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Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series about the impacts of the collection, distribution and commercial use of consumer data. Part I was published in the Nov. 16 edition of the Business Journal. All day, every day, companies are sucking up vast amounts of your personal information, manipulating it, packaging it and […]
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You’d be amazed at how precisely companies can tailor their advertising based on your data. You’d be even more amazed at where — and how easily — they find it. “The one that people are most surprised by is location-based targeting,” said Timothy Zercher, president and CEO of Pueblo-based EasySocial, which manages online marketing and […]
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As a business, who should you trust? Which companies are you confident won’t lose your customers’ information to cybercriminals, or leave a virtual back door open for hackers? Mark Bristow, director of the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center Hunt & Incident Response Team with the Department of Homeland Security, says businesses make a critical […]
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The robots aren’t coming. Artificial intelligence and automation are changing the workplace and the way we tackle our jobs, but futurist Thomas Frey says new technologies aren’t about to put the country in the unemployment line. First of all, “in general, we’re not really at a stage of artificial intelligence,” said Frey, founder of the […]
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In Salt Lake City, Utah, the Department of Transportation uses smart applications to observe and manage traffic in real time. A government portal enables residents to track with pinpoint accuracy when buses will arrive at their stops. Sensors around the state monitor how Salt Lake City and other communities are affecting the environment. Currently in […]
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The internet is full of stories about people who have lost their jobs over social media posts. A few examples: • A PR executive for a racist tweet sent just before she boarded a flight to South Africa. Among the responses she got upon landing was a notification from her manager informing her she’d been […]
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Last summer, the Manitou Springs Community Library wanted to host the Portal, a videoconferencing program housed in a gold storage container that connected local residents with other communities throughout the world. The library had to defer to the Manitou Art Center, which had to boost its internet service several times to accommodate the Portal. “We […]
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The first official c-Watch cohort kicks off this week, using sport to help train cybersecurity experts experienced in information-sharing environments. And by July, c-Watch students will be part of a pop-up security operations center for 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, doing the cyber threat intelligence work that’s now so critical during high-profile sport events. Why […]
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We’re trading our privacy for trinkets. Big businesses are using Americans’ personal information to make money — it’s collected and bundled and sold over and over — and we’re giving it away for email accounts and Facebook likes and fuel points and insurance discounts. In March, twin Facebook scandals jolted many...
It’s tax season, and many businesses are worrying about the IRS. But according to tax and cybersecurity experts, they should be worrying about people who aren’t the IRS. Tax season is a minefield of scams, with identity thieves and cybercriminals taking advantage of anxiety, scare tactics and taxpayers’ desire to...
Businesses are leaving holes in their cybersecurity thanks to mobile devices, and experts say it’s time to take the risk seriously. According to the latest research from Verizon, while companies increasingly lean on smartphones and tablets, many haven’t taken even the most basic mobile cybersecurity precautions to protect their data and core systems. What’s more, […]
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The Olympic world stage is not only a proving ground for athletes, but for sophisticated malware, hacks and cyberattacks ready to become household names. While sport isn’t closely tied to cybersecurity in the popular imagination, international sporting events are highly attractive targets for cybercriminals chasing profit and malicious state actors looking to make a point, […]
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