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October 22, 2017 | Data Breaches
By Ken Van Wyk, IANS Faculty

 Van Wyk: Take Steps to Protect Yourself as a Consumer

With all the digital threats we face on a daily basis, it's a miracle we haven't all been hacked. To ensure the odds are in your favor, there are some informed and well-planned steps you can take to protect yourself as a consumer, particularly as the holiday shopping season approaches. 

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April 13, 2017 | Data Loss Prevention (DLP)
By Ken Van Wyk, IANS Faculty

 Van Wyk: Get a Handle on Your Data

One person's data is another's active content. The intermingling of data and executable content – or “active content” as it’s often called in web application environments – is a problem we haven't solved yet. We’ve applied a bit of duct tape and bubble gum here and there, but the problem persists.

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February 24, 2017 | Encryption, Digital Signatures, Certificates, Tokenization
By Dave Shackleford, IANS Faculty

 SHA-1 Has Been Broken: Now What?

We all knew this day was coming, but that doesn't make it any better. Researchers from Google and the CWI Institute in Amsterdam have announced the first documented SHA-1 collision. Basically, this means that two entirely different files can generate the same hash value due to a flaw in the mathematical algorithm in use.

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November 17, 2016 | Encryption, Digital Signatures, Certificates, Tokenization
By Ken Van Wyk, IANS Faculty

 Van Wyk: Email Privacy Expectations Not Aligned With Current Technology, Practices

No matter whom you voted for on November 8, it seems fair to say that email played a pretty significant role in the election — and not in a good way. We’ve seen private email servers, email accounts hacked and their contents exposed, and so on. Email has garnered a lot of attention this year, which, at least from where I sit, is regrettable.

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