bugs have already been patched with the latest version of iOS. The WikiLeaks documents didn’t include details of the bugs or whether the CIA has actually used them, so it’s unclear if or how Apple knows the exploits have been patched.

But the company released a statement to multiple media outlets following the WikiLeaks dump on Tuesday: “Apple is deeply committed to safeguarding our customers’ privacy and security.

The technology built into today’s iPhone represents the best data security available to consumers, and we’re constantly working to keep it that way. Our products and software are designed to quickly get security updates into the hands of our customers, with nearly 80 percent of users running the latest version of our operating system. While our initial analysis indicates that many of the issues leaked today were already patched in the latest OS, we will continue work to rapidly address any identified vulnerabilities. We always urge customers to download the latest iOS to make sure they have the most recent security updates.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

ISPs cheer pause of rule that guards private data from security...

Data security rule would have confused Internet users, FCC chair claims.

FCC halts data security regulations for broadband providers

The U.S.

Federal Communications Commission has halted new rules that would require high-speed internet providers to take ‘reasonable’ steps to protect customer data.In a 2-1 vote that went along party lines, the FCC voted Wednesday to stay temporarily one part of privacy rules passed in October that would give consumers the right to decide how their data is used and shared by broadband providers.[ Read 'em and weep: 5 ways your ISP is screwing you. | 5 more ways your ISP is screwing you. | Cut to the key news in technology trends and IT breakthroughs with the InfoWorld Daily newsletter, our summary of the top tech happenings. ]The rules include the requirement that internet service providers should obtain “opt-in” consent from consumers to use and share sensitive information such as geolocation and web browsing history, and also give customers the option to opt out from the sharing of non-sensitive information such as email addresses or service tier information.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

FCC to halt rule that protects your private data from security...

FCC chair plans to halt security rule and set up vote to kill privacy regime.

Google Upspin Secure File-Sharing Released to Open Source

New file-sharing protocols and interfaces called Upspin have been released to open source.

Built by Google, Upspin returns access control and data security to the user.