About half of the information technology and security professionals asked whether they use external cloud-based services for sensitive or confidential data said they did -- but their approaches to encrypting data in the cloud vary widely, according to the findings of the survey published today.
We put more and more of ourselves in the cloud every day. E-mail, device settings, data synchronization between devices, and access to much of our digital selves is tied to a handful of cloud service accounts with Google, Apple, Microsoft, Dropbox, and others. As demonstrated dramatically over the last week, those accounts are easily put at risk if they’re too interconnected—especially since the weakest link in cloud security may be the employees of the providers themselves.
No one is more vigilant about protecting the data of EU citizens than European Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding. She is spearheading and vigorously advocating for the Commission's proposals to update and modernize the privacy framework in Europe through a detailed new Regulation. She worries a lot about the privacy and security of EU citizens' data. And she can be a tough critic of the US privacy protection framework.
Researchers have devised an attack against a Microsoft-developed authentication scheme that makes it trivial to break the encryption used by hundreds of anonymity and security services, including the iPredator virtual private network offered to users of The Pirate Bay.