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Hacking Health Care: When Cybersecurity Can Mean Life or Death

Millions of Americans rely on implantable medical devices to stay alive. These battery-operated devices communicate through wireless transmissions — and can be hacked like any other wireless device. For example, a wireless pacemaker regulates a person’s heartbeat and records the heart’s activity, and then transmits this information to doctors who can reprogram the pacemaker. The …

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It’s (Not) Academic: Cybersecurity Is a Must for Universities and Academic Medical Centers

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Cutting-edge research institutions need cutting-edge cybersecurity to protect their IP and critical personal and financial data.  Universities hold vast repositories of valuable information, including student healthcare information, patient information from academic medical centers, and financial and personal data from applicants, donors, students, faculty, and staff.  So it’s no surprise hackers have been targeting universities lately—in …

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Three Trending Topics in IoT: Privacy, Security, and Fog Computing

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Cisco has estimated that there will be 50 billion Internet of Things (IoT) devices connected to the Internet by the year 2020. IoT has been a buzzword over the past couple of years. However, the buzz surrounding IoT in the year 2015 has IoT enthusiasts particularly exerted. This year, IoT has taken center stage at …

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Cyber Liability: The Risks of Doing Business in a Digital World

Major security and data breaches have become more prevalent in the past decade. News headlines are dominated by stories of major corporations having networks hacked and subjecting employees’ and customers’ personal, financial and health information to cyber threats. Perhaps one of the following from 2014 will sound familiar: January: Snapchat had the names and phone …

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EU Official Calls for Invalidation of EU–U.S. Safe Harbor Pact

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A European Court of Justice (ECJ) advocate general, Yves Bot, has called for the European Union–U.S. Safe Harbor Agreement to be invalidated due to concerns over U.S. surveillance practices (press release here, opinion here). The ECJ has discretion to reject the recommendation, but such opinions are generally followed. A final decision on the issue is expected to …

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