Secretary of Defense James Mattis is actively considering banning US military and civilian personnel from bringing their personal cell phones into the Pentagon, the world's largest office building, according to three US defense officials familiar with an ongoing review of the issue.
The officials told that while the issue is under review and a final decision has not been made, the recent revelations that a fitness tracking app that maps people's exercise habits could pose security risks for US troops has only underscored the need for the review. The officials added that the review was ordered after Mattis expressed his intent to ban personal cell phones in the Pentagon.Read more
The German data protection agency has ordered Facebook to stop collecting user data from its WhatsApp messenger app and delete any data it has already received.
The social network announced in August that it would begin sharing data from its 1 billion-plus user base, including phone numbers, from WhatsApp users with Facebook for the purpose of targeted ads. It gave users the option of opting out of the data being used for advertising purposes, but did not allow them to opt out of the data sharing between WhatsApp and Facebook.Read more
Do you know the weakest link in the security chain that protects your personal data, banking files and other kinds of critical information? It’s you. For years there was one great threat that no security system could truly stand against: the human factor.
Nowadays, IT pros from security departments answer the question of what to allow and disallow: prohibit too much and employees will start to ignore rules or they will not be able to work efficiently. Give them too much freedom and you risk critical corporate information and their precious personal files draining away at data signaling speed. There will never be a balance until we learn that we are responsible for the data leakages that we cause.Read more