Online Trust Alliance

Online Trust Alliance The Internet Society’s Online Trust Alliance (OTA) provides guidance to help make online transactions safer and better protect users’ data.
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OTA's goal is to increase consumer protection and control of their data, online activities and transactions, thereby enhancing online trust and confidence and the long-term vitality and innovation of internet based services

Mission: The Internet Society’s Online Trust Alliance (OTA) identifies and promotes security and privacy best practices that build consumer confidence in the Internet. Leading public and private organizations, vendors, researchers, and policymakers contribute to and follow OTA’s guidance to help make online transactions safer and better protect users’ data. The Internet Society is a global nonprofit dedicated to ensuring an open, globally connected, trustworthy, and secure Internet for everyone.

A reminder about this in-depth #DMARC bootcamp from our friends at GlobalCyberAlliance - check it out and register and m...
04/20/2020
GCA DMARC Bootcamp May 2020

A reminder about this in-depth #DMARC bootcamp from our friends at GlobalCyberAlliance - check it out and register and make #email #security a priority!

DMARC is considered the industry standard for email authentication to prevent attacks from malicious third parties sending harmful email using a counterfeit address. By implementing DMARC, you lower the odds of your domains being spoofed and used for phishing attacks against others. DMARC is also an...

Check out our article in CPO Magazine on #cryptojacking and how it's affecting businesses.
01/17/2020
Cryptojacking’s Big Impact on Business - CPO Magazine

Check out our article in CPO Magazine on #cryptojacking and how it's affecting businesses.

Cryptojacking incidents are increasing faster than any other types of cyber incident with reports indicate that it has tripled since 2017. Why are cryptojacking rates on the rise and how do you recognize it?

Deep Dive: How Does the Consumer Sector Score on #Privacy and #Security? | Internet Society
01/07/2020
Deep Dive: How Does the Consumer Sector Score on Privacy and Security? | Internet Society

Deep Dive: How Does the Consumer Sector Score on #Privacy and #Security? | Internet Society

In April 2019 the Internet Society’s Online Trust Alliance released its 10th annual Online Trust Audit & Honor Roll. The Audit looks at the security and privacy practices of over 1,000 of the top sites on the Internet from retailers to government sites. In this post we will take a deeper dive into...

How did #news and #media organizations do in our audit of #privacy and #security practices? Learn more.
12/19/2019
Deep Dive: How the News and Media Sector Scores on Security and Privacy | Internet Society

How did #news and #media organizations do in our audit of #privacy and #security practices? Learn more.

In April 2019 the Internet Society’s Online Trust Alliance released its 10th annual Online Trust Audit & Honor Roll. The Audit looks at the security and privacy practices of over 1,000 of the top sites in various sectors. The news and and media sector, compromised of the top 100 news and media sit...

Cryptojacking attacks have more than tripled since 2017. And though #cryptojacking waned in late 2018 as cryptocurrency ...
12/18/2019
The silent rise of cryptojacking | SC Media

Cryptojacking attacks have more than tripled since 2017. And though #cryptojacking waned in late 2018 as cryptocurrency prices fell, it has made a resurgence in 2019 along with the rising #cryptocurrency prices. Learn more:

The term “cyber breach” brings to mind customer data strewn across the internet, social security numbers permeating the dark web and major news headlines.

Thanks TODAY'S TMJ4 for covering our #privacy report on U.S. presidential campaigns! - Audit raises startling questions ...
10/25/2019
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Thanks TODAY'S TMJ4 for covering our #privacy report on U.S. presidential campaigns! - Audit raises startling questions about what political campaigns do with your data

Celebrating National #Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) to help organizations and consumers #BeCyberSmart. Learn mor...
10/02/2019
Celebrating National Cybersecurity Awareness Month | Internet Society

Celebrating National #Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) to help organizations and consumers #BeCyberSmart. Learn more about some of our resources.

Every October, we mark National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. From the U.S. Department of Homeland Security website, “Held every October, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) is a collaborative effort between government and industry to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecuri...

