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Identity is Security: The Internet of Toys

Do you use the same passwords for all your accounts (be honest)? Or, do you do put software and apps on your laptop without going through your IT department to make sure they’re allowed (be honest)? Assuming you were honest, you’re not alone. This week, SailPoint released our annual Market Pulse Survey results – and they aren’t pretty, but they are eye-opening. You can see the full results here.

One finding that isn’t particularly surprising: the most tech-savvy generation entering the workforce has some of the worst security habits. The Millennial generation grew up in a world of social media with blurry boundaries at best, and they’ve brought their comfort with broad, unfettered technology access into the workforce.

Looking beyond SailPoint headlines, we found an interesting plot twist that you won’t want to miss. Japan’s newest minister of cybersecurity revealed an interesting fact about himself that raised eyebrows – he has never used a computer. Let that sink in for a minute.

On the government front in the U.S., there was some encouraging news this week. Congress unanimously passed legislation to establish a new agency focused solely on cybersecurity – calling it the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. Conversely, a report out this week found the Office of Personnel Management has more work to do on securing the data of civilian government workers.

And finally, if any of you are in a shopping mood, and you should be aware that the Internet of Toys is alive and well this year. This week, Mozilla released its buyer’s guide for toys and rated them on their security and privacy, something we might just want to keep handy year-round.

Now it’s your turn. Let us know what you read in security news this week!