In a recent press release we echoed the Privacy Commissioner's concerns over growing numbers of data breaches occurring in 10 government agencies. Over 3000 inadequately reported data breaches took place at the Canadian Revenue Agency, Fisheries and Oceans, Public Safety, Employment and Social Development Canada, Justice Canada, Citizenship and Immigration, Passport Canada, the Correctional Service, the RCMP, the Parole Board and Veterans Affairs. Here are 5 best practices that represent a win-win for businesses, government agencies and the public.
People often confuse information protection with IT security. One of the reasons I resist the compartmentalization of my craft as IT security is that, as important as it is, IT security not only reduces the scope of my work by at least two-thirds, but it misses the point of what it means to truly enable protection for the intangible. It absolutely depends on people who are interested, educated and dare I say it, passionate. Security doesn't work without a high level of consistent human engagement. Privacy fails without passion and respect. In fact, nothing I can think of works well without a high degree of emotional investment.
Why is this? Why can’t we systematize everything and build an app for it? Because we are dealing with a substance free from physical properties. Information is intangible, tasteless, colorless and for the most part, odorless. It is perhaps the most impactful of substances, driving world economies and impacting everyone on the planet on a very individual level. And so, our relationship with information is very personal and delicate. Although it doesn’t impact our senses the way a piece of cheese or silly putty do, it can assault our being and drive our existence in powerful ways. And yet, we can't touch it.
Airport security is a thankless job or, if you're the TSA, 56000 jobs. The US Transportation Security Agency was just blasted (again) for failing to enforce its own rules on employees, despite their claim of zero-tolerance for misconduct in the workplace.
According to Reuters, a report released by the Government Accountability Office found an unprecedented 3808 misconduct complaints filed against TSA workers just last year. Allegations include the use of drugs and alcohol by TSA agents on duty, 'inconsistent' use of security devices such as X-ray scanners, wands, embezzling electronics and other property, sleeping on the job, not showing up for work, etc.
Most of us
find the vast expanse of the Web more than a
little overwhelming, so we rarely have an opportunity to think about 'what else
might be out there'.
are also vaguely aware of the existence of a rich universe of virtual worlds layered
across the vastness of the Internet. These make it possible for millions of
people to spend a significant portion of their time interacting in digital
universes or collaborating across obscure academic, military or commercial
To those people, the rest of us exist on the surface. The clearnet - or
surface Web - is more than a nickname. It's a hint as to how this abstract
universe is stacked, digitally overlaid atop the ecosystems of the Deep Web
whose secretive existence is made that much more intriguing by its diversity of
names. Indeed much of what exists below the Web we know goes by nicknames such
as Darknet, Undernet, hidden Web or Invisible Web.
Revelations that global communications are being monitored more aggressively than previously imagined have sent the public looking for software to protect their privacy. This is a good opportunity to give you a "defense-in-depth" idea of what it might look like to use different layers of encryption in your everyday computing.
Whether you’re a high flying executive or a stay-at-home mom, you have probably thought a lot about what privacy means to you. Do you ambitiously entertain notions of anonymity and confidentiality or simply hope to retain some control over the information you enter into your computer and send over the wires? Either way, here's something to get you started.
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