Some 2.6 billion data records exposed in first half of 2018

The newly-released report provides an overview of the data breach landscape in the first half of this year. The first half of 2018 saw 2,308 publicly disclosed data breaches that resulted in the exposure of approximately 2.6 billion user records, a report from cyberthreat intelligence company Risk Based Security has shown. This represents a drop from … More Some 2.6 billion data records exposed in first half of 2018

£120,000 fine for university after details of 20,000 staff and students exposed in data breach

The University of Greenwich has received a fine of £120,000 because of the substantial damage and substantial distress caused by a security breach that exposed the personal information of 20,000 people. It’s called “Shadow IT”, and it’s a problem that has now cost a British university £120,000 (over US $160,000) following a serious security breach. … More £120,000 fine for university after details of 20,000 staff and students exposed in data breach

Researchers reveal flaws that may expose encrypted emails to prying eyes

A team of academics says that, if exploited, the vulnerabilities can reveal the plain text of encrypted emails, including those sent years ago. The widely-used OpenPGP and S/MIME email encryption protocols suffer from weaknesses that may ultimately expose the plain text of encrypted messages to attackers, according to a team of eight academics from German and Belgian universities, who … More Researchers reveal flaws that may expose encrypted emails to prying eyes

Are firms and regulators prepared for GDPR?

The answer may hinge on if you’re a glass-half-full or glass-half-empty kind of person. While we’re at it, how about regulators’ level of preparedness, anyway? With the enforcement of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) just two weeks away on May 25 , organizations in the United Kingdom are further ahead in their preparations to … More Are firms and regulators prepared for GDPR?

One in five healthcare employees willing to sell patient data, study finds

Almost one in five (18%) employees in the healthcare industry in the United States and Canada said that they would be willing to give access to confidential medical data about patients to an unauthorized outsider for financial gain, a survey for Accenture has revealed. They would expect no more than $500 to $1,000 for their login credentials … More One in five healthcare employees willing to sell patient data, study finds

Concerns about data breaches hitting all-time high

Organizations from various industries across the globe are increasingly hip to the magnitude of the problem posed by data breaches, with 44% of them feeling “very” or “extremely” vulnerable to data threats, according to some of the key takeaways from the global edition of Thales’ 2018 Data Threat Report. This is a sharp increase from 30% … More Concerns about data breaches hitting all-time high