Privacy

7 cyber defense use cases

Whether facing data loss, ransomware, fraud or privacy threats, agencies can leverage technology and process solutions to help them prevent and respond to attacks.

The 10 biggest doubts executives and IT managers have about the cloud

What do IT leaders have confidence in? Not government regulations, exit strategies or data privacy, according to a new survey.

Agency breaches are down, but exposed records are way up

Government has eliminated a lot of low-hanging fruit, but the number of records exposed is increasing by millions each year, according to a Rapid7 analysis.

3 simple tricks for defeating hackers on the road

In certain places, traveling feds can almost count on an attempt to steal information from their laptops. Here are ways to give them the old Willy Wonka.

Scrap the app: Smart-phone users getting wary over privacy

People are starting to get suspicious about what apps take from them, and are declining to download, a Pew study shows.

Software in some FDA laptops tracks employees’ activities

Reportedly concerned about unauthorized disclosures, FDA officials installed monitoring software on some scientists’ laptops. The scientists say the action is in retaliation for blowing the whistle.

FBI to open facial recognition searches to police nationwide

A pilot project that started in Michigan will give police in in several states access to a database of nearly 13 million mug shots.

Gauss malware, Apple iPhone show what encryption can do

Agencies wondering whether to encrypt their data or mobile devices should take note of the trouble encryption is giving security researchers and the worries it gives the Justice Department.

DDOS attack of rare power behind WikiLeaks take-down

The attack, which started Aug. 3, started as WikiLeaks was releasing information on an allegedly secret, sophisticated surveillance program.

Managed service can help organizations meet HIPAA privacy rules

HIPAA Essential from StillSecure can help organizations meet the requirements of the HITECH Act.

License plate scanners: Useful tools, but what about all that data?

The systems, which can capture up to thousands of images per hour, are increasingly popular with police but are raising privacy conerns.

'Destructive' cyber attacks ahead, NSA's Alexander warns

The National Security Agency chief wants network-speed info sharing with the private sector to protect critical infrastructure, but insists NSA won't have time to read your e-mail.

Twitter OKs most government requests for user account info

Twitter's transparency report shows it complies with most government requests for user account information, but sometimes the government has to use some legal muscle.

McCain’s retooled Secure IT act still a privacy threat, critics say

The controversial bill has been amended to protect civil liberties, but fails to win over critics who see it as an expansion of military authority and a threat to personal privacy.

Hack at U of Nebraska shows university data at risk

Higher education is not immune from the scourge of data breaches, as the recent exposure of more than 650,000 records at the University of Nebraska demonstrates.

Beware UN regulation of the Internet, panel warns

Some nations want more regulation of the Internet, and would give control to the ITU. U.S. government and industry officials say that's a bad idea.

Anonymous comments: Some NY lawmakers say no; what say you?

A bill in the New York legislature would eliminate anonymous comments posted online. Aside from First Amendment concerns for the general public, what would such a law mean to government employees?