#Privacy: Human central nervous system (CNS) inspires new approach to cybersecurity

Researchers at the University of Arizona are working on a new cybersecurity programme that has been inspired by the CNS in humans. Its aim is to teach devices to automatically detect and neutralise cyber-threats before they have a chance to do them any damage, independently of their users. Salim Hariri, Professor of Electrical and Computer […]

#Privacy: Former Amex employee under investigation for accessing customer data

A former employee of American Express in under investigation by the police after being suspected of wrongfully accessing the personal data of “a small number” of Amex customers with fraudulent intent. As the investigation is still ongoing, American Express are unable to comment upon the specifics of the incident, but the employee is thought to […]

#Privacy: Hackers are now hiding their malicious intentions behind multiple online identities

Optiv’s new 2019 Cyber Threat Intelligence Estimate (CTIE) report suggests that threat actors are now using “cyber-disguises” to keep their true intentions a secret. Typically, cyber threat intelligence categorises threat actors into fixed classes, such as nation-states, cyber-criminals, and “hacktivists”. However, this report suggests that it is, “a mistake to assume these categories are rigid […]

#SECURITY: Non-disclosure of Data Breaches Negatively Affects Acquisitions and Mergers

A recent study has shown that a company’s cybersecurity program, and how it has handled any history of data breaches, has a significant impact on its monetary sales value. New research has revealed that companies can drive down their value by hiding or mismanaging data breaches. The report, by (ISC)2, asked 250 US-based mergers and […]

#Privacy: Legislation proposed in Pennsylvania to criminalise Cyber-Flashing

A bill to ban the unsolicited online exchange of sexually explicit and obscene images in the state of Pennsylvania has been introduced.  Philadelphia County state representative Mary Isaacson, sent a memorandum to all 203 members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, urging them to co-sponsor the bill, and to join with her in “combatting online […]

#Privacy: House of Commons Browsing History Branded a Security Threat by ICO

In a decision supported by the UK Information Commissioner’s Office, the House of Commons has declined to release data visible online over fears that it may pose a risk to national security. Using Freedom of Information legislation, The Independent requested updated versions of the most visited websites and services from the parliamentary estate in April […]

#Privacy: Inaccuracies in the 2019 Sure Guernsey phone book 

Emma Martin, Data Protection Commissioner for the Bailiwick of Guernsey, stresses her concerns regarding the phone book errors.  The 2019-2020 edition of the Guernsey Directory (Sure) has been met with upset and anger by the island’s residents, due to their personal details being altered from last year’s entries, without their knowledge or permission.  Some residents […]