Credit Card Frauds – What You Should Know

Given the recent spate of news articles about credit card frauds, we thought we should ‘de-mystify’ all the discussions going on and outline what you, the user, needs to know to safeguard against such frauds. What comprises a ‘Credit Card Fraud’? When criminals get hold of your credit card details (including the cvv number printed on the reverse of your card) and use these to make purchases with your card,…

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Are Your Kids Online? Watch Out!

Every parent’s worst nightmare is her child losing his / her way in the online world given the widespread exposure that today’s children have to a proliferation of smart devices such as laptops, iPads or Smart Phones. Each of these brings with it its own set of challenges for the parent while exposing the innocent child to a world where technology could end up leading the child to the bad…

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Lessons Reiterated by the New York Times Hack

As we keep interacting with folks from different types of organisations in this part of the world, and keep addressing so many ‘fallacies’ around managing Information Security, along comes news of yet another high-profile hack that reiterates some basic lessons. Here is a ‘quick take’ on the lessons we can learn… What Happened – The Background: – The NYT revealed yesterday that it’s computer systems had been attacked & infiltrated…

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Stay Paranoid, Stay Safe

28th January is commemorated as ‘Data Privacy Day’ worldwide. While the Data Privacy and Security folks are all charged up and enthusiastic, as always, about this day, we find that it quietly passes by the vast majority of people for whom it is actually relevant – all of you out there who are heavily invested in the digital world via Emails, via social media like Facebook / Twitter, via online…

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As We Welcome 2013…

Here’s wishing you and your near & dear ones a very Happy, Healthy, Peaceful & Prosperous New Year from all of us here at Arrka. A few days ago, our team at Arrka went out for dinner where the conversation turned to reflecting on the year gone by and what we wished for in the coming year. Over some mouth-watering tandoori prawns and galouti kababs, we started talking about the…

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India’s CISOs: Facing Challenges with Confidence

As I reflect on the wonderful two days spent at the 5th Annual CSO Summit  organized by 9.9 Media, I was thinking back about the earlier summits and how the CISO role and the community has evolved in India over the years. The Indian CISO is today dealing with even greater challenges than before – but is also sounding a lot more confident. This may perhaps be because of the…

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Wake Up, Marketers in India!

A recent conversation with a friend who’s putting together an online campaign for her brand: Me: BTW, in your campaign, have you ensured all the consumer data you are planning to collect would be properly protected? After all, you are collecting some sensitive personal data from folks She: Our IT Team is excellent – am sure they have the most secure database systems. Besides, Indian junta is not all that…

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Have You Protected Yourself Adequately on Facebook?

Its indeed been a while since I did a post on the Arrka blog. However, what spurred me to restart has been the various queries I’ve been receiving off late from friends and acquaintances about privacy and security around social media – particularly Facebook. While doling out some gyaan on the topic, I realised a larger audience would also benefit from this. So here is a detailed note on how…

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Upcoming Workshops from Arrka

Hi Folks, Excited to be doing two workshops this month : 1. On DLP, Data Protection & Encryption: Although the topic sounds highly techie and rather esoteric, the workshop is actually designed keeping a semi-tech audience in mind. So if you are interested in knowing more about how to protect one of your most critical assets, i.e. data, then do join us on 25th August 2011 at Mumbai. This our…

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The Dark Side of Social Media

All ye marketers and business heads out there – am sure you are all busy designing or approving campaigns involving social media. A game on facebook to create a buzz around your latest launch, a mobile app developed to promote your new initiative, a video on youtube showing a live demo of your product – all this and more must be an increasing part of your plans. However, there are risks…

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