Our #webinar is starting now! We analyzed 29 variables in 1,200 #privacy statements. How do they do in the context of co...
09/26/2019
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Our #webinar is starting now! We analyzed 29 variables in 1,200 #privacy statements. How do they do in the context of common themes across three global privacy regulations: #GDPR, #CCPA, and #PIPEDA? Join us now (1PM EDT/5PM UTC)! https://isoc.zoom.us/j/449295946

Zoom is the leader in modern enterprise video communications, with an easy, reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, chat, and webinars across mobile, desktop, and room systems. Zoom Rooms is the original software-based conference room solution used around the world in board, confer...

Deep Dive: How Do Banks Score on #Privacy and #Security? Taking a deeper look at #banks in the Online Trust Audit.
09/26/2019
Deep Dive: How Do Banks Score on Privacy and Security? | Internet Society

Deep Dive: How Do Banks Score on #Privacy and #Security? Taking a deeper look at #banks in the Online Trust Audit.

In April 2019 the Internet Society’s Online Trust Alliance published its 10th annual Online Trust Audit & Honor Roll assessing the security and privacy of 1,200 top organizations. The Banking sector includes the top 100 banks in the U.S., based on assets according to the Federal Deposit Insurance ...

Join us on Thursday, 26 Sep, at 1PM EDT / 5PM UTC for a #Webinar on our new paper: Are Organizations Ready for New #Priv...
09/24/2019
Webinar: Are Organizations Ready for New Privacy Regulations? | Internet Society

Join us on Thursday, 26 Sep, at 1PM EDT / 5PM UTC for a #Webinar on our new paper: Are Organizations Ready for New #Privacy Regulations? Register today!

The 10th Online Trust Audit analyzed 29 variables in 1,200 privacy statements to determine how well they convey information to users. A new report called “Are Organizations Ready for New Privacy Regulations?” takes another look at these privacy statements in the context of common themes across t...

Join us on 26 September at 1PM EDT / 5PM UTC for a #webinar on our new #privacy report analyzing 1200 organizations agai...
09/20/2019
Webinar: Are Organizations Ready for New Privacy Regulations? | Internet Society

Join us on 26 September at 1PM EDT / 5PM UTC for a #webinar on our new #privacy report analyzing 1200 organizations against #GDPR, #CCPA, and #PIPEDA. Register today!

The 10th Online Trust Audit analyzed 29 variables in 1,200 privacy statements to determine how well they convey information to users. A new report called “Are Organizations Ready for New Privacy Regulations?” takes another look at these privacy statements in the context of common themes across t...

New paper - #IoT #Privacy for Policymakers: Solutions Need Informed Discussion
09/19/2019
IoT Privacy for Policymakers: Solutions Need Informed Discussion | Internet Society

New paper - #IoT #Privacy for Policymakers: Solutions Need Informed Discussion

The consumer Internet of Things market is growing exponentially – one prediction suggests that people will be using 25 billion connected devices by 2021. These new products promise innovation and convenience, but they can also erode privacy boundaries and expose consumers to risk without their kno...

In our latest report, “Are Organizations Ready for New Privacy Regulations?” OTA analyzed 29 variables in 1,200 #privacy...
09/17/2019
OTA Analysis Finds Most Organizations Not Ready For New Privacy Regulations | Internet Society

In our latest report, “Are Organizations Ready for New Privacy Regulations?” OTA analyzed 29 variables in 1,200 #privacy statements against common themes in three major privacy regulations: GDPR, CCPA, and PIPEDA.
We found that many organizations’ privacy statements fail to meet common privacy principles, including the user’s right to request information, to understand how their data is being shared with third parties and the ability of that information to be deleted upon request.
Read the full report and see the infographic!

Reston, VA. – September 17, 2019 – The Internet Society’s Online Trust Alliance (OTA), which identifies and promotes security and privacy best practices that build consumer confidence in the Internet, announced today the results of its latest report, “Are Organizations Ready for New Privacy ...

Using #domain data to thwart #cybercrime and BEC fraud.
09/09/2019
How Domain Data Helps Thwart BEC Fraud

Using #domain data to thwart #cybercrime and BEC fraud.

