Friday, June 12, 2015

The impact of security breaches are often understated in the initial announcements. (Possibly better than overstating.) But repeated “corrections,” each increasing the scope of the breach, really undermines the organizations credibility. Worse is having another group point out that you understated the breach. (By the way, how many people is that?)
Federal Union Says OPM Data Breach Hit Every Single Federal Employee
The American Federation of Government Employees claimed Thursday that all federal employees and retirees, as well as one million former federal employees, had their personal information stolen in the federal data breach disclosed by the Office of Personnel Management last week. If accurate, the claim–which was presented in a letter from the union’s president to the OPM–would expand the impact of the breach far beyond the four million federal employees the OPM said were impacted upon disclosing the breach last Thursday.
AFGE President J. David Cox, who represents more than 670,000 federal employees in the union, began his letter to OPM Director Katherine Archuleta by saying that “very little substantive information had been shared” with the union.
… On top of that, Cox said he believed that the government hadn’t encrypted the Social Security numbers, which he called a “cybersecurity failure that is absolutely indefensible and outrageous.” In his closing, Cox described the breach as an “abysmal failure” by the OPM to “guard data that has been entrusted to it by the federal workforce.”

Sure to be something interesting!
Big Parenting': How data and technology are changing our families
The annual Security and Human Behavior Workshop is not your average technology show. There are only a few dozen participants, and they are handpicked. There are no formal presentations, just quick 10-minute talks followed by a half-hour or more of free-flowing discussion. And the prized participants aren’t computer scientists. They are behavioral economists, medical experts, even magicians.
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For my Computer Security students.
State-by-State Listing of Data Loss and Freedom of Information Legislation
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on Jun 11, 2015
DataLossDB – Open Security Foundation: “In order to request data breach notification reports from governments, several critieria need to exist. The state must have Freedom of Information or Open Records legislation. The state must have Breach Notification legislation, and the state must require notifications to a centralized authority (like an Attorney General, or a Consumer Protection division). At this time, only 12 states meet the requirements for gathering Primary Sources. 35 states have data loss notification legislation, but no centralized reporting. 4 states have no data loss notification legislation. See our Federal Data Breach Notification Legislation page for our analysis of federal legislation.”

For my Intro to IT studnets.
Think Before You Post: Can You Be Sued For Libelous Tweets and Facebook Posts?
In most countries around the world, saying or writing something that’s untrue and harms the reputation of another person is a civil offense. While this has been the case for centuries, most people were essentially immune from prosecution — unless you had a public platform reaching a wide audience, meeting the bar for defamation was next to impossible.
Social media changed this.
Now anyone with a Facebook or Twitter account can theoretically reach the entire Internet using population. If the message being shared is positive, the Internet can do wonderful things. If the message being shared is defamatory, there might be a very expensive lawsuit.

I've been saying this for years. Consumer complaints apparently do not outweigh Monopoly PACs.
U.S. Internet users pay more and have fewer choices than Europeans
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on Jun 11, 2015
“More than a quarter of Americans cannot go online at home to check their children’s grades at school, apply for jobs, pay bills or research health issues. They don’t have what has become a crucial service for participation in modern society: Internet service at home. The proportion of households with Internet service had been rising steadily for decades, according to the Pew Research Center, until the past few years when the adoption rate slowed. One reason? The high cost of broadband and the lack of competition that leads to those high prices. A Center for Public Integrity analysis of Internet prices in five U.S. cities and five comparable French cities found that prices in the U.S. were as much as 3 ½ times higher than those in France for similar service. The analysis shows that consumers in France have a choice between a far greater number of providers — seven on average — than those in the U.S., where most residents can get service from no more than two companies. The Center’s analysis echoes the findings of several studies on Internet pricing disparities worldwide.”

Technology changes fast and significantly. (Digest Item #3)
Twitter Breaks 140-Character Limit
Twitter is removing the 140-character limit for direct messages (Dms). Instead, from July, private messages sent via Twitter can be up to 10,000 characters in length. Which is a rather extreme change by any standards you care to mention. Public posts, more commonly known as tweets, will still be limited to 140 characters.
The character limit for private messages never really made much sense, and this change is well overdue. Developers are being warned in advance in order to reduce the chances of apps using the Twitter API from breaking.

Need a good example of inflation?
Zimbabwe finally ditches ‘worthless’ currency for the US dollar
… the RBZ said that accounts “with balances of zero to Z$175 quadrillion will be paid a flat US$5”.
“Hyperinflation” does not begin to explain the monetary problems in Zimbabwe, which denominates currencies with this many zeroes: 000,000,000,000.

Need a good example of wishful thinking?
Russia's military modernization plans, Armata tank imposing high cost on country
… President Vladimir Putin's expensive arms build-up faces major hurdles as Russia's economy sinks under the weight of Western sanctions and falling oil prices. The 22-trillion ruble (about $400-billion) program, which envisages the acquisition of 2,300 new tanks, hundreds of aircraft and missiles and dozens of navy ships, was conceived back at the time when Russia's coffers were brimming with petrodollars.

I'm not sure I understand this slideshow, and I probably should.
An investment bank made this epic presentation on the future of digital media
Investment banker Terrence Kawaja, founder and CEO of LUMA Partners, the company famed for its LUMAscapes, has a new, epic presentation on the state of digital media.
It takes a specific focus on digital media and marketing. The central themes are around "open" platforms versus "closed" ones.
The top 5 trends LUMA picks out for 2015 and beyond are: Programmatic, mobile, omnichannel/personalization, identity, and convergent TV.

For my Business Intelligence students.
Why marketers are betting big on predictive analytics
… Tapping into the analytics trend that's being felt throughout the business world as a whole, predictive marketing applies algorithms and machine learning to big data to help marketers direct their efforts in the most profitable directions. Predictive-analytics tools can help marketers gauge ahead of time what a particular customer will buy, for example, as well as when and how much. Equipped with that information, companies can tailor their campaigns accordingly.
Amazon is a shining example: Its recommendations engine reportedly accounts for roughly 30 percent of the company's sales.

A freebie for my Data Governance students.
DCIM for Dummies e-book
Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) is the discipline of managing the physical infrastructure of a data center and optimizing its ongoing operation.

For my students who read (both of them)
Listen Up, Book Lovers: 10 of the Best Podcasts for Bibliophiles
… As a proud bibliophile myself, I am thrilled to get the chance to share some of my favorite podcasts about books and literature, as well as some crowd-sourced suggestions I wish I had been listening to for years.
There is some solid content here, so if you have the time to spare and are always on the lookout for great book recommendations, look no further. These will keep your “to read” list full, and offer some insightful commentary into the lives of authors everywhere.

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