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Symantec Announces New Security Features For Microsoft Office 365

New capabilities in Symantec DLP include automatic protection for sensitive emails and attachments in Office 365 and Gmail

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Symantec expands security features for Microsoft Office 365. Flickr

Cyber security leader Symantec on Wednesday announced new enhancements to its Data Loss Prevention (DLP) technology to protect information in Office 365.

With Symantec DLP, data is protected whether at rest or in transit — on-premises or in the Cloud — and everywhere it flows through a single management console, the company said in a statement.

“As enterprises migrate to Office 365 and other Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications, they risk a huge potential of data loss, which is made even more complex in the face of increasing data regulations such as GDPR,” said Nico Popp, Senior Vice President of Information Protection, Symantec.

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Monitoring and protecting data in the Cloud generation is a complex task, and EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and other similar privacy regulations have further raised the stakes on data security, privacy and compliance.

Enterprises are rapidly adopting SaaS applications, including Office 365, that require data to continuously move between endpoints, Cloud and third parties such as partners, vendors or contractors, said Symantec.

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New capabilities in Symantec DLP include automatic protection for sensitive emails and attachments in Office 365 and Gmail, with identity-based encryption and digital rights management. (IANS)

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Two in Three Hotel Websites Leak Guest Booking Details: Report

All of the hotels did have a privacy policy but none of them mentioned this behaviour explicitly

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Two in three hotel websites leak guest booking details and allow access to their personal data to third-party sites such as advertisers and analytics companies, a new report by California-headquartered global cybersecurity company Symantec said on Thursday.

“I tested multiple websites, including more than 1,500 hotels in 54 countries, to determine how common this privacy issue is. I found that two in three or 67 per cent of these sites are inadvertently leaking booking reference codes to third-party sites such as advertisers and analytics companies,” Candid Wueest, Principal Threat Researcher, Symantec, said in a statement.

All of the hotels did have a privacy policy but none of them mentioned this behaviour explicitly.

Notably, it has been almost a year since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect in Europe, but many hotels affected by this issue have been very slow to acknowledge, much less address it.

However, some reservation systems were commendable as they only revealed a numerical value and the date of the stay and did not divulge any personal information. But a majority of them leaked personal data including full name, email address, postal address, mobile phone number, last four digits of credit card, card type and expiration date, and passport number.

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A deliveryman walks near entrance of a JW Marriott hotel in Beijing, China, Jan. 11, 2018. VOA

Over half (57 per cent) of the sites that were tested send a confirmation email to customers with a direct access link to their booking. This is provided for the convenience of the customer, thus, allowing them to simply click on the link and go straight to their reservation without having to log in.

“Since the email requires a static link, HTTP POST web requests are not really an option, meaning the booking reference code and the email are passed as arguments in the URL itself.

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“On its own, this would not be an issue. However, many sites directly load additional content on the same website, such as advertisements. This means that direct access is shared either directly with other resources or indirectly through the referrer field in the HTTP request,” Wueest noted.

“My tests have shown that an average of 176 requests are generated per booking, although not all these requests contain the booking details. This number indicates that the booking data could be shared quite widely,” he added. (IANS)