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Insights and opinions on data protection, privacy and cybersecurity contributed by thought leaders from around the world.

Ransomware: The Biggest Threat to the Internet of Things

There is now a new breed of highly sophisticated cyber criminals who are attracted by the huge financial gains made possible by highly targeted ransomware attacks. Today, with IoT being adopted across a wide variety of industries, it seems that it’s only a matter of time before cyber criminals take Internet of Things (IoT) devices hostage using ransomware, potentially placing hundreds of thousands of people at risk. In this article, we examine the rising threat of ransomware, the potential impact on the IoT environment and…

Data Privacy in the Era of the Internet of Things

New smart home devices like the Amazon Echo and Google Home are raising numerous legal and privacy issues, primarily because they are recording conversations that you have in your daily life. If you wouldn’t want your friend recording one of your conversations, would you want a digital device doing the same? In this month's lead article, we examine the privacy issues with connected devices and look towards a future with artificial intelligence thrown into the mix.

The Mobile – Miracle Communication Device or Executive Security Menace?

Mobile smartphone usage is now reaching saturation point in the developed world. Increasingly mobile phones are becoming (or have become) indispensable business tools as well as powerful communication devices. However, with great power comes great responsibility – something that seems to have escaped U.S. President Donald Trump who is still using a legacy Android device. In this article we examine just why mobile devices present massive challenges when it comes to data security – and why business users need to be vigilant.

Where’s Your Data? Privacy Challenges for IT Leaders

This article is based on a presentation made during the Data Privacy Asia 2016 conference held on 9-11 November 2016 by well-known and widely respected information security, privacy and compliance expert Rebecca Herold. Rebecca addresses how IT leaders are increasingly challenged by the myriad of physical, legal, political and logical considerations for data residency.

Cyber Attack Season

In this second part of a two part series we will be taking a look at how online retailers are taking steps to mitigate against the almost inevitable threat to data from hackers that seems part and parcel of the holiday buying season.