cybersecurity

November 2018

The Price of Privacy

We thought we’d offer a break from all the U.S. elections coverage to focus on what some elected officials recently did in our area of expertise: privacy and cybersecurity. Several legislators have introduced consumer data protection laws, but so far only one major bill has passed at the state, versus federal, level. Earlier this year, California legislators passed the nation’s most stringent consumer privacy law to date. It’s modeled in the image of the European...

The Price of Privacy

Two things immediately stood out, to me at least, while attending my favorite cybersecurity conference last week in New Orleans. Both were tied to toilets. One had to do with a personal observation: There were lines between sessions to use women’s restrooms. At any other event, women typically stand in longer restroom lines than men. Cybersecurity conferences, though, are the reverse because there are far more men than women in the information security profession. Having...

From the Field: The Good and Bad Surrounding Today’s ‘Toilet Issues’

The woman pulled up to the tree removal team in a silver Durango, demanding to know what they were doing tearing down aspens that bordered two properties. “This is my house!” she shouted. Only it wasn’t her house; it was mine. She’d been the victim of an online scam using a fake Craigslist rental listing as bait. If you ever use free online forums, especially Craigslist, to find a place to live, you likely will...

Protecting Your Content from Cybercriminals

There’s an Apple commercial now running in which a girl moves through her day using her iPad Pro. At one point, a neighbor asks what she’s doing with her computer and the young woman responds, “What’s a computer?” Messaging implications aside, it does make Thursday’s Computer Security Day seem a bit antiquated. For starters, we rarely call devices computers anymore despite the fact we rely on them more than ever. Still, every November 30, those...

Ways to Celebrate Computer Security Day