Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Nobody drags out a straightforward process like the government.
Victims of the breach still have not been notified. OPM will start sending postal laters “later this month.”
The government will spend $133 million on identity theft protection services. With options, it could go up to $330 million. ID Experts (Identity Theft Guard Solutions LLC) got the gig to provide the service, which will provide three years of credit monitoring and $1 million in identity restoration insurance to affected employees and their minor children.
CSID got the gig to provide services to the 4.2 million employees whose personal data was compromised in the initial reports of the breach.

A heads-up to my lawyer friends.
Jeff Stein reports:
Marion “Spike” Bowman, a top former FBI lawyer and U.S. counterintelligence official who heads an influential organization of retired American spies, says a hacker from China penetrated his home computer, beginning with an innocent-looking email last spring.
Read more on Newsweek.

BYOA (Bring your own App) is becoming mainstream.
Enterprise App Stores Continue to Evolve
Apps are increasingly the way we get things done, in our personal lives and at work – and sometimes in a fuzzy space between the two.
The app store quickly became the delivery method of choice for purchasing personal mobile apps, thanks to Apple, which has seen a mind-boggling number of purchases from its app store. (Half a billion dollars for apps and in-app purchases in the first week of 2015 alone, according to Apple.)
In the enterprise, though, it's a bit more complicated. While some companies are OK with employees purchasing their own productivity apps for work, they struggle with concerns over security, compatibility and compliance with enterprise standards. Despite these concerns, the phenomenon of employees using their own apps at work is so popular it has earned an acronym: BYOA, for bring your own app.
… Concerned companies do have options. A fairly large, and growing, number of software companies have their own app stores where folks can purchase enterprise apps. Hootsuite, for example, announced this week that its App Directory, introduced in late 2011 and featuring 140-plus apps and integrations for apps including Zendesk, Marketo and IBM SilverPop Engage, has seen more than 2 million installs.
The directory is focused on social media management, said Hootsuite Director of Product Marketing Kevin Quan in an email. It gives Hootsuite customers "the ability to use the best-of-breed business applications and extensions that work for their unique needs," he said. "Through the Hootsuite App Directory we are able to extend social across all cross functional departments in any organization."
Other software companies offering enterprise app stores include ServiceNow, which earlier this year introduced an app store with more than 80 applications built on its cloud service management platform, and SugarCRM, which launched an app store for users of its CRM software in May.

(Related) Of course, there is a downside...
Mobile Gambling Apps Expose Enterprise Data: Report
According to Veracode, on average, multiple gambling apps are installed in an enterprise environment, and many of these programs are plagued by critical vulnerabilities that can result in privacy breaches and enterprise data theft.
… Mobile gambling apps are often offered for free, but include advertising software development kits (SDKs) that send user information to third-party servers and can allow outsiders to track individuals and steal corporate intellectual property.
Earlier this year, IBM’s Application Security Research Team conducted a study of 41 popular dating applications for Android and determined that more than 60 percent of them are potentially vulnerable to cyberattacks.
Mobile applications can pose serious risk to enterprise data, customers and security in general, so it is especially important for organizations to be able to identify these apps,” Adam Ely, Founder and COO of Bluebox, wrote in a 2014 SecurityWeek column.
… “No mobile app is an island,” Ely said. [Cute Bob]

John Wesley Hall writes:
A Phoenix officer was shot and killed on duty. “More than 300 public safety personnel, the chief of police, and the mayor quickly converged on the scene. Roughly 100 people entered the area where Sergeant Drenth’s body was discovered, including the three plaintiffs, who were assigned to canine search teams.” Male DNA was found at the scene. All but five voluntarily contributed DNA to exclude them. The five weren’t suspects, but they needed to be excluded. [If they weren't suspects, weren't they already excluded? Bob] They steadfastly refused to provide DNA, so the PPD applied for a court order to get it. After it was obtained they sued for nominal damages, a declaratory judgment, and to have it destroyed. A court order, a warrant, to obtain evidence does not require that the person from whom it is obtained be a suspect in a crime. DNA can be collected by court order to exclude people from an investigation. Bill v. Wheeler, 13-15844 (9th Cir. August 31, 2015):
[From the article:
If the killer is identified and charged, it also has the salutary effect of removing a defense argument that DNA at the scene wasn’t tested and could belong to another person who could have been the actual killer.

Looks like low-hanging fruit to lawyers? Or maybe only one lawyer.
Popcorn Time lawsuits continue as 16 are sued for watching Survivor
The "Popcorn Time" app was launched in 2014 as a kind of "BitTorrent for dummies" with a simple Netflix-style interface for viewing movies. But now with a second lawsuit filed against users of the app, it looks like 16 as-yet-anonymous watchers may soon need a primer on "mass copyright suits for dummies."
The lawsuit (PDF), entitled Survivor Productions Inc. v. Anonymous Users of Popcorn Time (Does 1-16), targets 16 Comcast subscribers who allegedly used the app to watch Survivor—not the reality series, but a thriller starring Pierce Brosnan released earlier this year.

