Almost 20 million records exposed in breach affecting Quest and LabCorp

Executive Summary Financial, healthcare and other personal / private information is a treasure trove for criminals and the proliferation of online records (payment, healthcare, etc.) and data sharing between entities (e.g., web portals for accessing healthcare records, payment portals for both B2B and B2C payment processing, etc.) gives these criminals countless opportunities to find data […]

Data protection for humans. What are the basics (and how can you protect your data with stuff you already have)?

I recently had a conversation about data protection, specifically protecting the confidentiality and integrity of sensitive data.  Over the course of that conversation, realized that there is a LOT of confusion on the topic. How do we protect data? When does the data have to be protected? What constitutes protected?  Ultimately, we discovered that the […]

Cyber Attack on the City of Atlanta – A stark reminder of the need for and importance of ethical hacking

Thursday morning (22 March, 2018), the City of Atlanta’s computer systems fell victim to what’s being called a ‘cyber attack’. According to the information that we’ve seen thus far, the attack is apparently a ransomware attack demanding payment in exchange for the decryption keys to unlock the affected data. According to news articles, local, state […]

Quick OpEd on MIT anonymizing network Riffle

Researchers at MIT have recently released a whitepaper detailing Riffle, “An Efficient Communication System With Strong Anonymity” that was quickly picked up by a number of news outlets including ThreatPost.  There’s plenty of details in the PDF and linked articles but, for the TL;DR crowd, a couple of things stand out that I think are […]