IT

Amazon blasted for skipping SolarWinds hearing

Several US senators have chastised Amazon Web Services for declining to testify at a congressional hearing on the SolarWinds hack, saying the lack of participation illustrates the need for stronger data breach notification rules.

24 February 2021

Vendor involved in SolarWinds declined to share info, former CISA head says

Former US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency director Chris Krebs has told Congress that a contractor involved in the SolarWinds hack declined to disclose information about the breach – illustrating how public contractual confidentiality requirements can block investigations into large-scale breaches.

11 February 2021

Trump mandates KYC for cloud providers

In one of his administration’s final acts, former US President Donald Trump issued an executive order requiring web service providers to verify the identity of foreign persons to whom they sell infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) products.

26 January 2021

Brazil mandates internet equipment security by design

Brazil’s telecommunications regulator has issued requirements for the country’s internet infrastructure to have built-in security features aimed at thwarting cyberattacks.

22 January 2021

“Assume there was a full compromise” – DC cybersecurity expert talks Capitol Hill riots

In the midst of the political chaos stemming from last week’s riots on Capitol Hill, IT experts remain focused on the cybersecurity risks associated with the fateful events. GDR spoke with Washington, DC cybersecurity consultant Norma Krayem – the head of the data practice at lobbying firm Van Scoyoc Associates (VSA) – about the risks associated with such a massive physical breach.

13 January 2021

FTC-mandated data sharing agreement to end early

A company has benefitted from a US Federal Trade Commission data remedy to such an extent that the authority has agreed to end a mandatory data-sharing agreement two years early.

04 December 2020

DOJ: Plaid data would jeopardise Visa monopoly

The US Department of Justice’s lawsuit against Visa’s $5.3 billion acquisition of Plaid claims the deal is designed to end the competitive threat posed by the smaller company’s financial data network.

06 November 2020

Q3 in data: advertising continues to drive covid-19 rebound

The world’s largest technology and cloud computing companies posted strong growth in the third quarter of 2020, with much of the growth attributed to a boost in targeted advertising.

30 October 2020

Former Google CEO criticises Trump’s anti-TikTok crusade

Eric Schmidt has said the Trump Administration’s TikTok prohibitions and other restrictions on Chinese technology will harm the development of US AI capabilities.

23 September 2020

Appeals court dismisses trucking company’s hacking lawsuit

A US appeals court has rejected a trucking company’s lawsuit against two former employees who allegedly stole proprietary sales data, ruling that the defendants didn’t violate the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act as they were authorised to access the information.

15 September 2020

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