DNA Forensics Can Solve Crimes. Are There Also Privacy Risks?

June 5, 2018
Hosted by Rebecca Herold

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Those DNA ancestry kits are very popular. But how accurate are they? Can they really pinpoint the country where your ancestors came from? And with whom do ancestry businesses share that data? Was that data given to police which led to the Golden State Killer arrest, or did it come from other sources? How valuable is DNA in making criminal convictions, as well as exonerating the innocent? What parts of the human body provide the best types of DNA for analysis? How has DNA forensics analysis changed over the years? Is a human DNA sample ever too old to analyze? In what ways do you leave behind your DNA throughout the day? Can DNA analysis really be accomplished with a single strand of hair? Can your relatives provide DNA about you? How close in match is the DNA of identical twins? What are privacy considerations for DNA sharing? Listen in to this episode to hear how DNA was used in criminal cases, and to learn more from a DNA forensics expert who has analyzed over 900 cases!

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Data Security and Privacy with the Privacy Professor

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There are more information security and privacy threats than ever before. As more technologies emerge, more surveillance tactics are used, and more artificial intelligence systems are deployed, cybersecurity and privacy risks grow exponentially. Rebecca has spent her entire career working to improve information security and privacy protections, by not only raising awareness of the issues within businesses and other types of organizations, but also by raising the awareness of these risks in the public and helping them to understand how to better protect their own personal data, allowing them to take their privacy protections into their own hands. Rebecca offers information about these existing and emerging security and privacy risks and provides fresh insights into the impacts of exploiting these risks, and gives guidance, tips, expert advice and news, with fascinating guests, to help all organizations, and the general public, understand what they need to do to mitigate these risks.

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Rebecca Herold

Rebecca Herold

Rebecca has 25-plus years of systems engineering, information security, privacy and compliance experience, is CEO of The Privacy Professor(R) consultancy she founded in 2004, and Co-Founder/CEO of Privacy Security Brainiacs online services, where Rebecca engineered the systems and created all the content, including automated risk assessments and training courses. Rebecca has authored 20 books, contributed to dozens of other books, and published hundreds of articles. Rebecca led the NIST Smart Grid Privacy Subgroup for 7 years, a member of the NIST Privacy Framework development team, and is a NIST Cybersecurity for IoT Program team member. Rebecca has provided expert witness services for HIPAA compliance, IoT security, privacy and location tracking, retirement community members’ personal data misuse, and other cases. Rebecca was co-founder and officer of the IEEE P1912 Privacy and Security Architecture for Consumer Wireless Devices Working Group, and is on numerous advisory boards. Rebecca was Adjunct Professor for the Norwich University MSISA program for 9 years. Rebecca has received numerous awards, including named as a Top 100 Women Fighting Cybercrime and a Cybersecurity Woman of the Year. Rebecca has provided keynotes on 5 continents and is frequently interviewed on TV and in international publications. Rebecca holds the following certifications: FIP, CDPSE, CISSP, CISA, CISM, CIPT, CIPM, CIPP/US, FLMI. Ponemon Privacy Fellow. Rebecca is based in Des Moines, Iowa, USA.

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