Tag Archives: cyber security

Protecting Security (and Reputation) in a Tech-Heavy Culture

Unbeknownst to many, National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) is upon us. What does this mean for the average online user? It’s likely time to evaluate the ways that you go about using the Web and social media, as well as the information that you share through all of your online behaviors. We’ve come to acknowledge the general rule of thumb that “once you put information out there, it’s out there forever.” But when we’re going about our daily online lives, are we really taking the precautions necessary to protect ourselves and our identities?

Organizations like the National Cyber Security Alliance are leading the charge this month to broaden awareness about the right precautions that both individuals and organizations need to take in order to keep their information secure in our global culture of TMI (aka “too much information,” or over-sharing).

Big Data and Privacy: Paradoxes and Opportunities

Last week the Future of Privacy Forum and Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society hosted a highly interactive meeting of the minds to discuss the most significant challenges to and opportunities for harnessing big data both effectively and ethically. For those who were able to attend, we got to participate in spirited debates about the roles of the private sector, government, consumers and privacy advocates alike in structuring workable standards that respect the privacy of those whose data is being collected, analyzed and, hopefully, protected. For those who were unable to make it, here are four big takeaways that represent the state of the dialogue and what we can expect as this hot topic plays out among decision makers and academics with a stake in the future of big data:

  1. No one can agree on how to produce standards for privacy and data analysis. Participants at the conference highlighted the fact that significant disagreement remains about the value of the data itself. Indeed, various schools of thought assign the value within the data analysis process elsewhere, essentially placing much higher value on the inferences drawn from the data, rather than the raw data. The dialogue here turns very scientific, but suffice to say, a long road lies ahead as researchers, lawmakers, businesses and regulatory bodies map out a standardized way of discussing big data and all of the associated outcomes of data analysis.

Trsst: Successful Kickstarter is an Open-Source Social Network with an Eye on Security

With a successful Kickstarter campaign, Trsst.com is setting out to change social media and security.

D.C. area digital entrepreneur Michael Powers is the man behind Trsst.com, a new open source social network. Trsst.com will operate like the love child of Google Reader and Twitter, according to the folks at Wired Magazine, letting  users “…post your own stream of consciousness to the web but also read all sorts of online feeds streaming in from elsewhere.”

The new social network was developed over the recent concerns over security, especially who sees and handles your information. Here’s the secret: The application won’t sit on one special server owned by one company but will be accessible from competing providers offering the service, sort of like how email companies work today, where you can receive a Hotmail message on your Gmail.  The service will also have the ability for you to encrypt direct messages and information at your own choosing and, most importantly, know if someone is tampering with your messages.