Can Blockchain Technology Offer Transparency to the Privacy & Security of Our Data?

Anne Canfield, writing for, gives us a brief description of why we need new cryptographic advances and a privacy protocol that delivers blockchain’s advantages. She envisions a decentralized social network that uses nodes to sign a smart contract between new ‘friends’ where posts, statuses and pictures are stored and shared with via the InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) network protocol.

What New NIST Guidelines Mean for Passwords

More than 80 percent of all data breaches appear to take advantage of stolen or weak password credentials. In this article, Brett McDowell discusses the new National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recommendations on “strong passwords” designed to make password creation more secure for everyone. 

McDowell explains the three basic types, or levels, of application protection, the vulnerabilities of one-time passcodes (OTPs), and authentication methods the NIST recommends now in light of today’s increasingly sophisticated cyberthreat horizon. 

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Law Is Coming: What You Need to Know

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) law, which takes effect on May 25, 2018 – just two months away – imposes a strict set of requirements on how and why companies collect and use the personal data of EU individuals. 

For example, this worldwide requirement enables individuals in the EU to limit and control how international businesses collect, process and use their personal information. It allows them to decide what information they share, and it provides individuals with the “right to be forgotten.”

If you currently have EU customer information and don’t comply with the GDPR requirements, you could face fines of €20 million or 4 percent of your global annual revenue, whichever is higher.

If you have EU clients or customers, chances are it will affect you. Read up on GDPR in Adweek this week.

The Periodic Table of Cybersecurity Startups

Cybersecurity is a quickly evolving field, with scads of startups across many categories, from secure communications, predictive intelligence and deception security to IIoT, cyber insurance and investors. 

The folks at CBInsights have compiled a clever Periodic Table of companies and categories of service that can give you a quick orientation. The article includes direct links to the leading companies in most of the categories. It’s the 10,000-foot view that is often missing in more narrowly focused articles.  

Outsourced cybersecurity staff, one way healthcare is getting around the talent shortage

The overarching cybersecurity theme of summer 2017 is shaping up to be a widespread infosec talent shortage against the backdrop of fear that arose after the WannaCry ransomware threats happened. Adding to the chaos are predictions that more attacks are not only coming, but will be far worse when they hit.

That scenario is opening doors for managed security services providers, managed detection and response firms and virtual CISOs contracting with hospitals to keep them safe.