Data Security and Privacy with the Privacy Professor

Data Security and Privacy with the Privacy Professor

There are more information security and privacy threats than ever before. As more technologies emerge, more surveillance tactics are used, and more artificial intelligence systems are deployed, cybersecurity and privacy risks grow exponentially. Rebecca has spent her entire career working to improve information security and privacy protections, by not only raising awareness of the issues within businesses and other types of organizations, but also by raising the awareness of these risks in the public and helping them to understand how to better protect their own personal data, allowing them to take their privacy protections into their own hands. Rebecca offers information about these existing and emerging security and privacy risks and provides fresh insights into the impacts of exploiting these risks, and gives guidance, tips, expert advice and news, with fascinating guests, to help all organizations, and the general public, understand what they need to do to mitigate these risks.

Episodes

August 6, 2022 54 min
In the news every day are security incidents and privacy breaches caused by software programming errors, sloppy practices, lack of sufficient testing, and many other engineering-, coding-, and programming-related reasons. This has been progressively getting worse for the past 40, 50 years as technology has been proliferating, along with code, and different programming languages. Case in point: At the root of most Zero Day exploits ...
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There are an estimated 20 – 30 billion “smart” internet of things (IoT) devices currently used in the world. Most of them are listening devices, meaning everything heard within the vicinity of the device is sent to cloud systems, analyzed, and actions are taken. This number is projected to increase to 75 – 100 billion by 2025. This data and results of artificial analysis (AI) using the words and conversations of people, and sounds,...
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Nation state hackers have been trying to get into the secrets stored on computers for decades. The Russian KGB has been trying, and often succeeding, to hack into computer systems before there was a publicly accessible internet; back when the Arpanet was used primarily to connect university and government computer systems. Do you know who caught the KGB in the act of their hacking activities within these computer systems when no on...
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Assaulters and stalkers are increasingly using technologies to target, surveil, and attack their victims. IoT tech in particular is increasingly being used. • What types of IoT tech are being used to track down and ultimately attack the targeted victims? • What types of popular, tiny, inexpensive IoT devices are increasingly used by assaulters and stalkers for surveilling and then tracking down victims to abuse and assault? • In...
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A lot of news has been released lately about the Dirty Pipe vulnerability in the Linux OS. How is this related to UNIX? Listen in to hear Rik Farrow, the world’s most experienced and knowledgeable expert on UNIX and Linux, explain! Rik will provide his advice about careers in UNIX and Linux security, and answer a wide range of questions Rebecca has received from listeners about these topics. A few of the questions covered include: ...
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There have been many reports about over-the-road trucking delays causing problems throughout the full supply chain and delaying deliveries of critical products throughout all industries. However, what about the cybersecurity and privacy risks within the transportation industry? There has been little, if any, thoughtful public discussion of the wide range of surface transportation cybersecurity and privacy risks. Cybersecurity vulne...
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Synthetic data has increasingly been in the news in recent years. It is being used for many purposes, such as training artificial intelligence (AI) models, and for more thoroughly testing software. It is also being described as a new type of privacy enhancing technology (PET). In what other ways is synthetic data being used? Do data protection regulations and other laws and legal requirements apply to synthetic data? E.g. do the ...
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The Log4j security vulnerability is likely a result of insufficient secure coding and/or testing practices for software that is used in billions of devices worldwide. This vulnerability is now being actively exploited, causing a wide variety of security incidents and privacy breaches. New attacks are announced weekly, and sometimes daily, that are exploiting that vulnerability. How did such a dangerous vulnerability make its way ...
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Rebecca discusses the importance of call/contact center and customer service privacy and cybersecurity practices with privacy law and business process outsourcing (BPO) expert, Jon Bello. Often the contact center, or customer service group, is the only barrier between a caller and the personal information and access to the account of a particular individual. BPO staff are common targets of social-engineering to get into others’ acc...
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The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently announced they are requiring critical US airport operators, passenger aircraft operators, and all-cargo aircraft operators to designate cybersecurity coordinators, and to report cyber incidents to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Lower-level transportation organizations are encouraged to follow the rules as well. Why hasn’t this been done befor...
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Why do so many business leaders insist on using unsecure systems and software development practices? Often to skimp on IT budgets and to race to production. Or leaders with marketing expertise, but no actual tech understanding, make bad decisions to align with their sales tactics and marketing messages. Or, for other reasons. But with demonstrably ongoing damaging consequences. In this episode we speak about the critical need for s...
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Listen to this episode to learn from Judy Selby, a worldwide recognized and award-winning cyber insurance expert, about the considerations to take into account for different types of cyber insurance, and how recent, and growing numbers of, ransomware and cyberattacks and hacks are impacting the cyber insurance coverage packages. Throughout the recent history of ransomware and other types of malware and cybercrime and hacking, org...
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Before the Solarwinds hack made global news daily for many weeks starting in December, 2020, most of the public had never heard the term “supply chain,” let alone know about the inherent data and cyber security risks they bring to organizations. You know it is a significant issue when the President of the United States issues an Executive Order (on Feb. 24, 2021) to significantly strengthen supply chain security in all industries. ...
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The recent take-down of 300 criminal syndicates in more than 100 countries by the DoJ, selling their own 12,000 encrypted devices and services to which they had the decryption keys, has resurrected the question of encryption and lawmakers’ claims that backdoors into encryption are necessary. Lawmakers, and even some data security personalities, point to this event saying it proves encryption should have backdoors. There are also cl...
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What are “high-speed streaming analytics data pipelines”? What is the function of a data pipeline? Are there more security risks associated with data pipelines, or less, compared to VPN transmissions, and network transmission technologies that have been used for decades? What are “data lakes”? How are they different from data warehouses? Is it possible to meet data protection compliance requirements using data pipelines and data la...
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There have been many news reports in the past several months about nation-state espionage, and in particular nation-state cyberthreats and cybersecurity warfare attacks. So, what exactly are nation-state cyberthreats? What countries are the sources of the cyberthreats? What countries are launching cyberattacks? Russia? China? The USA? Others? Who should be defending against these cyberthreats? Government? Corporations? Individual c...
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In 2021 there have been at least 253 voting bills proposed in at least 43 US states. These bills are restricting voting methods, times, and even criminalizing such practices as the provision of food and drink to those who are in waiting line for hours to vote. All due to “concerns about voter fraud,” even though hundreds of audits, hundreds of ballot recounts, and hundreds of independent voting machine security assessments have fou...
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There continue to be more lessons to learn from the past 8+ years of election cycles in the US. Lessons that can be applied throughout the world, about the need to build in strong security and privacy protections to the associated processes, systems, and physical components of elections to strengthen democracy as well as to establish verifiable and validated election results. The FBI reports verified election interference att...
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Health data is considered personal data gold to cybercrooks. Hospitals, clinics and telehealth situations involve a lot of complexity that brings many threats and vulnerabilities to patient data. • Is your healthcare and patient data safe? • Are hospitals and clinics doing all they can to protect your data? • What would you like to ask your hospital about this? • Would they know how to answer? • Are HIPAA requirements effectiv...
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For Data Privacy Day month Rebecca is speaking with Kim Hakim, CEO & Founder of FutureCon Events, about how she handled needing to move...almost overnight!...all her 2020 conferences to being online events at the beginning of 2020 when COVID-19 started spreading through the USA. Kim also discusses some of the key privacy issues she had to address when doing so. Kim will also describe the most requested privacy topics for the Fu...
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