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Viewing entries tagged with 'data safety'

Breach Case 6: Reusing and recycling Neil Sanson
29 November 2017

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A recent data breach incident gave us an example of how trying to be careful in one respect can lead to unintended bad consequences in other ways.

Rodents and hackers Colin Trotter
29 September 2017

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I don’t usually converse in metaphors and analogies but bear with me as I liken hackers to rodents and discuss security in keeping both of them at bay.

Breach Case 5: Taking client files offsite Neil Sanson
4 August 2017

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You keep your home safe, don’t you? So there should be no problem taking some work notes home, rather than travel the extra distance to drop them off at the office at the end of the day; or to have to pick them up in the morning at the office. You are saving time and avoiding unnecessary travel. But homes do get burgled, thousands in any month.

If you spot a security flaw, tell CERT NZ Neil Sanson
4 August 2017

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Computer systems always seem to have problems and vulnerabilities. Some data breaches occur because of those vulnerabilities. If you spot a vulnerability or security flaw in a website, you can first report it to the organisation. They are generally happy to hear about a problem, so they can fix it.

When governments get data protection wrong Charles Mabbett
2 August 2017

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“I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” The former US President Ronald Reagan famously said these were the “nine most terrible words in the English language” that anyone could expect to hear.

Making privacy tick Sophie Richardson
5 July 2017

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How far can you trust a product or service with your personal information? Our office wants to create a way for consumers to know if they are using a service or product that will protect their privacy and personal information.

Breach Case 4: Testing with real data Neil Sanson
9 June 2017

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Sometimes it seems a good idea to use real production data in a test environment. But doing so means security becomes even more important if you want to stop things going wrong.

Breach case 3: Catches win matches Neil Sanson
7 April 2017

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A recent data breach provided an example of how it is sometimes possible to catch a breach as it is happening and avert potential harm.