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Among the 2016 cybersecurity predictions he made back in January, PKWARE CEO and President V. Miller Newton said a presidential campaign would be hacked before the November election.

That prediction has become reality, according to The Washington Post.

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Ask PKWARE customers about the biggest challenge they face, and many respond with one word: compliance.

Every industry has separate mandates to worry about, such as HIPAA for healthcare, and PCI DSS for financial services. The common denominator in just about every compliance mandate is the need for Data Loss Prevention.

Overall, compliance requirements have been good for security. If it weren’t for these regulations and industry standards, many enterprises wouldn’t be doing nearly enough to safeguard sensitive data.

But there are risks in how enterprises handle compliance. A checkbox mentality often ensues, where companies put their primary focus on checking off the boxes on a list during a compliance audit.

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Here at PKWARE, when we describe the types of adversaries our technology is designed to block, we say “thieves, snoops and idiots.”

The first two are easy to describe. The thief wants to break into enterprise networks and steal sensitive information and the snoop is either out to invade your privacy or is a trusted employee with access to information that, if shared with the outside world, could cause a lot of damage to the enterprise’s reputation.

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I recently presented at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society – North Carolina Chapter – where I talked about the importance of securing data within the healthcare industry. During my time at the conference, I kept my ear to the ground to better understand broader trends impacting the industry and left with three big takeaways:

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Like many of us in the cybersecurity industry, I paid close attention to the recent fight between the FBI and Apple over an encrypted phone.

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The worlds of fantasy and security have collided twice recently, once in practice and the other in principle.

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Protecting the world’s information can create strange bedfellows. But sometimes it’s worth the unexpected allegiances with potential rivals or social media companies in an effort for everyone to get a better grasp on data security.

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Looking at the volume of recent data breaches, it appears that malicious hackers are becoming increasingly savvy. Maybe. But the more likely cause is that miscreants are walking through doors left open by a legacy of bad security practices – or they are working with people already inside with access to sensitive data.

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