The first time I heard about “Fake Cell Towers”, I thought to myself, Hold up. There is such a thing as a “fake” cell tower?!? Why would someone want or use a fake cell tower?
Personally Identifiable Information, commonly referred to as PII, can be broadly defined as any data that could potentially identify a specific individual. Additionally, it may include any information that can de-anonymize a person from other persons or a set of anonymous data.
CES, that mind-boggling and exhausting annual tribute to tech innovations has changed. More than 25 years ago the event was dominated by the wireless players and Microsoft with a wink and a nod to Detroit. Over time the show has shifted from the pinnacle venue for tech companies to unveil their splashy new consumer products to the place to experience nascent technologies.
How many of us have shared secrets, disciplined our children, sought council on how to address a work or family issue, discussed sensitive financial challenges or had a private moment with our children or loved ones in the presence of our smartphones? Most of us? All of us? These are common occurrences in our daily lives which typically happen behind closed doors due to the sensitive nature of the information being discussed or the actions occurring. People say, “you never know what goes on behind closed doors”, until now.
Just a week into the new year and Gartner’s prediction that information security spending will reach $93 billion in 2018 seems perhaps a big understatement. Even before the end of the 2017, many security experts suggested the number was on the low side of conservative. And that came before the report of a massive vulnerability to microprocessors with Spectre and Meltdown. Regardless of where the number ends up, with headlines like this one from CNN on January 5, 2018 – “The security of pretty much every computer on the planet has just gotten a lot worse” – makes a number over $100 billion seem more plausible. But, for the purposes of this blog we’ll use the $93 billion figure.