We’ve been waiting some time for European GDPR regulators to flex their muscles since the legislation came into force at the end of May 2018. Well, now they have, after Google was handed a €50m (£44m) fine in France. Although this particular case revolved around privacy and transparency over how consumers’ information is used, rather than data security, it clearly serves as a warning notice for firms, wherever they are.
In light of the judgement, IT and data protection teams should be redoubling their compliance efforts. As we predicted in December, a maximum 4% fine is still on the cards for this year, and the next one could be for a major data breach. Continue reading →
Last week Google made an announcement which could have a major impact on the security of the much-maligned Android mobile app ecosystem. Hidden away in the second half of a blog post on user experience in the online Play store came confirmation that the web giant is now reviewing apps before they can be published there. For Android and security watchers who’ve long complained that the platform was way too easy to upload malware onto, this is a noteworthy occasion. Continue reading →
The recent public dispute over vulnerability disclosure between Google and Microsoft threatened for a few weeks to catapult the humdrum topic of patch management into mainstream discourse. And while Google seems to have diffused the tension somewhat by agreeing to add a fortnight’s “grace period” onto its 90-day disclosure time frame, huge challenges remain. But most of the conversation thus far has been focused on whether the vendors are being given enough, or too much, time to patch flaws. We should more properly be asking: “What about their customers?” Continue reading →
March 2014: mark it well in your diaries because it just might come to be regarded as a turning point in the global adoption of public cloud computing services. It was the month when Google and Amazon embarked on a fierce price war, cutting cloud storage costs by almost 70%. Last week Google was at it again, announcing a 47% cut in network egress charges; a 23% drop in Big Query storage prices; a 79% cut in persistent disk snapshot costs; and a 48% reduction in persistent disk SSD charges. Continue reading →