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Are organizations incentivized to prioritize our safety, or are they more driven by self-preservation? At times, it can be the latter.
As a privacy and security expert, I concluded that the MyDemocracy survey is not just ineffective in its stated political objectives, it's literally giving up the privacy of Canadians in real time. This is really dangerous, scary when you realize that this issue applies to all of Public Safety's websites I have tested.
State surveillance programs spell serious consequences for business -- could Canada be next? A few weeks ago the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) rendered a judgment that invalidated the Safe Harbour Decision that heretofore had allowed U.S. companies to transfer and store personal data of EU citizens in the U.S. as long as they voluntarily agreed to respect certain principles.
Individuals and organizations that follow good cyber hygiene practices have more peace of mind. It is no different than monitoring your health and scheduling your automobile's maintenance. People who practice good cyber hygiene habits get more done, are happier and spend less time troubleshooting because they have fewer surprises.
Anyone who uses a social network, a website, app or a gadget that regularly collects some personal information about them is a product. Companies increasingly know more about you than your family and friends. The fear is what happens when the information you provide in one context is used in an entirely different context because it is sold. Internet spying and surveillance according to a 2012 Wall Street Journal report is one of the fastest growing businesses, estimated to be worth $156 billion a year. Mostly private companies capture data from countless channels.
Just like a postcard, an email passes through a lot of different people's easy access. The average email is fully stored and searchable on about six computers. Astonishingly however, lawyers, accountants, political leaders and financial professionals transmit highly confidential information by email.
The number one concern of businesses is -- or should be -- cyber-security. According to the FBI, law firms and accounting firms conducting high value deals are the most targeted by criminals. Cyber issues are now a boardroom matter.
The power of sophisticated, robust, scalable computing, formerly the reserve of only those who could afford it, is becoming available to companies of any and every size. When this becomes true for all information systems, accounting, HR, project management, etc., information technology as a competitive edge will no longer be the domain of only those who can afford it.
Privacy Commissioners, rightfully, seem more incensed than ever when yet another loss of personal information occurs. Whether
BYOD or Bring Your Own Device, is a growing phenomenon that allows employees, even encourages them, to bring their own connected devices to the workplace. Organizations need to be careful about the implementation of BYOD and the reasons for allowing it.
I have heard over the years some noble attempts to monitor and manage these threats, from having computers only in the family room to removing the web browser completely, but there is a better way.
We wouldn't let our children, our most important personal assets, drive around without a seat belt. But we still resist the idea that an appropriate amount of effort and investment is critical in securing our most important business asset, our information. To a hacker, your system password alone is as about as good as wrapping your data in a big red bow.