Thursday, January 24, 2013

Iran as Latest Cyberthreat. Payback's a Bitch.

This article quotes  the head of the Air Force cyber command on Iran's growing cyberthreat.

Well, the Air Force has its cyberwarriors, and wants more, so it stands to reason all our enemies and frenemies want the same. Iran's already hit the financial sector.  Only 17 critical infrastructure sectors  left to go.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Researchers Expose New Vulnerabilities in the Security of Personal Genetic Information

The NY Times covered this story today, too. Basically, using public information, they we able to match people to their DNA.

Here's an interesting demonstration on how this can be done.

This is scary for a lot of reasons, not least of which is health insurance and employment. Forget HIPAA. Your life is an open book. Be worried. Be very worried.

We have two books publishing soon that address this.
The Complete Book of Data Anonymization: From Planning to Implementation by Balaji Raghunathan publishing on February 25, 2013 and Guide to the De-Identification of Personal Health Information by Khaled El Emam publishing on April 29, 2013.