Privacy becomes a selling point for tech
During the recent Apple media event in March, Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke frequently about Apple’s commitment to security and privacy, and their stellar privacy reputation. Privacy and security has now become a major selling point for companies, including Microsoft and other industry peers. These companies recognize consumer privacy concerns may impact tech investment decisions, both today
and in the future.
Even Facebook, a major privacy violator, announced plans to “pivot to privacy” by investing more in “encrypted, ephemeral messaging.” Only time will tell if Facebook truly will take steps to secure user data and respect user privacy.
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Education Gets an ‘F’ in Cybersecurity
Security Score Card, “a company that performs security ratings on IT infrastructure risks” analyzed 17 industries, with education coming in “second to last” in cybersecurity. Data at risk in the education sector includes “names, addresses, Social Security numbers, test scores and behavioral assessments.” They also sited that the use of “software-as-a- service” doesn’t protect schools. The report also cited that computer- based assessments can pose “extra
privacy and cybersecurity concerns” because the PII collected “could be used to identify students.” The education industry does not seem to be prepared to deal with malicious threats, and needs to do more to secure data. The full report can be reviewed (with registration) on the SecurityScoreCard website.
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