Human Threats Facing Healthcare Organizations

Healthcare organizations have an obligation to safeguard electronic protected health information (ePHI), whether it’s due to government mandates or to build trust among patients. If they fail to meet this obligation, the penalties can be steep. Between data loss costs and regulatory fines, healthcare organizations are losing millions from data breaches.

Remove the Unable to locate Windows License Key Data File Support Scam

The Unable to locate Windows License Key Data File Support Scam is an web browser tech support scam that displays an alert that states a “Windows License Key Data File” was deleted due to visiting a harmful web site. It then prompts you to call a remote support number for help. As this is a scam, you should not call the listed phone number.

The Economics of Why Companies Don’t Fix Their Toxic Cultures

Executive Summary

What role does culture play in corporate misconduct, and why do these problematic cultures persist? Thinking of a company’s culture as a form of investment subject to market failures can help explain why companies sometimes tolerate misconduct, and why they can’t always fix it on their own. Firms may operate with sub-optimal levels of “cultural capital” due to different types of market failures. Three well-known phenomena—externalities, principal-agent problems, and adverse selection—may help explain why misconduct risk persists.

Fed up with Facebook? Here’s how to break it off

NEW YORK (AP) — Fed up with Facebook? You’re not alone. A growing number of people are deleting it, or at least wrestling with whether they should, in light of its latest privacy debacle – allegations that a Trump-linked data-mining firm stole information on tens of millions of users to influence elections.Even before that, users have considered dumping Facebook after growing tired of political disagreements with friends and relatives. And studies have shown that the mindless scrolling that Facebook is so good for can leave us feeling depressed.While Facebook has tried to address some of these problems, it’s not enough for some users. If you are one of them, there are options. Hard as it might seem to quit, especially for those entwined with it for years, it can be done.Mostly.GOODBYE FOREVERBefore deleting your account, rescue your posts and photos. Facebook lets you download the data you’ve shared with Facebook since you joined. This includes your posts and photos, as well as the “activity log” – the history of everything you’ve done on Facebook, such as likes and comments on posts, use of apps and searches. The download also contains your profile, messages, list of friends, ads you’ve clicked on and IP addresses you’ve used to connect to Facebook.This process should give you a good – perhaps scary – idea of what Facebook has on you.What you won’t get are photos other people shared with you, even if you’ve been tagged. You need to save those individually. And some stuff will remain, including what others have posted about you, your chats with others and your posts in Facebook groups (though your name will be grayed out). To delete all this, you’ll need to sift through your “activity log,” accessible through your profile page, and delete each item individually.Once you’ve saved everything and gone through your activity log, sign in one last time. Go to and click on the blue button. You can’t get that from the settings page, as Facebook, it may seem, doesn’t want you to leave. Facebook says the process could take a few days. Your delete request will be cancelled if you log back in during this time. Facebook says it may take up to 90 days for all the data associated with your account to be wiped, but you can’t change your mind after the first few days are up.If you used your Facebook account for third-party apps and sites, you’ll need new usernames and passwords for each.TRIAL SEPARATIONIf you’re not quite ready for a divorce, deactivating your account is an option. To do this, go to your account settings.Deactivating means other people won’t be able to see your profile, but if you log back in, the whole thing is canceled and you are “active” again. Ditto if you log into an outside app or site using your Facebook account.FOMO (FEAR OF MISSING OUT)Depending on whether you were a full-time Facebook addict or an occasional lurker, the psychological separation could prove harder or easier than the physical one. Facebook has become a one-stop shop for so many things. You can keep up with friends and family, find out about or create local events, buy and sell stuff, keep up with the news, raise money for a cause or join groups of like-minded people such as parents, porch gardeners and people with a rare disease.There are other places to do many of these things, though likely not all at once. There’s Eventbrite for events, Letgo for buying and selling stuff, Peanut for moms to connect, Meetup to find and meet like-minded people, GoFundMe for raising money and Twitter, or, gasp, your local newspaper’s website for the news.If you find your mind wandering back to Facebook as you go through your day, thinking how you might craft a post about a thought you’ve just had or an article you came across, it’s OK. Let it go. It’s all part of the breakup process.And while you may not see updates about near-forgotten schoolmates or that random person you met six years ago, the people who matter most will stick around. For them, there’s email, the phone, and meeting in person for coffee.ABOUT THOSE OTHER APPSIf your boycott of Facebook has more to do with your view of the company than with tiring of the Facebook service, you might consider deleting Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger as well – they are all owned by Facebook. Deleting your Facebook account won’t affect your Instagram or WhatsApp account. If you want to keep using Messenger, you can create an account using your phone number instead of your Facebook profile.