It's true, domain data has many practical uses that individuals and organizations may or may not know about. But most would likely be interested in how it can help combat cyber threats, which have been identified as the greatest risks businesses will face this year. Dubbed as the greatest bane of mo...

In pursuit of security, some governments are making decisions that could harm the Internet. They’ve taken actions that c...
08/28/2019
Improving Internet Trust: Ironing out the Details | Internet Society

In pursuit of security, some governments are making decisions that could harm the Internet. They’ve taken actions that could weaken digital security, have the potential to fracture the Internet, and some have even shut the Internet down in their country.

We all can make some pretty rash decisions under stress. I once burned a hole through my undershirt instead of ironing my button-down shirt because I was so nervous before a presentation. The Internet has its challenges and sometimes can seem like a scary place. In the 2019 survey, the CIGI-Ipsos Gl...

This year in our Online Trust Audit, we captured date stamps of 1,000+ privacy statements. Why dating your #privacy stat...
08/27/2019
How “Fresh” is That Privacy Statement? | Internet Society

This year in our Online Trust Audit, we captured date stamps of 1,000+ privacy statements. Why dating your #privacy statement matters:

One of the best practices we advocate and measure in our Online Trust Audit is that privacy statements should have a date stamp visible at the top of the page. This is an issue of transparency and lets readers know when the statement was last updated. Combined with another advocated best practice .....

Credit card #privacy matters: Apple Card vs. Chase Amazon Prime Rewards Visa - The Washington Post
08/26/2019
Perspective | The spy in your wallet: Credit cards have a privacy problem

Credit card #privacy matters: Apple Card vs. Chase Amazon Prime Rewards Visa - The Washington Post

In our latest privacy experiment, we bought one banana with the new Apple Card — and another with the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa from Chase. Here’s who tracked, mined and shared our data.

How did #healthcare organizations do in the Online Trust Audit? Let's take a closer look at how they're doing in #privac...
08/20/2019
Deep Dive: How Healthcare Organizations Practice Privacy and Security | Internet Society

How did #healthcare organizations do in the Online Trust Audit? Let's take a closer look at how they're doing in #privacy and #security. Hint: #email authentication needs a lot of work!

In April, the Online Trust Alliance published the 11th annual Online Trust Audit assessing the security and privacy of 1,200 top organizations across several industry sectors. For the first time, this year’s Audit covered 100 of the top healthcare organizations, including lab testing companies, ph...

From our recent Cyber Incident & Breach Trends report, #security tips to prevent #cryptojacking (and general #bestpracti...
08/02/2019

From our recent Cyber Incident & Breach Trends report, #security tips to prevent #cryptojacking (and general #bestpractices to prevent other bad things).

Finally, #10 on the #cyberincident readiness principle list from the Cyber Incident & Breach Trends Report is all about ...
07/19/2019

Finally, #10 on the #cyberincident readiness principle list from the Cyber Incident & Breach Trends Report is all about clear, timely, and regular communication. http://ow.ly/bKfG30p76rD

Our 9th #cyberincident readiness principle from the Cyber Incident & Breach Trends Report is all about #IoT and employee...
07/19/2019

Our 9th #cyberincident readiness principle from the Cyber Incident & Breach Trends Report is all about #IoT and employee policies for connected devices. http://ow.ly/7q6N30p76rB

The 8th #cyberincident readiness principle from the Cyber Incident & Breach Trends Report covers risk assessment of #clo...
07/18/2019

The 8th #cyberincident readiness principle from the Cyber Incident & Breach Trends Report covers risk assessment of #cloudproviders and other third parties. http://ow.ly/oNpu30p76rA

Our 7th #cyberincident readiness principle from the Cyber Incident & Breach Trends Report is the need to evolve and impr...
07/18/2019

Our 7th #cyberincident readiness principle from the Cyber Incident & Breach Trends Report is the need to evolve and improve #security measures over time. http://ow.ly/ryeG30p76rz

#6 of our #cyberincident readiness principles from the Cyber Incident & Breach Trends Report is creating an incident pla...
07/17/2019

