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Dan Piazza is a Technical Product Manager at Stealthbits Technologies, responsible for File Systems and Sensitive Data in StealthAUDIT. He has worked in technical roles since 2013, with a passion for cybersecurity, data protection, data storage, and automation. He has a Bachelor’s degree from Bryant University, and outside of tech he enjoys running, tennis, and snowboarding.

Data Subject Access Requests (DSAR) – How to Prepare & Respond

| Dan Piazza | Compliance | Leave a Comment

A term popularized by the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a Data Subject Access Request, also known as a DSAR, is an individual’s right to request information on personally identifiable information (PII) an organization has gathered about them, how that organization is using that data, and who that data has been shared with. PII […]

Types of Azure Storage: Blobs, Files, Queues, Tables, & Disks

Azure Storage is Microsoft’s cloud platform for scalable, modern data storage. If the number of options overwhelms you, then keep reading. Each Azure storage offering will be broken down into simple terms, while also addressing other things to consider when choosing a solution. To make things easier for users, Azure Storage offerings are: Cloud-based Durable […]

NIST Password Guidelines in 2020

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What are NIST Password Guidelines? Since 2014, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST, a U.S. federal agency) has issued requirements and controls for digital identities, including authentication, passwords (known as “memorized secrets”), and more via Special Publication 800-63B. The latest revision (rev. 3) was released in 2017, with updates as recent as 2019. […]

EU-US Privacy Shield Revoked: What This Means for EU-US Commercial Data Transfers

Europe’s top court, the Court of Justice of the European Union, recently struck down the EU-US data privacy arrangement known as Privacy Shield, which many organizations rely on when transferring data from the EU to the United States. Privacy Shield was enacted in 2016 to replace the Safe Harbor Privacy Principles, which was declared invalid by […]

How to Hide API Keys, Credentials, & Authentication Tokens on GitHub

| Dan Piazza | Security | Leave a Comment

With the rise of open-source, more and more public repositories are being hosted on GitHub. In fact, back in 2018 GitHub celebrated 100 million live repositories, and things have only been growing from there. However, with easy access to version control and open source, it’s important to make sure sensitive credentials and authentication tokens aren’t exposed to the public.  Exposed Credentials  Let’s say I’m writing […]

A Guide to California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) Compliance in 2020

| Dan Piazza | Security | Leave a Comment

The California Consumer Privacy Act was signed into law in 2018 and went into effect on January 1st, 2020. With the EU’s GDPR paving the way, CCPA has a significant impact on how enterprises manage security and compliance for user data, as well as how data breaches are handled.  Simply put, the CCPA gives residents of the state of California greater control over their personal data, requiring […]

Migrating Azure Information Protection (AIP) Classic Labels to Unified Labels

Azure Information Protection (AIP) is Microsoft’s cloud-based solution for classifying and, optionally, protecting sensitive documents and emails in both cloud and on-prem environments. AIP is a powerful tool (that we’ve discussed before) that can automatically apply labels and encrypt files based on admin-defined rules, and even protect documents after they’ve left an organization’s network. Changes to AIP […]

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