CollaboristaBlog Roundup September 19

our guide to interesting data sharing, cybersecurity, and privacy news. This week features recent hack news, car security, collaboration insights, and more.


19 September 2014

CollaboristaBlog Roundup

Welcome to your weekly guide on the most interesting data sharing, security, and privacy news and events.

Because you can’t follow all of the updates, we do it for you. Here’s a roundup of the latest and most popular topics to catch you up to speed. Check these out …

  1. The Home Depot hack figure is finally in: cyber criminals stole records on about 56 million customer credit and debit cards. Sadly, that tops the 40 million records Target allegedly lost — and that was a fairly earth shattering announcement.
  2. Auto buffs should note that although the cars of today are super wired and smart, their security is something akin to that of 1980s desktops. CNET notes that the “vehicle's communication security over wireless networks cannot be an afterthought.”
  3. One survey indicates that 38 percent of workers think there’s not enough workplace collaboration, says the Huffington Post. According to 33 percent of the study participants, having the ability to “easily share input with different departments” would increase collaboration — we agree, but may we also suggest “easily AND securely share input?”
  4. InfoWorld shared that the Department of Justice is looking to secure more powers to hack PCs during criminal investigations. More specifically, one warrant would be enough to target multiple PCs, geographically distributed. There’s still time to comment …
  5. Microsoft also recently agreed to be held in contempt by a federal court for refusing to hand over customer information from an Ireland data center.

Thanks for joining us, and stay tuned to our blog for more news each week.



Marc Songini

Marc Songini

Marc Songini has worked in the information technology field for more than 16 years. His roles have included those of journalist, analyst, and marketing communications specialist. He admits that when he started out as a cub high tech reporter, Netscape was still rocking the industry with a wondrous new user interface called a “browser.” During his 10 years with International Data Group (IDG), Marc wrote for NetworkWorld and Computerworld, both award-winning magazines. Marc specializes in cloud, enterprise apps, and figuring out the meaning of being human in an automated world.