#6 of our #cyberincident readiness principles from the Cyber Incident & Breach Trends Report is creating an incident plan. http://ow.ly/AF1F30p76ry

Halfway through our top 10 #cyberincident readiness principles in the Cyber Incident & Breach Trends Report - this time ...
07/17/2019

Halfway through our top 10 #cyberincident readiness principles in the Cyber Incident & Breach Trends Report - this time we discuss protecting the whole #data ecosystem: http://ow.ly/umd830p76rx

The 4th #cyberincident readiness principle from the Cyber Incident & Breach Trends Report is about #data minimization st...
07/16/2019

The 4th #cyberincident readiness principle from the Cyber Incident & Breach Trends Report is about #data minimization strategies. http://ow.ly/CnHn30p76rw

Our 3rd #cyberincident readiness principle from the Cyber Incident & Breach Trends Report is about #dataretention. http:...
07/16/2019

Our 3rd #cyberincident readiness principle from the Cyber Incident & Breach Trends Report is about #dataretention. http://ow.ly/8LZC30p76ru

Our Top 10 #cyberincident readiness principles continue from our Cyber Incident & Breach Trends Report. 2 is about knowi...
07/15/2019

Our Top 10 #cyberincident readiness principles continue from our Cyber Incident & Breach Trends Report. 2 is about knowing what #data you have. http://ow.ly/tvHN30p76rt

The marketing around the Internet of Things (IoT) has become almost nonstop. Smart-this will make your life better, happ...
07/15/2019
The Internet of Things: Connecting the Dots to Become a Smart Consumer | Internet Society

The marketing around the Internet of Things (IoT) has become almost nonstop. Smart-this will make your life better, happier, more efficient. If only you had smart-that, you would reap the benefits of the marvelous technological age in which we live. But this often leaves out key information consumers need to make real smart choices. Read more in this blog post.

According to a recent survey conducted by Consumers International and the Internet Society, 63% of consumers think the way Internet-connected devices collect data is “creepy.” The Trust Opportunity: Exploring Consumer Attitudes to the Internet of Things, which polled people in the US, Canada, Ja...

All this week we’re sharing our top 10 #cyberincident readiness principles from our Cyber Incident & Breach Trends Repor...
07/15/2019

All this week we’re sharing our top 10 #cyberincident readiness principles from our Cyber Incident & Breach Trends Report. We begin with organization-wide #security responsibility. http://ow.ly/yFSu30p76rs

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The Internet Society’s Online Trust Alliance (OTA) identifies and promotes security and privacy best practices that build consumer confidence in the Internet. To address escalating online threats, leading public and private organizations, vendors, researchers, and policymakers have joined together to drive broad adoption of the technologies and practices that foster confidence, build reputation, and protect both consumers and organizations. OTA’s extensive research and independent benchmark reporting deliver uniquely comprehensive insight and practical recommendations for organizations to remain in the vanguard of trusted brands. An active forum for industry collaboration, OTA's security and privacy best practices deliver tangible improvements in organizations of all sizes, advancing the Internet Society’s mission to ensure an open, globally connected, trustworthy, and secure Internet for everyone.

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The Internet Society’s Online Trust Alliance (OTA) identifies and promotes security and privacy best practices that build consumer confidence in the Internet.

To address escalating online threats, leading public and private organizations, vendors, researchers, and policymakers have joined together to drive broad adoption of the technologies and practices that foster confidence, build reputation, and protect both consumers and organizations.

OTA’s extensive research and independent benchmark reporting deliver uniquely comprehensive insight and practical recommendations for organizations to remain in the vanguard of trusted brands. An active forum for industry collaboration, OTA's security and privacy best practices deliver tangible improvements in organizations of all sizes, advancing the Internet Society’s mission to ensure an open, globally connected, trustworthy, and secure Internet for everyone.

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2017 Online Trust Audit released. 52% of top 1,000 sites are named to the Honor Roll, while 65% of FDIC banks & 60% of US Govt sites receive failing grades.
2017 Online Trust Audit released. 52% of top 1,000 sites are named to the Honor Roll, while 65% of FDIC banks & 60% of US Govt sites receive failing grades.