Mueller examining Cambridge Analytica, Trump campaign ties

WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller is scrutinizing the connections between President Donald Trump’s campaign and the data mining firm Cambridge Analytica, which has come under fierce criticism over reports that it swiped the data of more than 50 million Facebook users to sway elections.Mueller’s investigators have asked former campaign officials about the Trump campaign’s data operations, particularly about how it collected and utilized voter data in battleground states, according to a person with direct knowledge of the line of inquiry but not authorized to discuss it publicly.The investigators have also asked some of Trump’s data team, which included analysts at the Republican National Committee, about its relationship with Cambridge Analytica, according to two former campaign officials. The campaign paid the firm just under $6 million for its work in 2016, according to federal records.Authorities in Britain and the United States are investigating whether Cambridge Analytica may have used data improperly obtained from Facebook to try to influence elections, including the 2016 White House race.Mueller is leading a criminal probe into whether Trump’s Republican presidential campaign had ties to Russia and whether he may have obstructed justice.The Trump campaign has distanced itself from the data mining firm, which had been financed by major Republican donors and, for a time, employed Steve Bannon, the conservative provocateur who later became Trump’s campaign chief executive.Trump turned to Twitter on Thursday to boast about his campaign’s social media efforts compared to those of his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, but it was not clear what prompted the declaration.“Remember when they were saying, during the campaign, that Donald Trump is giving great speeches and drawing big crowds, but he is spending much less money and not using social media as well as Crooked Hillary’s large and highly sophisticated staff. Well, not saying that anymore!” Trump wrote.A request for an explanation from the White House was not immediately returned.The exact role that Cambridge Analytica played for the Trump campaign has remained murky.Staffers at Cambridge Analytica made several overtures to the Trump campaign before eventually being retained. They first requested a meeting in the spring of 2015 before the celebrity businessman officially announced his candidacy, according to four former campaign officials who were not authorized to publicly discuss internal operations and spoke on condition of anonymity.Alexander Nix, the Cambridge Analytica CEO captured on sting video released this week, met with then-campaign manager Corey Lewandowski to make a pitch for the data-mining company’s voter target products, including its so-called psychographic method.Lewandowski passed, in part because the staff believed Trump would not be willing to make a sizable financial investment in an analytics firm, according to two of the campaign officials.Cambridge then went to work for the campaign of Trump’s Republican rivals Ben Carson and Ted Cruz. But after Trump became the GOP’s presumptive nominee, the data firm reached out again, this time to Paul Manafort, who had replaced Lewandowski to become campaign chairman.Manafort was also skeptical about the effectiveness of the firm’s methods, but Cambridge was hired, in part as a friendly gesture to the Mercer family, heavyweight Republican donors who helped fund the company’s launch a few years earlier, according to one of the former campaign officials.With the Trump campaign concerned that the RNC might not fully invest in Trump – he had clashed repeatedly with the organization – Cambridge was retained. Campaign finance records indicate that the Trump campaign’s first payment of $100,000 to the firm came in July 2016.Five of the firm’s staff members were assigned to work with the campaign’s digital director, Brad Parscale, at his Texas-based firm, where much of the campaign’s digital operation was located.Parscale and Jared Kushner, the candidate’s son-in-law, emphasized using social media – and particularly Facebook – to better target voters and pressed its importance on Trump.The campaign tapped Cambridge to build out a database of small-dollar GOP donors, a dataset the company had from its prior work for the Cruz and Carson campaigns.But when it became clear the RNC would share its much-improved data operation with the Trump campaign, Cambridge became de-emphasized. Two of the former campaign officials said their tools were not useful, though Parscale, during a Google forum a month after the election, said the firm became involved in daily tracking polls and helped inform the campaign’s decisions on where to spend its resources.All told, the Trump campaign paid Cambridge just under $6 million, according to Federal Election Commission records. The largest payment to Cambridge Analytica – $5 million on Sept. 1, 2016 – was made about two weeks after Bannon was appointed the chief executive of the Trump campaign, according to FEC records. At that same time, another Mercer ally, pollster Kellyanne Conway, was named his campaign manager to replace Manafort.Bannon, with the Mercers’ backing, served as vice president of the firm from June 2014 to August 2016, when he joined the Trump campaign. He has since had a falling out with the Mercers and with Trump over disparaging comments he made about the president’s family.Chris Wylie, a former Cambridge Analytica employee who became a whistleblower, told The Washington Post that Cambridge had begun testing phrases like “drain the swamp” and “deep state” well before Trump launched his campaign. The president began incorporating those concepts into his stump speech in the stretch run of the campaign, soon after Bannon came on board.Wylie has said he fears the data was turned over to Russians who aimed to interfere with the American election.Parscale, who has been appointed Trump’s 2020 campaign manager, has slammed the firm on Twitter for taking credit for Trump’s victory. “So incredibly false and ridiculous,” he wrote this week, declaring Cambridge’s comments “an overblown sales pitch.”Lawmakers have demanded answers from both Cambridge Analytica and Facebook, as Sen. Mark Warner, Democrat from Virginia who is vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, declared this week that the blooming scandal was “more evidence that the online political advertising market is essentially the Wild West.”“Whether it’s allowing Russians to purchase political ads, or extensive micro-targeting based on ill-gotten user data, it’s clear that, left unregulated, this market will continue to be prone to deception and lacking in transparency,” Warner tweeted.Follow Lemire on Twitter at

