Data Privacy Protection Requires Extra Regulation

March 28, 2019

Take a glance at the most discussed cybersecurity news of the week. Learn about data privacy protection.

The US Federal Trade Commission issued an order directing several broadband providers to detail how they deal with customer and device information. Speaking about virtual and augmented reality, first things that come to mind are scenes from fantastic films. Do not try to deny, you would stand near Iron Man or Luke Skywalker and swipe texts and images, appearing in the air.

Cellular networks are asked to explain whether they misuse customer data

The Register on March 27, 2019

Be ready to stand up and respectfully applause the US Federal State Agency after reading this news.

The story began in January when 15 senators asked the Federal Communications Commission to investigate the practice of cellular network giants that were caught selling subscribers’ data to almost everyone who looked like a policeman. The America’s wideband overseer reluctantly has accepted the initiative.

Now, the US Federal Trade Commission issued an order directing several broadband providers to detail how they deal with customer and device information. It also would investigate whether companies provide the notice for data processing and how this data is aggregated, anonymized and processed. Providers also must explain if their consumers have any choices about data handling and the opportunity to access, correct, or delete personal data.

In terms of raising users’ concern for the security of their information, escalated by recent major data breaches, data privacy protection is vital for each industry.

Female specialists in the US data privacy protection outnumber males

Dark Reading on March 25, 2019

Recently cybersecurity world discussed closing a gender gap in IT, universities started implementing special internship programs. Finally, a Big Ten Alliance Women in IT community group was formed to encourage women advancement in IT. Well, all efforts were not in vain.

According to Privacy Governance Report, in the United States female professionals outnumbered males in the profession 53% to 47%. Moreover, referring to IAPP research, nearly 60% of the surveyed companies declared that a chief privacy officer (CPO) and that C-suite office was twice as likely to be filled by a female than a male.

By the way, the first-ever CPOs were Jennifer Barrett Glasgow in Acxiom and IBM’s Harriet Pearson. The data privacy protection unites skills and experience from both STEM and humanities. Therefore, there is no place for a glass ceiling model.

“Head in the sand”: how do companies respond to a cybersecurity incident?

Help Net Security on March 25, 2019

In the modern world, you have to be ready for anything, even if it is such an unpleasant thing as dealing with the consequences of cybersecurity incident.

The NTT Security research shows that in case of violation of data privacy protection the majority of companies are not confident they could continue “business as usual” after the first 24 hours. Moreover, about 60% of companies are worried about the lack of skills in-house, when responding to a breach, and the rest have noted the lack of budget.

There is still an element of ‘head in the sand’, where organizations simply don’t think it is going to happen to them, despite everything we are seeing in the news. While most say they communicate their plans internally, it’s still only a minority who are fully aware of them.

David Gray, Senior Manager and Incident Response Practice Lead EMEA at NTT Security

VR and AR revolutionize our interaction with data

ZD Net on March 26, 2019

Speaking about virtual and augmented reality, first things that come to mind are scenes from fantastic films. Do not try to deny, you would stand near Iron Man or Luke Skywalker and swipe texts and images, appearing in the air.

VR and AR are tools, able to change the way we interact with data and interpret it, and it seems that fantastic films soon will come true. For instance, the development of 3D visualization in mixed reality may provide decision-makers with a deeper insight into huge data sets. Virtualitics, one of the leaders in this space, has enabled scatter plots as an example of the information-rich 3D visualization and embeds geospatial data in immersive 3D maps.

VR and AR remind a meteorite that once upon a time struck the Earth, giving birth to a new world, and data visualization could be the next big use for these technologies.

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