A coding mistake by an electronic health records vendor has resulted in a data breach impacting thousands of United Kingdom patients. But the incident also serves as a reminder to healthcare entities in the U.S. and elsewhere about the variety of data privacy and security risks vendors can pose.
Google says it closely vets third-party party applications that peek into Gmail boxes. But an investigation by the Wall Street Journal raises questions if consumers are fully aware of the consequences of granting access to third-party apps and the practices of email-scanning companies.
Companies are sending notification emails about a data breach at Typeform, a software-as-a-service platform for distributing and managing surveys, questionnaires and competitions. The breach is so far known to affect Travelodge, Fortnum & Mason, Monzo bank and the Tasmanian Electoral Commission.
Much more must be done to shore up the U.K.'s national infrastructure. "It's partly austerity, and it's partly what's happening in the global economy, but we've really seen an underinvestment, specifically in the critical national infrastructure," says LogRhythm's Ross Brewer.
Old technology never dies, but rather fades "very slowly" away, as evidenced by there being 21 million FTP servers still in use, says Rapid7's Tod Beardsley. Rapid7's scans of the internet have also revealed a worrying number of internet-exposed databases, memcached servers and poorly secured VoIP devices.
California's legislature has quickly introduced and passed new privacy legislation, making the state's laws the strongest in the U.S. The new law gives consumers a raft of new rights, and aims to bring more transparency to the murky trade in people's personal information.
Europe's General Data Protection Regulation is reshaping the way organizations handle data. That's going to have an impact on the sharing of threat intelligence. But the Anti-Phishing Working Group hopes the law will provide legal clarity that will make more organizations comfortable with sharing threat data.
The EU's GDPR is already having an impact on how organizations approach data breach detection and remediation, leading many to rely more strongly on security orchestration and automation, says Allen Rogers of IBM Resilient.
When communications giant Publicis Groupe launched its GDPR compliance project, CISO Thom Langford says, "it was more a case of honing and polishing, rather than building from the ground up," thanks to its existing information security management system and complying with ISO 27001.
Driven by the EU's General Data Protection Regulation and other regulations, as well as the move to the cloud, more organizations are turning to data classification to help them silo and protect their most sensitive information, says Tony Pepper, CEO of Egress.
When June arrives in the United Kingdom, that means it's time for the annual Infosecurity Europe conference in London. Here are visual highlights from this year's event, which featured 240 sessions, 400 exhibitors and an estimated 19,500 attendees.
The U.K.'s Dixons Carphone is investigating a data breach that resulted in the suspected exposure of 5.9 million payment cards and nonfinancial information for 1.2 million customers. The incident could become the first U.K. breach to fall under the EU's General Data Protection Regulation.
One day, organizations may be able to self-certify their GDPR compliance, says an official at the U.K.'s data privacy regulator. Regardless, experts recommend that organizations ensure they are focusing on continuous GDPR compliance and regularly testing their data breach response plans.