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Category Archives: E-Records

Symantec – Government agencies and private sector businesses are drowning in information

Navigating Information Governance – “In addition to managing the growing variety, velocity, and volume of data, they must:

  • Meet information transparency objectives
  • Respond quickly to eDiscovery requirements
  • Manage Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and internal investigations
  • Comply with records management regulations
  • With data requirements skyrocketing, how can organizations leverage information governance to meet this tidal wave head on while ensuring data security?

To find out, Symantec recently surveyed 152 Federal government and 153 private sector attorneys, IT executives, FOIA agents, and records managers to examine barriers to and benefits of achieving true enterprise-wide information governance.” Today’s information governance is inadequate:

  • Nearly three-quarters of respondents’ organizations(74%) have a formal, enterprise-wide information governance strategy, but just one in five say it’s very effective

Data security is at risk:

  • Just 37% give their organizations an “A” for data protection, 28% for data discovery, and 26% for data management
  • Forty-four percent of respondents say that data security and protection is the single largest information governance-risk their organizations will face if not addressed

Organizations must make investments in technology and training:

  • Respondents believe their organization should take the following steps to ensure effective, enterprise-wide information governance programs: Improve training (46%), educate end users on the importance of records (46%), and improve technology (43%)
  • During the next two years, organizations say they are most likely to invest in security software, document management, data loss prevention, and backup..”

Home Depot Reports Findings in Payment Data Breach Investigation

News release: “The Home Depot®, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, today disclosed additional findings related to the recent breach of its payment data systems. The findings are the result of weeks of investigation by The Home Depot, in cooperation with law enforcement and the company’s third-party IT security experts. Additional Investigation Details Disclosed – InContinue Reading

Bitcoin over Tor isn’t a good idea – Paper

Paper by Alex Biryukov, Ivan Pustogarov “Bitcoin is a decentralized P2P digital currency in which coins are generated by a distributed set of miners and transaction are broadcasted via a peer-to-peer network. While Bitcoin provides some level of anonymity (or rather pseudonymity) by encouraging the users to have any number of random-looking Bitcoin addresses, recent research shows that this level ofContinue Reading

Safeguarding the Personal Information of all People – ODNI

Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) – Safeguarding the Personal Information of all People, July 2014. “As the President said in his speech on January 17, 2014, “the challenges posed by threats like terrorism, proliferation, and cyber-attacks are not going away any time soon, and for our intelligence community to be effective over theContinue Reading

Retired NSA Technical Director Explains Snowden Docs

New Data Release from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

FCW.com: “A new government database that debuted Sept. 30 offers information on financial connections between doctors and teaching hospitals and pharmaceutical firms and medical device manufacturers. The open-data play by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services was mandated under provisions of the 2010 health care overhaul. The inaugural data dump covers $3.5 billion in payments fromContinue Reading

A Review of Security Requirements for Local Number Portability Administration

A Review of Security Requirements for Local Number Portability Administration, The Chertoff Group, September 29, 2014: “For years, Americans have had the legal right to keep their wireless and wireline telephone numbers when switching carriers, and they frequently exercise this right. Carriers must constantly keep track of this switching of carriers in order to route telephone callsContinue Reading

Appeals Court Limits Military Surveillance of Civilian Internet Use

“The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled in United States v. Dreyer that an agent for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service violated Defense Department regulations and the Posse Comitatus Act when he conducted a surveillance operation in Washington state to identify civilians who might be sharing illegal files. The 1878 Act prevents the U.S.Continue Reading

New GAO Reports – Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Prisons, CFPB, ID Theft, Oil and Gas Transportation, Affordable Care Act

ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS: The Corps Needs to Take Steps to Identify All Projects and Studies Eligible for Deauthorization, GAO-14-699: Published: Aug 21, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 22, 2014. BUREAU OF PRISONS: Management of New Prison Activations Can Be Improved, GAO-14-709: Published: Aug 22, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 22, 2014. CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU:Some Privacy and Security Procedures for Data CollectionsContinue Reading

The Evolution of US Government Restrictions on Using and Exporting Encryption Technologies

CIA approved for release 9/12/2014 – redacted: The Evolution of US Government Restrictions on Using and Exporting Encryption Technologies, Michael Schwartzbeck. “In the last year, several academic, commercial, and free speech advocates have seriously jeopardized the US government’s legal right to control encryption.”

FBI Says Biometric Database has Reached “Full Operational Capability”

“The FBI announced that the Next Generation Identification system, one of the largest biometric databases in the world, has reached “full operational capability.” In 2013, EPIC filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit about the NGI program. EPIC obtained documents that revealed an acceptance of a 20% error rate in facial recognition searches. Earlier this year, EPIC joined a coalition ofContinue Reading

A day in the life of a data mined kid – report

Adrienne Hill: “Education, like pretty much everything else in our lives these days, is driven by data. Our childrens’ data. A whole lot of it. Nearly everything they do at school can be — and often is — recorded and tracked, and parents don’t always know what information is being collected, where it’s going, or how it’sContinue Reading