This week's Weekly Debrief includes articles on cybercriminals targeting Zoom, Google, and Teams, Marriott's second data breach, best practices to manage third-party risk, privacy settings on Zoom, and coronavirus-era surveillance and biometric systems posing privacy problems.
"International hotel chain Marriott today disclosed a data breach impacting nearly 5.2 million hotel guests, making it the second security incident to hit the company in recent years." At the end of February 2020, we identified that an unexpected amount of guest information may have been accessed using the login credentials of two employees at a franchise property," Marriott said in a statement."
"Just five years ago, many companies focused their cyber defense efforts almost entirely on their own organizations. Today, they are increasingly concerned about third-party risks, with good reason.According to Ponemon Institute's "US Cost of a Data Breach Study," third-party organizations accounted for 42% of all breach cases, dropping only slightly from 44% of all cases in 2008."
"THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS has impacted the global economy, daily life, and human health around the world, changing how people work and interact everyday. But in addition to the pressing threat the virus poses to human health, these rapid changes have also created an environment in which hackers, scammers, and spammers all thrive."
"There’s a good chance you hadn’t heard of Zoom when 2020 started. Unless you regularly participate in business-focused video chats, the enterprise-oriented tool wasn’t part of your regular routine. Then came COVID-19 and social distancing, of course, making video chat the closest option many people have for responsible face-to-face interaction. Suddenly, Zoom’s typical uses—earnings reports, powerpoint slides—started living alongside online happy hours and remote board game sessions."
"As the COVID-19 pandemic grips the globe, new surveillance methods are already raising new privacy and security challenges despite the still-early days of this crisis. Chief among these potential problems is the sudden turn by the government toward using geolocation data to track millions of Americans' cell phones in monitoring the spread of the disease."