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Aug 14, 2017
IoT Institute

The Internet of Things poses a hydra-headed security threat. On the one hand, there’s a plethora of applications, devices, communication protocols, software and hardware.

Aug 4, 2017
Bloomberg BNA

The explosion of the internet of things (IoT) means that the cybersecurity threats lurking online can target consumers—including Uncle Sam. Now, a bi-partisan group of Senators want to make sure that Uncle Sam buys only the safest IoT devices. Craig Spiezle, founder of the Online Trust Alliance, said in a statement that “having baseline minimum standards is good because government agencies don’t have to reinvent the wheel when it comes

Jul 26, 2017
Bloomberg BNA

More public companies described “cybersecurity” as a risk in their financial disclosures in the first half of 2017 than in all of 2016, suggesting that board and C-suite fears over data breaches may be escalating. Organizations are realizing that any data they collect can be breached or lost, Seattle-based Online Trust Alliance Executive Director Craig Spiezle told Bloomberg BNA.

Jul 3, 2017
International Business Times

A majority of websites for major financial institutions in the United States failed based on web security testing and privacy analysis audits.

Jun 30, 2017
CPO Magazine

A recent audit of websites by the well-known Online Trust Alliance has revealed something that many consumers have long suspected. Financial institutions are the least trusted when it comes to cybersecurity.

Jun 28, 2017

With consumer and enterprise sites getting slammed with attacks, the Online Trust Alliance recently unveiled its 2017 Online Trust Audit & Honor Roll to highlight those sites that engage in the best security and privacy practices. "It's all about following the basics," says Craig Spiezle, executive director and president of the Online Trust Alliance (OTA). In the security and resiliency category those "basics" include not only patc

Jun 28, 2017
NBC News

Websites run by the country’s largest banks and the U.S. federal government scored the poorest in a new security and privacy analysis. “We look at the end-to-end user experience on the site: How secure is the data being held, what are their privacy policies and what do they do to protect users from fraud,” said Craig Spiezle, OTA founder and chairman emeritus. "We use the same tools that are available to anyone, including cyber criminals.”

Jun 22, 2017

A new study from the Online Trust Alliance suggests the Internet’s most popular Web sites need to strengthen their email security.

Jun 22, 2017

The Online Trust Alliance on Tuesday released its 2017 Online Trust Audit & Honor Roll. Among its findings: Consumer services sites have the best combined security and privacy practices. FDIC 100 banks and U.S. government sites are the least trustworthy, according to the audit. "Data is the 'oil' of the Internet economy. It is fueling innovation, growth and revenue.

Jun 21, 2017

Most federal websites failed a security and privacy assessment by the Online Trust Alliance, a nonprofit advocacy group. Many federal sites didn’t have adequate email authentication processes for users, a major factor in the failure of about 55 percent of the 100 federal sites OTA benchmarked.