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Loyalty scheme company LoyaltyBuild has confirmed that it has been the victim of a sophisticated criminal attack. After it was widely reported that more than 1.5 million people were known to have had personal information compromised by the security breach, the Irish company said that it was “working around the clock with our security experts to get to the bottom of this and to further enhance our security in order to protect our valued customers”....

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IBM has announced a definitive agreement to acquire mobile management and security company Fiberlink Communications. Expanding IBM’s MobileFirst portfolio, the deal would see IBM offer the MaaS360 cloud-based management solution and be part of more than 100 cloud services. IBM said that upon completion, it planned to offer MaaS360 on the IBM SoftLayer cloud infrastructure. Financial terms were not disclosed. IBM said that the acquisition will offer all of its mobile resources together in one...

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The report and recommendations around the NSA’s surveillance has emphasised the need to develop principles designed to create strong foundations for the future. Authored by major names including Richard A. Clarke, former national coordinator for security, infrastructure protection, and counter-terrorism for the United States; former CIA deputy director Michael J. Morell; and legal minds Geoffrey R. Stone, Cass R. Sunstein and Peter Swire, the 300-page report “Liberty and Security in a Changing World” contains forty-six recommendations on...

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This week saw the announcement of the draft Data Protection Directive and among the significant changes was the wording from “right to be forgotten” to “right of erasure”. 1980s pop jokes aside, but perhaps the EU Parliament made this change to get a little respect from the EC Council who will now review it ahead of potentially passing it in April 2014. While the wording differences between forgotten and erasure are pretty significant, I asked the industry...

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This week I had the pleasure of meeting Emulex who made a formal step into the security sector with the acquisition of Endace earlier this year. A company with a 30 year history in sectors such as fibre channels and Ethernet, the acquisition allowed it to add network visualisation technology to its product offering. Meeting Shaun Walsh, senior vice president of corporate marketing and corporate development at Emulex, he said that the company’s mantra of...

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