More than half of IT professionals believe that files moved to the Recycle Bin are deleted forever, research by Blancco Technology Group has found. A further 51% believe that reformatting a hard drive removes all sensitive information -- highlighting a growing risk to the way data is stored.
The number of cyberincidents reported on the federal level increased from 5,503 in 2006 to 77,183 in 2015, a 1,300% increase, data from the Government Accountability Office show. The GAO notes that feds are "inherently at risk," with "78,907 publicly known cybersecurity vulnerabilities and exposures" as of Sept. 15 of this year.
Cybersecurity experts working in the energy sector think they are better equipped to handle a crisis than they probably are, a Tripwire survey has found. The report states that the energy sector may be overconfident in its ability to stop an attack, with nearly three-quarters of workers saying they could detect a malware attack but only 59% knowing how long they would need to detect it.
Gaming and video are expected to dominate the virtual reality app market as shipments of VR-enabled mobile devices surge in the fourth quarter, according to DigiTimes Research. Among smartphones, those that can handle VR video are expected to see shipments of 70 million units for the full year, or 5% of all global smartphone shipments.
An IDC survey has found that 56% of companies consider the internet of things a strategic piece of their two- or three-year plan, but methods vary on deployment and security. Privacy and security are the biggest hurdles, followed by a search for talent, according to the survey of more than 4,500 respondents worldwide.
A "state-sponsored actor" stole personal data from at least 500 million Yahoo accounts two years ago, the company says, including email addresses, names and birth dates. The announcement comes as Verizon is expected to acquire Yahoo in a deal that could close in early 2017.
Arrow and Oracle are working together to expand channel cloud sales by assisting resellers and solution providers as their customers move to the cloud. Arrow's ArrowSphere will provide resellers with the full lineup of products from Oracle Cloud.
A serious data breach at Yahoo was first discussed this summer, but the company has yet to confirm that the event did indeed occur -- or the extent of the data loss. Verizon is in the middle of a $4.8 billion deal to buy Yahoo, and this latest data security incident could create doubt and concern over the merger.
Gemalto's Breach Level Index showed that data breaches across the world are increasing by 15% in the first half of this year compared with the previous six months, with 4.8 billion private records stolen since 2013 and the US having the most breaches, at 728, followed by the UK, at 61, and the rest of Europe, at 25. Though 27% of global breaches were in the health care industry, only 5% of the exposed records came from this sector, compared with 12% in the previous six months.
Radio frequency identification tags implanted in the body could be used to identify patients, access patient records and convey health care information for routine and emergency care. However, security and privacy issues could be obstacles to wide use, and some patients, including those with dementia, might not be able to consent.
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