“Siri, where is the nearest Starbucks?” “Alexa, order me an Uber.” “Suki, let’s get Mr. Jones a two-week run of clarithromycin and schedule him back here for a follow-up in two weeks.” Doesn’t sound that crazy, does it? For years, voice assistants have been changing the way people shop, get around, and manage their home entertainment systems. Now they’re starting to show up someplace even a little more personal: the doctor’s office. The goal isn’t to replace physicians with sentient speakers. Quite the opposite. Drowning in a sea of e-paperwork, docs are quitting, retiring, and scaling back hours in droves. By helping them spend more time listening to patients and less time typing into electronic health records, voice assistants aim to keep physicians from getting burned out. It’s a problem that started when doctors switched from handwritten records to electronic ones. Health care organizations have tried more … [Read more...] about Does Your Doctor Need a Voice Assistant?
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Let's say you have had discussions about your breast cancer diagnosis on Facebook, a useful forum for comparing treatment options with others. There's only one problem: Facebook has now categorized you as a patient, and you constantly receive targeted ads about local cancer services that show up on your computer screen at work for all your co-workers to see, right when you're up for a big promotion. Many users experience a version of this scenario when they receive creepily personalized ads while browsing on Facebook. When those ads follow users onto sites outside Facebook, it feels like an invasion of privacy. But how do you regulate data privacy in an age of big-data black boxes? Mark Zuckerberg's testimony about the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal alerted users about what personal data Facebook routinely collects and shares with third-party apps. But many questions were left unanswered. How many apps are collecting this data, and what are they doing with it? Are there more … [Read more...] about Analysis: Facebook knows a ton about your health. Now it wants to profit from that.
In 2017, as in previous years, cybersecurity incidents made the news on a regular basis: Equifax, Verizon, Shadow Brokers, WannaCry, NotPetya, Bad Rabbit, Uber (a covered-up 2016 hack, admitted in 2017)...the list goes on. Already in 2018 we've seen the Meltdown/Spectre CPU vulnerabilities and a huge row over the governance and usage of Facebook data. Beneath these headlining cyber-incidents is a continuous background level of activity that is the inevitable result of organisations failing to monitor and protect their networks, and of users neglecting basic security hygiene. How should businesses respond to the clear, present and ever-evolving threat of cyber-attack? Completely locking down their IT systems isn't an option, but neither is complacency. Vulnerabilities will almost inevitably be discovered and exploited, and once security breaches have happened they're usually expensive and time-consuming to remediate, often resulting in lasting … [Read more...] about Cybersecurity: How to devise a winning strategy
Chief information security officers (CISOs) are highly sought after, to the point where good ones are expensive and hard to come by. So this is a challenge when more and more organizations, reeling in the wake of CISO-less breaches like Target and the UK’s TalkTalk, recognize the value in having one in place.Could an on-demand virtual CISO (vCISO) be the answer to your prayers? A vCISO is an outsourced security practitioner or provider who offers their time and insight to an organization on an ongoing basis, usually part-time and remotely.Entrepreneur Jane Frankland, a CISO advisor and author of InSecurity: Why a Failure to Attract and Retain Women in Cybersecurity is Making Us All Less Safe, summarized this best when speaking to CSO last year, saying a virtual CISO “is someone who has spent years in the industry, has a wealth of experience having dealt with a wide variety of scenarios, and consults on the management of an organization’s information security. … [Read more...] about What is a virtual CISO? When and how to hire one
What do employees in your organization understand about security, data privacy, and compliance? According to a recent report from Bothell, Wash.-based MediaPro, perhaps not as much as they should. With data privacy fast becoming a hot-button issue, and the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) right around the corner, what your employees don’t know about handling data at your company could burn you.The news isn’t all bad. In general, U.S.-based employees are proficient at identifying sensitive and private documents, and understand whether such data should be destroyed or securely stored. But they struggle with privacy regulations (particularly the GDPR and the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield), as well as handling sensitive data in their personal and professional lives.In October of last year, MediaPro, a specialist in security awareness, privacy awareness and compliance training, surveyed 1,007 U.S. residents about data privacy best practices and regulations. … [Read more...] about Data privacy: What your employees don’t know but should