Data security and privacy links take center stage this week. I didn't intend for that to happen, it just did. I'm guessing we are going to see an uptick in incidents being reported, which is different than saying there is an uptick in incidents as a whole. I believe people are more cognizant of data security and privacy matters and as a result we are seeing increased reporting.

 

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

 

Ransomware: Best Practices for Prevention and Response

A nice summary for you to convert into a checklist in an effort to minimize your risk from being a victim of ransomware.

 

Fireball Malware Infects 20% of Corporate Networks Worldwide
Interesting note here: Adware can spread just as malware would, but it isn’t considered illegal. And the result of not treating adware as a virus are things like Fireball.

 

The seven deadly sins of statistical misinterpretation, and how to avoid them
Because the future for data professionals is data analytics, and I want you to know about these simple mistakes that are all too common.

 

Building a Slack bot for channel topic detection using word embeddings
And I thought I was impressed when Outlook tells me that I forgot an attachment to an email, this looks like a real value-add.

 

OneLogin: Breach Exposed Ability to Decrypt Data
This is why we can’t have nice things. It’s time to move away from the use of passwords.

 

International data privacy laws create inconsistent rules
It’s almost as if the lawyers are passing contradictory laws to make certain they have billable hours for the next ten years.

 

The next time you are frustrated with some piece of code I want you to stop and think about how lucky you are that you didn't need to ever lookup the 10th character of a VIN number many times a day:

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