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IT losing confidence in cybersecurity products, frustrated by impact on productivity

IT's confidence in cybersecurity products is down, and concern regarding their impact on employee productivity is up, according to a survey by Barkly, an endpoint security provider, detailed in its 2016 Cybersecurity Confidence Report.

Congress is finally (sort of) on track to protect email stored in the cloud

Until recently emails stored in the cloud were not as protected as emails stored on-premises. Finally, after three years of batting the issue about, Congress appears to be on track to change that and restore Fourth Amendment protections for email no matter where it is stored.

Nation's libraries focus on digital preservation of everything

Vint Cerf, "father of the internet" and Google vice president, warns that the world faces the risk of a "Digital Dark Age" when too much data is lost to obsolete hardware and software. Certainly companies need to take steps to ensure this doesn't happen, but considering so much consumer data is now piped in, urging consumers to preserve their digital data is a vital measure too.

NIST prepares to defend encrypted data from quantum computer threat

While we have plenty of data threats to worry about now, the National Institute of Standards and Technology says we should be looking at future threats now too. One they've spotted is a quantum computer threat to encrypted data. The NIST is already taking stepts to address it.

Spotlight: Verizon cyber incident report finds the criminals more effective communicators than IT

According to Verizon's annual cyber incident report, phishing is a huge security issue. Even worse? The criminals are better communicators than IT teams are.

Financial data carve-out in international trade agreements come under fire

A new report by technology policy think tank Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) pushes back hard on policymakers for making financial data exemptions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The United States pushed for financial data to be carved out of the TPP's prohibition on laws that force data to be stored within a country's geographic borders. The practice is known as "data localization" and the ITIF thinks that carve out will drastically curtail the digital economy and won't provide consumers with any additional protections.

National-security-level traveler threat intelligence platform goes commercial

Prescient, a risk management firm co-founded by former naval intelligence officers and best known for federal counterintelligence and national security programs, launched its commercial spinoff.  Prescient Traveler, a sophisticated traveler risk management system, analyzes petabytes of data from over 38,000 sources in real-time. Further, prescriptive analytics advise travelers on how to mitigate those risks or "react smartly" to the dangers.

Big data worries weigh down IoT initiatives

The Internet of Things is proceeding full steam ahead but big data worries are piling up in their wake. So finds Argus Insights which recently analyzed over 2.3M tweets to get a read on the market's take on IoT. Two fears stood prominent in the analysis: what will happen to the pool of data from IoT and will it be secured.

Partner threat a serious contributor to data breaches

Although business partner security holes have led to past high profile data breaches such as the Panama Papers incident and the Target breach, a new report finds that the presence of partner threat is still grossly underestimated by IT pros. Further, that most have no plans to address the security risk.

Dropbox follows Chrome, ends support for Windows XP in August

Dropbox is joining the likes of Chrome and ending its support for Windows XP. The Dropbox desktop app will no longer be supported on Windows XP after August 29 of this year.