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

October 7, 2023 56 mins
Dr. John Johnson describes why he created the wildly popular cybersecurity conference, CornCon! It was first held in 2015, in Davenport, Iowa on the banks of the Mississippi River. He also describes the goals for the conference, how it is unique from others in offering a children’s hacking bootcamp, and a hacking contest for teens, along with two days of sessions and activities for professionals. Rebecca is also excited to be a spe...
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Do you see a need for more privacy in certain areas of your life? Or within certain industries? Or throughout society? Well, don’t just sit there; get up offa that thing, and get that new privacy law drafted into a bill, and then passed into law! It’ll make you and everyone else who cares about privacy feel better, while also strengthening privacy protections. Want to know how? Tom Kemp, author of the newly released book, “Contain...
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April describes the horrific harms that romance scammers caused her mother while terminally ill with cancer, and Kathy describes the upcoming World Romance Scam Prevention Day that her organization established. A must-listen-to episode!
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The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been in effect for 5 years now. What have been the impacts to organizations who must comply? What have been the penalties applied? And for what specific non-compliance issues? Which EU country has been most active in applying GDPR non-compliance penalties? Have there been any countries where no fines/penalties have been applied? What is the largest GDPR fine/penalty to date and t...
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Everyone is at risk of cybercrime, privacy breaches, and associated physical risks. Individuals in their personal lives, as well as businesses and their employees within work areas…which are often in homes, and other locations outside of physical business facilities…are at risk. Each and every one of them needs to understand how to recognize information security and privacy risks, and basic ways to mitigate those identified risks. ...
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In this episode Rebecca continues answering a few more of the hundreds of questions she has received from listeners and readers throughout the past few months, covering a wide range of topics. Some of the questions include: • What happened to those men, bar owners, who were arrested for stalking a woman by using digital tracking devices there in Des Moines, Iowa? Did they go to prison? What laws apply? Hear Rebecca’s answers, in...
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AI has quickly become pervasive in all our lives. But, how can it impact us? Consider a couple of examples. Lensa is an app that takes real photos and uses AI to make art images from them. Millions have used it. Others are concerned about the related privacy and intellectual property rights problems it creates. Lensa uses a huge open-source collection of data to train its AI that contains than 5 billion publicly accessible imag...
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Bryan Denny served as an officer in the U.S. Army for 26 years. In 2016, Bryan’s photos were stolen and used to build thousands of fake profiles. Kathy Waters has logged over 4,000 volunteer hours helping those like Bryan Denny whose identity has been stolen, as well as the women and men who have fallen victim to the scammers. Each day new headlines report the financial and emotional destruction that romance scammers wreak on their...
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It has been almost three years since Rebecca has done a show answering listener questions; it is time she did another one! In this episode she answers a wide range of questions. Some of the questions include: • Why are location trackers (Apple Airtag, Tile, etc.) bad from a privacy perspective? They aren’t even sending any personal information; just location. Should they be outlawed if they are actually bad? Listen in to hear ...
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Everyone is a target for identity thieves. Even the most brilliant cybersecurity and privacy experts. Why? One significant reason is because when those organizations and individuals who possess and use your personal data do not effectively secure that data, they leave it vulnerable, leaving YOU at the mercy of cybercrooks. Listen in to hear my riveting conversation with Christine Abruzzi, cybersecurity expert with 30 years of ex...
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Are you armed with the privacy and security knowledge and awareness necessary to identify all the holiday scams and cybercrooks that emerge and try not only new scams and crimes, but also all the same scams and crimes that have proven to be effective year after year for decades? Are you prepared to help those to whom you give tech gifts so that they use them in the most secure and privacy-protecting way possible? Can you secure tho...
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November 5, 2022 56 mins
Everyone is inundated with robocalls! Many of them are legitimate, such as those providing notifications about environmental threats such as hurricanes and tornadoes. And those giving alerts about missing persons. And there are many others that are legal, but can still be quite annoying, such as from political candidates. There are also increasingly more robocalls that are used to commit scams and a wide range of crimes. Securi...
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At this time in our current enlightened period in history, we're actually not enlightened with regard to cannabis benefits, medicinal uses, how to debunk disinformation that has been being spread since the 1930s, and how to protect the privacy of cannabis users, as well as their associated personal data, and the business data of the dispensaries. Have you used cannabis, of any kind in any form? Have any of your family members or f...
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Many claims have been, and still are being, made about elections and voting security, more than ever since the 2020 election. Some claim there was widespread “voting fraud.” While no process or technology, of any kind for any purpose, is 100% secure, the 2020 general elections were determined through audits and assessments by dedicated elections workers, federal and state civil servants, and cybersecurity experts, to have been the ...
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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? ...
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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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