Friday Five: 2/6 Edition

Your weekly roundup of information security news.

Happy Friday! Catch up on cyber security news with our picks for this week’s hottest articles.

  1. Breach of Health Insurer Exposes Sensitive Data of Millions of Patients” by Kim Zetter
    Anthem, the second largest health insurance company in the United States, has topped this week’s headlines suffering a massive security breach. Although it is believed that no medical information was accessed, information including the names, social security numbers, and birthdates of over 80 million customers has been exposed. Read this article to find out more!
  2. Obama asks for $14 billion to step up cybersecurity” by Dara Kerr
    In his State of the Union Address, President Obama discussed his plans for future cybersecurity legislation. The President has recently taken the next step by proposing a $14 billion cybersecurity budget to improve the defense of government and private networks against hackers. Check out Kerr’s article for more!
  3. Cybersecurity in 2015: What to expect” by Charles McLellan
    2015 has just begun and multiple security breaches have already occurred. This article by McLellan breaks down some of the top breaches of 2014 and provides his predictions for the rest of this year.
  4. Facebook's got a new privacy policy, and it plans to share your data with partners” by Lee Munson
    Have you logged into Facebook since the New Year? If you have then you have agreed to the terms of the new privacy policy. The new policy allows for the sharing of user’s personal data with partnered sites and apps. Give this article a read to find out why this policy worries German privacy regulator, Johannes Caspar.
  5. Google, Amazon, Microsoft pay to get ads past Adblock Plus” by Lisa Vaas
    Adblock Plus by the German company, Ayeo has become a popular way for people to avoid most of the pesky ads that flood their web browsers. However, giants such as Google, Amazon, and Microsoft have begun to buy their way around the ad-blocking software. In this article, Vaas will give you a better understanding of what these companies are doing.
Brandon Vasciannie

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