Government Data Breaches in 2014

Some interesting stats from InformationWeek & the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse… “Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, which maintains a database of all publicly reported data breaches since 2005, lists just 27 incidents involving a government entity so far in 2014. That number represents about half the 55 breaches reported by government agencies last year and less than one-third […]

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Retail Data Breaches – It’s that time of year again!

With the cold weather, the shorter days, and the holiday season comes the retail data breach season!  Last year saw big retailers and household names like Target, Neiman Marcus, and Home Depot announce security breaches.  Fashion retailer Bebe has been the first big name of this “season” to announce they have been breached. “Fashion retailer […]

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Looking to 2015, Phishing & Malware Expected to Rise

The healthcare industry has the perfect storm for digital attackers.  High valued assets (PHI & PII) and low barrier to entry (less than mature information security).  Professionals from around the industry are expecting a rise in attacks on healthcare data, specifically phishing and malware attacks in 2015. “Lynn Sessions, a partner with the law firm […]

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Privacy and Security: Teamwork Required to Tackle Incident Response

Don’t you wish you had the right culture, resources and best practices to protect customer information and effectively respond when incidents occur? Increasing risk of financial and healthcare data breaches and fines, coupled with the complexities of complying with a patchwork of state and federal laws, is fueling the need for strong leadership, collaboration, innovative […]

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How Breaches like Target and Home Deport are Changing the Role of the CISO

With the 1 year anniversary of the Target data breach approaching much has changed in the privacy and information security landscape since the mega breach.  No position has felt the ripple more than the Chief Information Security Officer.  The risks have not subsided, or the challenges reduced, but the level of publicity those two breaches […]

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Why Organizations Should Automate Incident Response

Organizations are seeing a spike in privacy and security incidents and it is becoming clear that manual processes just isn’t adequate.  Privacy and security professionals are turning to automation to help tackle the volume and complexity of these incidents.  A recent whitepaper in conjunction with the CISO Executive Network outlines how leading CISOs from all […]

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Why consistent incident risk assessment is so hard, yet so important

Organizations have a renewed focus on privacy & security incident assessment and response but continue to struggle with consistent processes.  The importance of a consistent incident risk assessment cannot be overstated.  The article below breaks down the reason why consistency is so important and why it is so challenging. Why it is so important: “If […]

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4.5 Million Patients Exposed in Community Health Services Data Breach

According to multiple reports coming out of Illinois, Chinese hackers have siphoned the personal information of approximately 4.5 million patients out of Community Health Services network.  To put that in context, that’s almost the population of Ireland (4.7 Million). “While the attack certainly generates negative publicity for the company, CHS says it has insurance for […]

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Data Incident Response – You’re Doing it Wrong!

Using a GRC platform, spreadsheet or homegrown system to manage your privacy and security incident response?  You’re doing it wrong!  You need the right tool for the job! About five years ago I walked into a fly fishing shop near me looking for some flies.  At the time I didn’t know much about fly fishing, […]

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7.3 Million New Yorkers Exposed in Data Breaches in 2013

The attorney general of New York recently released a data breach report revealing that over 900 breaches resulted in the exposure of 7.3 million new yorkers sensitive information during 2013.  The breaches at Target and LivingSocial make up the largest chunk of that breached data but with 900 breaches during the whole year, businesses of […]

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