March 03, 2015
“If we’re going to be connected, then we need to be protected,” said President Barack Obama in a speech made at the Federal Trade Commission in Washington in mid-January.
“We shouldn't have to forfeit our basic privacy when we go online to do our business.”
But as information security professionals and organizations such as the National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) keep reminding consumers and workplaces, the risk of an information security breach occurring these days is huge.
There are many statistics to back this up. President Obama cited one survey that showed 9 /10 Americans say they feel like they’ve lost control of their personal information. He said more than 100 million Americans have had personal data such as their credit card information compromised in recent breaches.
The NCPW campaign, which is running across the country from March 1st-7th, 2015, provides consumers and businesses with resources and other information to help them make better-informed decisions about different matters including information security and privacy.
In other security news, President Obama highlighted the importance of increased cybersecurity in his State of the Union Address in January.
How would some of the protective strategies he proposed affect the information security landscape for consumers and businesses?
In the workplace, effective information security is a combination of best practices and legal imperatives. Here is a DIY Information Security Checklist in order to assess your workplace. This comprehensive Business Guide to Document Security and Reputation Management provides best practices.