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Fahmida Y. Rashid

Senior Managing Editor

Fahmida brings over a decade of IT security news reporting along with ten years of network administration and software development to Decipher.

Every security story has a human face, and her goal is to bring those stories to light. As the senior managing editor of Decipher, she will focus on ways security can impact how people live, work, and play. She enjoys working on stories that speak to those outside the security industry, highlighting the intersection of security and other technology areas. Over the years, she has seen enough to make her overzealous about her personal threat-model, but she doesn’t hold it against anyone for having a more relaxed worldview.

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249 articles by Fahmida Y. Rashid

EFF Says Privacy Loopholes Remain in CCPA

California is expected to begin enforcing its new consumer privacy law starting July 1, but the Electronic Frontier Foundation is concerned about all the loopholes that still remain.

Privacy, Government

Give IT a Break from Software Updates

Microsoft said it will pause non-security Windows updates beginning in May as part of its plan to reduce the update pressure on IT and security teams, as they are busy keeping organizations operational during the COVID-19 pandemic. Other software companies are adjusting their release schedules, recognizing that IT and security teams are currently stretched thin.

Appsec, Application Security, Appdev, Ciso, Patch

California, NY Consumer Privacy Laws Protect Data from Misuse

Organizations collecting and maintaining personal information about California and New York residents should be paying attention as the data security element of New York's SHIELD Act goes into effect and the California Attorney General releases a second set of modifications on regulations on implementing CCPA.

Data Privacy

Insurers See Ransomware Claims More Than Double

Ransomware attacks are on the rise, and the in-house breach investigations team at insurance company Beazley Group said there were 131 percent more ransomware attacks against its customers in 2019 than was in 2018. The spike in attacks were most evident in healthcare, professional services, and financial services.

Ransomware, Cybersecurity Insurance

Use Data, Not Magical Thinking

Many security leaders rely on a cost-per-record metric to calculate the costs of a security incident. The latest research from Cyentia Institute using Advisen data shows estimates based on that metric are frequently inaccurate.

Risk, Data Breaches, Risk Management