Airbnb hosts can kick you out after you’ve checked in

Last month, Logan Kugler checked into the home of a Los Angeles-based Airbnb host. The plan was to stay there for about one month, but Kugler found himself checking out just three days after checking in. That’s not because he wanted to, but because the host cancelled his reservation.

BrandPost: 7 Ways to Prepare for a Cybersecurity Audit

Data breaches, phishing attacks, information disclosure – the Internet can be a scary place. Conducting a cybersecurity audit (or getting a third-party assessment) is a great way to understand your organization’s cybersecurity posture. But, like preparing any exam or review, getting ready for a cybersecurity audit can be intimidating. While every security assessment will be a bit different, here are seven ways you can prepare for your next cybersecurity audit.

Cambridge Analytica And Our Lives Inside The Surveillance Machine

In 2006, a local pollster in Nepal was kidnapped by Maoist rebels while conducting opinion surveys on behalf of the American political strategist Stan Greenberg. The Maoists, who had been waging a long-running insurgency against the government, did not issue their typical ransom demands—money or weapons in exchange for the prisoner. No, they wanted the polling data that Greenberg’s team had collected, evidently to gauge the political climate in the country for themselves. The researchers eventually handed it over. In his book “Alpha Dogs,” the British journalist James Harding cites this story as an example of how the business of political campaigning is being remade, across the globe, by a profusion of fine-grained data about voters and their habits. Where the consultants of the nineteen-sixties and seventies obsessed over how to use television to beam ideal images of their clients into voters’ homes, today’s spinmasters hope that big data will allow them to manipulate voters’ deepest hopes and fears. “What’s the currency of the world now?” one of Greenberg’s partners asks Harding. “It’s not gold, it’s data. It’s the information.”

Transatlantic Cable podcast, episode 29

In this week’s edition of the Transatlantic Cable podcast, Dave and I looked to stay on our usual podcast format, covering four or five stories in 20 minutes or less, but we got a bit sidetracked by the latest Facebook news. After the deep dive, we offer some thoughts on hackers sending bomb threats to schools, a lottery hack, and a PSA about Elon Musk imposters on Twitter. Below are links to the stories we discuss:

Serverless Security for Public Cloud Workloads with Stealthwatch Cloud

Each year goes by and we find more ways to own less and less of what it takes to operate our digital infrastructure. Information Technology began as a business having to build data centers owning everything starting with the real estate all the way to the applications, quickly it moved to public clouds whereby the infrastructure itself was a service managed by the provider and you only needed to manage the virtual servers up through your applications. The latest in this trend is serverless computing.  As you would guess, this is the latest evolution where the service provider owns and operates everything up to the application and you don’t even manage the servers running your code (thus the name “serverless”).