Toronto-based expert provides unfiltered commentary on the week's most
TORONTO, June 10, 2013 /CNW/ - As the global outcry about US
surveillance of Internet and telephone communications reaches fever
pitch, notable Canadian data security expert Claudiu Popa wonders how
many of the 3 billion daily intercepted calls include Canadians.
President Obama indicated that the NSA's focus isn't on monitoring the
activities of Americans but on foreign 'bad actors' and 'folks who
might engage in terrorism'. However, Claudiu Popa, author of books on
data security, raises serious concerns about the privacy of Canadians'
email, cloud storage and social media: "if we are informed that our
communications have been secretly monitored, collected and stored
without consent since 2008, how can we trust that our privacy is being
The recent revelation that 5 million Americans have government security
clearance is indicative of a systemic problem. Claudiu added "To put
things into perspective, Canada's rural population is about that size.
I am surprised at the frequent US declarations of outrage that follow
each subsequent information leak. In my industry, if you operate
according to the principle of security-by-obscurity, you can forget
about any initiative that relies on secrecy. It simply makes no sense."
Claudiu's latest article on NSA's surveillance practices is available on
the SecurityandPrivacy.ca Blog: http://popa.ca/NSAprivacy
Other current articles authored by Claudiu Popa:
+ Gmail warns Canadian users that their accounts may be targeted by
state-sponsored hackers. http://popa.ca/GovernmentHacking presents the sobering reality that these unnamed government security
attacks may originate in the U.S., China, even Canada.
+ New study suggests that the detection rate of security software is as
low as 5%. Does this false sense of security risk making things worse
for individuals and companies?
A noted speaker and lecturer, Claudiu advises executives on security and
privacy management, surveillance, compliance and all matters involving
data protection. Clients include financial institutions, healthcare
organizations, national associations and government agencies.
Established in 1989, Toronto-based Informatica is Canada's trusted
source for standardized security audits, privacy assessments and
employee awareness training: www.SecurityandPrivacy.ca
SOURCE: Informatica Corporation - Information Security/Risk Management
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