Week Ending: 30th October - A Roundup in I.T. & Tech News

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In our Halloween special roundup this week, we delve into some of the most ghoulish news stories from the Tech and I.T. industry over the last seven days.

In this week’s blog we explore Experian’s ‘widespread data failings’, why Facebook, Google and Twitter face questions from the US Senate, a cybersecurity report from our partners Mimecast, and to finish, a bit of Halloween humour as we take a look around Samsung’s haunted hi-tech Halloween house.

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Half of workers admit to opening suspicious emails

This week, a report from our partners, Mimecast, revealed that almost half of workers worldwide admit to opening suspicious emails despite 96% acknowledging that these links maybe harmful.

The survey, which polled more than 1,000 employees from across the globe, also revealed that the same percentage of workers, also fail to report such emails or links to their security teams.

So where are companies falling down? Is more training required?

According to the Mimecast report, this is most certainly the case. The report suggests that employee cybersecurity training isn’t always effective. Of those surveyed, 64% said they had received cybersecurity training related to working from home, but still click on the high-risk links anyway.

We’ve reported over the last few weeks how cybercriminals are taking advantage of the new way of working, and the lack of cybersecurity when it comes to working remotely. And it seems that more still needs to be done.

Michael Madon, SVP Awareness Training and Threat Intelligence at Mimecast said:

“This research puts a spotlight on the fact that while there’s a good amount of awareness training being offered, the type of training or the frequency is completely ineffective.

“With everyone’s home becoming their new office, classroom, and place of residence, it’s not really a surprise that employees are using their company-issued devices for personal use. However, better training is crucial to avoid putting the company at risk.”

If you’re concerned about your cybersecurity and would be interested in discussing how to effectively train your team, get in touch:

Read more from report at ITProPortal

Facebook, Twitter, and Google face questions from US senators

The chief executives of Facebook, Twitter and Google faced over three and a half hours of questioning from US senators this week. The questioning was over content moderation less than a week before the US Election.

Currently under Section 230 of US law, the tech giants cannot be held responsible for what their users post online, which senators are concerned further encourages the spread of misinformation.

In their opening remarks, all three leaders defended Section 230 which protects digital platforms from legal proceedings related to content published by third parties.

The controversial law has been the subject of numerous debates over the years.

Speaking at the hearing on Wednesday. Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg acknowledged that Congress “should update the law to make sure it’s working as intended”.

However, Twitter’s co-founder Jack Dorsey erred on the side of caution, warning that amending Section 230 would “impose severe limitations on platform’s ability to tackle harmful content.”

Read more about what was discussed at the Senate hearing this week from BBC News.

Experian face action after ‘widespread data protection’ failings

It’s been reported this week that The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has given Experian a nine-month ultimatum to change ‘illegal’ business practices or face punishment for illegally using customer data for marketing purposes.

The ICO report revealed that a two-year investigation had been taking place in to three big credit reference agencies, including Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax.

The investigation found that the three agencies were “enriching and enhancing people’s personal data without their knowledge or consent”.

ICO revealed that this “invisible” processing is likely to have affected millions of adults in the UK and certainly breaches data protection laws.

Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham said:

“The information the CRAs are privileged to hold for statutory credit reference purposes was unlawfully used by them in their capacity as a data broker, with poor regard for what people might want or expect.

“The data broking sector is a complex ecosystem where information appears to be traded widely, without consideration for transparency, giving millions of adults in the UK little or no choice or control over their personal data. The lack of transparency and lack of lawful bases combined with the intrusive nature of the profiling has resulted in a serious breach of individuals’ information rights.”

Read more on this story at ITPro.

Samsung’s hi-tech haunted house

Samsung has hit the headlines this week after it launched its hi-tech haunted house display.

The tech giant transformed a 18th century house into a spooky Halloween haunt using hi-tech projection.

Samsung used its SmartThings technology and state-of-the-art projection mapping to achieve the technological makeover.

It’s worth seeing for yourself. Take a look

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