Technology is no panacea, including for combating COVID-19. While that might sound obvious, it's worth repeating because some governments continue to hype contact-tracing apps. Such apps won't magically identify every potential exposure. But they could make manual contact-tracing programs more effective.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report analyzes the rising costs of ransomware attacks and the latest victims. Also featured: An assessment of Australia's new contact-tracing app designed to help battle the spread of COVID-19, and a discussion of applying the "zero trust" model to the remote workforce.
As Google and Apple prepare to offer a jointly developed infrastructure for contact-tracing smartphone apps to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a privacy advocacy group, is raising concerns about the risks involved.
A shareholder has filed a lawsuit against LabCorp and 12 of its executives and directors - including the medical testing company's CIO - over two data breaches, including the 2019 breach of one of its vendors, American Medical Collection Agency, which affected millions of patients.
Before COVID-19, the privacy discussion this year was mainly about the California Consumer Privacy Act. Now it's about healthcare data sharing, contact tracing and monitoring remote workers. Omer Tene of the IAPP discusses the pandemic's influence on global privacy concerns.
Four CISOs, two CEOs, one global crisis. These are the ingredients for an exclusive panel discussion on how enterprises have emerged from the cybersecurity challenges of COVID-19 and how they are building the foundation for an entirely new way to live and work post-pandemic.
Somewhat lost in the COVID-19 pandemic and remote workforce issues: 5G technology deployment. Olivera Zatezalo, CSO of Huawei Technologies Canada, discusses cybersecurity and privacy challenges - and Huawei's role in addressing them.
Apple and Google have promised to help facilitate contact-tracing apps, but they've rejected calls to give users' location data to governments, as the U.K., France and some U.S. states are demanding. In response, Germany is among those now backing a privacy-preserving, decentralized model.
Nearly 10 months after Facebook and the FTC agreed to a record-setting $5 billion settlement over misuse of user data, a federal judge has finally signed off on the deal, while questioning the adequacy of laws governing major technology firms.
Less than 24 hours after the Australian government released its COVID-19 contact-tracing app Sunday, nearly 2 million people had downloaded it. As security and privacy experts review the app, one outstanding question is if the public will trust it enough to reach the public health target of 10 million users.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Britain's privacy watchdog has signaled that although privacy rights and transparency - as enshrined under GDPR - remain paramount, it will take a more "flexible" regulatory approach. But this is no data breach "get out of jail" card, legal experts warn.
Australia's pandemic contact-tracing app may be released by the end of the month. The app will collect names and phone numbers, enabling health authorities to contact those who've been exposed to people who have been infected with COVID-19.
Apple is now preparing final patches for two zero-day vulnerabilities that a security firm says have been exploited by certain attackers to seize control of iPhone and iPad email apps, giving them access to users' messages.
Many governments are pursuing contact-tracing apps to combat COVID-19, but such projects risk subjecting populations to invasive, long-term surveillance - as well as insufficient adoption - unless they take an open, transparent and as decentralized approach, says cybersecurity expert Alan Woodward.