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The Weekly Roundup 12.11 Edition

by Amy December 11, 2015


Top Cybersecurity Issues to Watch in 2016

Cybersecurity is a consistent threat that is becoming a larger issue as technology continues to advance and more products and processes become vulnerable to hacking. With the new year approaching there are certain cybersecurity issues that we should remain cognizant of in 2016. While some issues like cyberespionage and the government demanding more information from companies may not be issues that we can affect, others have more personal implications. Mobile apps, for example, will continue to become the method of choice to target individuals and steal information. Additionally, the precedent we place on the convenience of apps and online services could be to our detriment as we often overlook privacy and security. To mitigate risk and help to ensure that your personal cybersecurity has minimal vulnerabilities, only use trusted applications and avoid freely offering information to expedite online processes in 2016.

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Every Business Should Have a Security and Encryption Policy

Internal business communications are normally confidential and may contain the personal or financial information of customers. Therefore, to protect customer privacy, it is crucial for businesses to ensure that these communications are secure. The best way to do this is to make sure that all messages are encrypted by the sender’s device and decrypted by the receiver’s device once delivered. Unfortunately, not all encryption techniques are equal so it is important to make sure that any encryption software businesses are using is up to date with the latest standards. As a consumer, it is a good practice to look to see if security is mentioned in an app’s privacy policy. If it is not mentioned, you should be wary as the company may not value the security and privacy of your data.

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A $10 tool can guess and steal your next credit card number

When Samy Kamkar lost his American Express card, he noticed a pattern between the last four digits of his replacement card and his past cards. Eventually, after some research he was able to predict the full number of an individual’s next replacement card. Using this knowledge, Kamkar was able to build a device for $10 that utilizes the number pattern he found. The device can store over 100 credit card numbers and can emit a signal that allows the card to be swiped. If the number on a card is cancelled, the device is able generate the victim’s next card number. Kamkar built this to warn American Express of their security issue. Still, this is cause for concern as other hackers are likely using similar techniques to exploit companies for criminal gain.

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Older Drivers are Okay with Tech Features

Cars are being implemented with the newest high-tech features that can often be complicated. Although these features may be new and difficult to understand, many older drivers are still able to see the value in them. A study done by Hartford/MIT found that nearly all respondents aged 50-69 years old would be willing to buy a car with new auto technologies. Most respondents said they would prefer back-up cameras, blind-spot warning systems, and collision avoidance systems. While many of the other new technological features may not cater as much to an older consumer, they are able to recognize the importance of the new safety features technology brings.

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