Comment: UNICEF Data Leak Reveals Personal Info Of 8,000 Online Learners

It has been reported that The United Nations children’s agency, UNICEF, has inadvertently leaked personal information belonging to thousands of users of its online learning portal Agora. The website offers free training courses to UNICEF staff and members of the public on issues such as child rights, humanitarian action, research, and data. An email containing personal details of 8,253 users enrolled in courses on immunization went out to nearly 20,000 Agora users.


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Tony Pepper, CEO,  Egress
September 16, 2019
GDPR has been firmly put back at the top of the boardroom agenda by the hefty fines recently doled out by the ICO to BA and Marriott.
News breaking that a UNICEF employee had inadvertently revealed the personal details of 8,253 users of its Agora online learning platform, through a piece of unstructured data, has brought the need for organisations to ensure they’re using the right tools for the right job back into focus. The leak saw the data of users enrolled on courses on childhood immunisation sent to 20,000 users of the e ....
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Felix Rosbach, Product Manager,  comforte AG
September 13, 2019
A data-centric approach towards cybersecurity may help reduce the possibility of data exposure such as this case.
Another week, another data leak. This time, unfortunately, those trying to do good are the victims. What is clear is that human activity in cyber-space is still susceptible to data breaches, leaks, or exposure and sadly, with the recent wave of data breaches, it does look like data security is not being taken seriously enough. When it comes to data security and privacy, sometimes when companies t ....
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Anjola Adeniyi, Technical Leader ,  Securonix
September 13, 2019
Security culture is essential for any organisations, and enterprises need to ensure staff are aware of the precautions.
This is yet another example of human error resulting in databases being exposed. People can often be the weakest link within cybersecurity, and this often stems from organisations not taking basic cyber hygiene or data security seriously enough. Security culture is essential for any organisations, and enterprises need to ensure staff are aware of the precautions they need to take to keep data secu ....
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Sam Curry, Chief Security Officer,  Cybereason
September 11, 2019
UNICEF is leaning in, taking it seriously, apologising, fixing and so on.
First off kudos UNICEF officials for leaning in and taking steps to limit the damage. The problem though is that the word breach has a Pavlovian response in the media. We have been trained to treat all breaches the same, and they aren't. So UNICEF is leaning in, taking it seriously, apologising, fixing and so on. But there's a big difference between hackers targeting credit cards for instance, tha ....
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Javvad Malik, Security Awareness Advocate,  KnowBe4
September 11, 2019
The fact that UN organisations are not subject to GDPR should not mean that data protection practices should fall off the radar.
This is unfortunately yet another example of where user error has led to private databases being left exposed. It highlights the dire need not only for assurance controls to validate the security of databases, but also for a security culture to be embedded throughout organisations. The fact that UN organisations are not subject to GDPR should not mean that data protection practices should fall off ....
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Lisa Baergen, VP of Marketing ,  NuData Security
September 11, 2019
his layered approach devalues data obtained from breaches or social engineering attacks.
Cybercriminals continue to build their database of account details and credentials. I continue to advise users to change their passwords immediately after being informed of a breach while not clicking on any links in unexpected emails, and to use unique passwords for each account they create. Password manager apps are a great way to help keep all of those credentials safe and secure. Once your dat ....
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