Safely move on from COVID-19 News Roundup – 28th November 2019

Tech giants watch our every move online. Does that violate our human rights?

In this fascinating article for the Guardian, Julia Carrie Wong discusses how a recent Amnesty International report has proposed that we must stop allowing data collection to continue on the scale it has been and see it as an abuse of our human rights, despite claims that data collection is implicit to how the internet works.

Read the full article here.

Black Friday: Five helpful tips from a cybersecurity expert

With the Black Friday sales just around the corner, Martin Bester on his brilliant breakfast radio show on JacarandaFM spoke to cybersecurity expert Brian Pinnock who shared five helpful tips about how to stay safe in the online sales and not to get ripped off.

Read the full article here.

As the Internet turns 50

This year, the Internet would have existed for 50 years. Chintan Patel explores the origins of the internet in this thought-provoking article for TechRadar, and where the future could lead as in 2022 there will be more traffic crossing the internet in that year than in its entire 50-year history.

Read the full article here.

Cybersecurity for Small Business

The ASRC, at the New York City University Graduate Center, in collaboration with various New York-based organizations, are offering a workshop to provide knowledge and training on cybersecurity to small businesses. A panel of experts will discuss threats, best practises and available tools to mitigate risk in what is sure to be a fantastic event on December 5.

Find out more here.

VIDEO: “Not All Cybercriminals Are Evil Geniuses”

Graham Cluley has released this fantastic video of a talk he gave at IRISSCON in Dublin on the media’s sensationalised portrayals of cybercriminals and discusses how reality subverts this idea.

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Justice Department updates drone policy to require cybersecurity evaluation

In this fascinating article for the Verge, Aliya Chaudhry outlines how the U.S. Justice Department has revised its drone policy to replace the existing policy guidance following an announcement on Wednesday. Although it retains the same terminology as the current policy, this proposal addresses privacy and cybersecurity considerations.

Read the full article here.

Pointless emails: they’re not just irritating – they have a massive carbon footprint

In this fascinating article for the Guardian, Stephen Moss explores what the carbon footprint of our online behaviour is and how we can reduce it after a new study, conducted by the energy company OVO, found that adults in the UK send more than 64 million unnecessary emails every day, as well as how sending one less email a day could save more than 16,433 tonnes of carbon each year.

Read the full article here.

Why disaster recovery makes the ransomware debate irrelevant

Becoming a victim of a ransomware attack can have catastrophic consequences for a company or even a government organisation, however this post, for TechRadar Pro, explores how the best strategy to manage a ransomware attack is to plan for the worst.

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Smashing Security #156: Better safe than Sony

In this fantastic episode of Graham Cluley’s podcast Smashing Security, Cluley and Carole Theriault look back at the Sony pictures security breach five years after the event and the effects and reactions to it.

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ICO submits Age Appropriate Design Code of Practice to government

The Information Commissioner’s Office published an article detailing how it has submitted its final version of its new age-appropriate design code of practice to the Secretary of State on Friday. Referred to as the Kids Code, the policy will be presented to Parliament before it comes into effect.

Read the full article here.

Study Shows Only 12% of Companies Are Ready For New CCPA Data Privacy Regulation

In this interesting article for CPO magazine Nicole Lindsey explores how, with just six weeks before the arrival of the California Consumer Privacy Act on January 1, data privacy tech company Ethyca has conducted a study revealing how prepared, or unprepared, companies are ahead of the new regulation.

Read the full article here.

The California DMV Is Making $50M a Year Selling Drivers’ Personal Information

Joseph Cox details in this brilliant article how a document obtained by Motherboard shows how the Californian DMV has been selling names, addresses, and other private information to create revenue.

Read the full article here.

Three Areas to Consider, to Focus Your Cyber-Plan

In this fascinating article for ThreatPost, Justin Jett discusses the three main fields where security professionals should concentrate their efforts to counter attacks, as a recent study reveals that half of all companies do not have the means to stop malicious actors.

Read the full article here.

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