Last week fellow IBM Midsize blogger Jason Hannula wrote about Gartner’s prediction that by 2018 more than 50% of all folks will use their mobile computing devices in the workplace before, or instead of, using a desktop or laptop. That’s just three short years away. We already have an abundance of mobile devices being used in a wide range of industries. (more…)
Archive for December, 2014
Too many businesses have poor information security controls in place (e.g,. demonstrably Sony, Staples, and a seemingly infinite number of other companies) and are basically giving their intellectual property, and the personal information they are responsible for, away.
Have you made plans for Data Privacy Day (DPD) yet? What, you’ve never heard of DPD? You can see more about it here. Or, have you heard about DPD, but you’ve not yet had time to plan for it? Well, I love doing information security and privacy awareness activities and events! I’ve been doing them for 2 ½ decades, and have written about them often, and included a listing of 250 awareness activities in my Managing an Information Security and Privacy Awareness and Training Program book.
Here are five of the ways that I’ve found to be very effective for raising privacy awareness throughout the years. (more…)
Once or twice a week I get a question from an organization that is considered to be a healthcare covered entity (CE) or business associate (BA) under HIPAA (a U.S. regulation) asking about the types of information that is considered to be protected health information (PHI). Last week a medical devices manufacturer, that is also a BA, asked about this. I think it is a good time to post about this topic again.
If information can be (more…)
Seeing all these really bad information security incidents and privacy breaches, often daily, are so disappointing. Let’s consider these four in particular.
- The Sony hack that seems to continue to get worse as more details are reported.
- An ER nurse using the credit cards of patients.
- Breaches of Midwest Women’s Healthcare patient records due to poor disposal practices at the Research Hospital.
- TD Bank’s outsourced vendor losing two backup tapes containing data about 260,000 of their customers.
And the list could continue for pages.
These incidents, and most others, probably could have been prevented if an effective information security and privacy management program existed that was built around three primary core elements: (more…)
Today I had a great meeting with Sarah Cortes, with whom I am doing a session at the North America CACS ISACA conference in March. (I see I need to ask them to add Sarah’s name!)
I’m also going to teach a 2-day workshop (~4 hours each day), “Conducting A Privacy Impact Assessment” on March 18 & 19.
Every organization that handles personal information (PI) of any kind or form needs to know how to do a privacy impact assessment (PIA). And if you have PI from any type of individual, be it a customer, patient, employee, contractor, job applicant, etc., you need to make sure you are protecting, using and sharing the PI appropriately. A PIA will reveal where you are at risk with meeting your privacy obligations. Attend my PIA class in March and I will be happy to help you know how, or improve upon how you perform PIAs!
Can’t go to the conference for some reason? I can still help you! I have a PIA Toolkit you can use.
Any questions? Let me know!
This year Admiral Mike Rogers, the current Commander, U.S. Cyber Command and Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service, gave the luncheon keynote address at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Third Annual Cybersecurity Summit, “Sharing Cyber Threat Information to Protect Business and America.” You can find it at: (more…)
The day before Thanksgiving here in the U.S. I had the great pleasure of speaking with a couple of consumate information security experts from across the pond in England and Norway, Kai Roer and Mo Amin, on an episode of their Security Culture TV! We chatted about how to get folks to be more aware of privacy risks, and how to change their mindset to a more privacy proactive stance. You can see this episode here.
When you look at recent breaches, it is clear that awareness of information security and privacy risks, and how to mitigate them, is not getting the attention necessary by leaders of organizations. Why else would (more…)
I am intrigued by the new social collaboration tool, Verse, which IBM just released that is reportedly intended to reinvent email. Quite a lofty, but worthwhile, goal considering email hasn’t significantly changed since the move from a mainframe based character viewing system to client-based file attachment capabilities! I decided to take a quick look at the issues in the description of Verse that would most impact security and privacy. After a cursory look at the Verse site and a news release about it, here are some of my thoughts. (more…)