Home after a couple weeks on the road between Cisco Live! and Data Grillen. My next event is Microsoft Inspire, and if you're attending, please stop by the booth so we can talk data.


As always, here are some links from the Intertubz that I hope will hold your interest. Enjoy!


Meds prescriptions for 78,000 patients left in a database with no password

This is the second recent breach involving a MongoDB and underscores the need for consequences to those who continue to practice poor security methods. Until we see stiffer penalties to the individuals involved, you can expect those rockstar MongoDB dev teams to get new jobs and repeat all the same mistakes.


Florida City Pays $600,000 Ransom to Save Computer Records

Never, ever pay the ransom. There's no guarantee you get your files, and you become a target for others (because now they know you will pay). Also? Time to evaluate your security response plan regarding ransomware, especially if you're running older software. It's just a matter of time before Anton in Accounting clicks on that phishing link.


AMCA Files for Bankruptcy Following Data Breach

Nice reminder for everyone that the result of a breach is your company goes out of business. Life comes at you fast.


Machine Learning Doesn’t Introduce Unfairness—It Reveals It

Great post. Machine learning algorithms are not fair, because the data they use has inherent bias. And the machines are good at uncovering that bias. In some ways, we humans have built these code machines, and the result is we are looking at ourselves in the mirror.


Microsoft bans Slack and discourages AWS and Google Docs use internally

Because the free version of Slack doesn't meet Microsoft security standards. Maybe that should have been the headline instead of the clickbait trying to portray Microsoft as evil.


Cyberattack on Border Patrol subcontractor worse than previously reported

Your security is only as strong as your weakest vendor partner. Your security protocols could be the best in the world but it won't matter if you allow a partner access and they cause the breach.


Nashville is banning electric scooters after a man was killed

This is absurd. The scooters didn't do anything wrong. They should not be penalized for the actions of a drunk person making bad choices. I look forward to the mayor banning cars the next time a drunk driver kills someone in downtown Nashville.


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