Also useful for civilians considering the Cloud.
The US Military Gets A Guidebook to the Cloud
DISA rolls out a collection of best practices for a Pentagon herding its myriad information services toward their cloud-based future.
… Released by the Defense Information Systems Agency, the guide is aimed at DOD “mission owners” wanting to migrate an existing information system from a physical environment to a virtualized cloud environment. The framework is based on real-world cloud pilot efforts within DOD.
… While somewhat technical, the best practices guide is worth a read. It contains a short intro to the cloud, impact-level requirements, a breakdown of available cloud services and a detailed section dedicated to understanding shared security responsibility within the cloud – vital reading considering the recent data breach headlines.

You're hosting Uncle Sam's files in the cloud. You get hacked. This is what happens next
The US government has posted a new set of rules outlining how cloud providers should report IT security cockups that involve Uncle Sam's data.
The new Department of Defense (DoD) rules [PDF] include requirements on how contractors who handle government information should deal with computer network breaches and attacks, and how to report them to government agencies.
The rules apply only to those contractors whose cloud services host unclassified material. Classified data is covered by a different set of reporting rules and security requirements.

Perhaps the White House wants to be “Liked?”
White House taps Facebook alum to be first director of product
The White House has hired a Facebook employee to serve as its first director of product, a new position focusing on software like the "We The People" petition site.
Josh Miller, who announced the job move on his personal website, said that he expects to build off the White House’s existing digital efforts.
“The White House has many digital products — from to the We the People Petition site,” he said. “It’s a dream to be able to add to and improve this portfolio.

Dragging the government into the 21st Century?
Dem wants better data about 'on-demand economy'
Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) is calling for the federal government to hone its data collection efforts to gather more information about how on-demand economy companies like Uber and TaskRabbit are affecting the way Americans work.
“Unfortunately, our definitions, data collection, and policies are still based on 20th century perceptions about work and income,” he said in a statement on Tuesday accompanying letters to the heads of several federal agencies inquiring about their data-collection practices.
The requests are part of a larger push by Warner to examine how policy might be changed to accommodate the rise of the on-demand economy.

For my entrepreneurial minded students and a few of us old faculty types.
4 of the Hottest Markets for Professionals Who Want to Teach and Train Others
In Start Your Own eLearning or Training Business, you'll find information on all the steps you need to start and run a distance learning business. In this edited excerpt, the Staff of Entrepreneur Media, Inc. discuss the four areas of digital learning that are seeing the more interest from those wanting to learn.

Does this signal a Polaroid come-back? Could be the hot stocking-stuffer this year.
Polaroid Snap camera takes instant photos without ink
… Polaroid … just announced the Polaroid Snap, a digital camera that can immediately print out a photo, and it doesn't even need ink to do it.
… The trick is in the Zero Ink printing technology developed by a company called ZINK. Instead of using ink, the camera uses special printing paper which contains cyan, yellow and magenta dye crystals under a protective polymer coating. The ZINK-enabled printer inside the Polaroid Snap camera then activates those crystals to create a full-color photo.
… If you wish, you can have the photo printed in a larger size later, as Polaroid Snap takes 10-megapixel photos and has a microSD slot holding memory cards with up to 32GB of capacity. The camera has several simple presets — color, black and white and vintage — a selfie timer, and a photo booth mode, which takes six photos in 10 seconds.
Polaroid Snap will be available in four colors — black, white, red and blue — in the fourth quarter of 2015 for $99.

For my Website coding students.
Mozilla Relaunches Its Thimble Online Code Editor For Teaching HTML, CSS And JavaScript
Back in 2012, Mozilla launched Thimble, an online code editor for teaching the basics of HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Over time, though, things got pretty quiet around the project as other browser-based code editors like Brackets and full online IDEs like Nitrous took center stage. Today, however, Mozilla relaunched Thimble with a major redesign and a slew of new features.
Thimble, which is based on the Adobe-supported Brackets open source project, is still meant to be a platform for teaching the basics of web development. Mozilla is aiming the projects at educators (and their students) who want to build their own learning experiences, as well as at independent learners who want to teach themselves.
… Thimble now also reflects the fact that even beginners will want to target their sites at mobile, so the preview mode now allows you to see mobile previews as well.
… The new Thimble also features a number of new starter projects that teachers can use to teach their students basic skills like how to edit HTML content and CSS style sheets.
Even though this is a Mozilla project, it’s worth noting that Thimble should work in any modern browser.
If you want to give Thimble a try, just head over here and start coding.

For my students. At lest they're reading.
Bam! Pow! 8 of the Best Ways to Read Comics Online for Free

(Related) Tools for students who don't read.
Tired of Reading? Make Your iPhone Read Everything to You
Too lazy to read? Why not get your iPhone to read for you instead? With native iOS text-to-speech and a few great apps, you can use your smartphone to take your productivity to the next level.

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