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

July 3, 2021 55 min
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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The numbers of women & people of color are still a woefully small percentage of the IT and cyber/data/network/applications security workforce. Such lack of diversity results in weak and flawed IT, security and privacy practices, applications, networks, and data protection. Rebecca discusses the related issues with cybersecurity expert, industry leader & long-time mentor, Dr. Cheryl Cooper: • What is Dr. Cooper working to...
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With 2020 being the year of the global COVID-19 pandemic, it has also become the year of globally widespread working from home offices, and attending school online from home. Cybercrime is increasing dramatically in many ways never before seen as a result of these quickly established new working and learning environments. • How has cybercrime increased since the COVID-19 pandemic started becoming noticed? • Which new types of cy...
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Voter fraud conspiracy theories have reached a fever pitch. There are even claims that mail-in ballots are “a scam.” What’s the truth? Voting security experts & researchers Jennifer Kavanagh & Quentin Hodgson describe in-depth research revealing verifiable facts about security of all types of voting including absentee/mail-in, voting machines & paper at polling locations, & drop boxes. They provide research results ...
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Since 2018 Rebecca has invited many tech giants to explain if & how they are collecting & selling personal data to govt & other entities to profile & target subsets of populations while making huge profits. For example, one tech company reportedly made over $1.6 billion from the US federal government from 2017 – 2019. No tech company has accepted the invitations. However, Mijente, which has performed significant res...
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Tech giants & startups are quickly releasing “cutting edge” COVID-19 tracing tools. Some states have built their own tracing tools. COVID-19 tracing is absolutely necessary to get the pandemic under control. But are those tools secure? Will the privacy of the individuals’ health data be protected? • What tracing tools are being used? Which best protect privacy? Which put privacy at risk? • How do certain phones and operating s...
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In the midst of a deadly pandemic mail-in voting would be the safest way to vote. However, many warn that voting by mail will lead to wide-spread fraud and lost votes. Is this true, or are they baseless claims? What is true, and what are pure conspiracy theories and lies? Amber McReynolds, one of the country’s leading experts on election administration, policy & security, discusses the risks of voting by mail along with the ben...
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The value of strong encryption cannot be overstated, but yet the efforts from lawmakers to force tech companies to create weak encryption has been put into overdrive. Bruce Schneier has been a vocal proponent of strong encryption for many years, and eloquently explains why it is technically not possible to give the good guys the access they want to encrypted files and transmission without also giving the bad guys access. Listen in...
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Efforts are increasing in the US & worldwide to force tech companies to build encryption that would “allow only law enforcement and government” groups to get into encrypted files & communications. The claims are that this is necessary to fight online crimes such as human trafficking and child sexual exploitation. We definitely need to address these horrible crimes. However, are these commands from governments & law enfo...
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Hear Rebecca speak with Rob Sand, the lawyer who used his tech savvy as the Asst Attorney General for Iowa to successfully prosecute Eddie Tipton, who committed the largest & longest occurring lottery fraud in US history while employed as an IT worker, and was promoted to Information Security Officer, at the Multi-State Lottery Association where he committed his crimes. Eddie exploited his positions of trust to rig the lottery ...
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Listen in to hear Rebecca speak with elections security expert Theresa Payton about elections security, safeguarding voting machines, and the types of attempts to disrupt or even change the results of elections. Some of the topics covered include: • What are some key points to understand about the tech and other problems in the Iowa caucuses? • In what ways do nation states, and other malicious actors, try to manipulate elections r...
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February 1, 2020 57 min
Listen in to my chat with artificial intelligence expert Davi Ottenheimer about not only the potential benefits of AI, but also the risks to information security, privacy and safety when flawed, biased and maliciously-engineered AI is used. Also hear the boundaries Davi recommends for preventing bad AI. Some of the questions covered include: • What are some examples of tragedies that possibly could have been prevented with AI? • In...
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January 4, 2020 56 min
Many listeners have sent questions over the past two years about the dark web • What is the dark web? Is it the same as the dark net? How is it different from the deep web? • Is it legal to go into the dark web? • What is Tor? • What are some real-life crimes found on dark web? • What are some of the most disturbing activities in the dark web? • What do information security and privacy pros need to know about the dark web to help ...
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Recently the CEO of a cloud services business for compliance & information security shrugged off the problems he has on an ongoing basis with his SaaS cloud site where he does not have change controls implemented, & doesn't use a separate test or development region or server. He shrugged & said, “That’s just the way it is with a cloud service, they all have these problems.” Wrong! In this episode I discuss the impo...
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