Are Data Breaches Increasing or Decreasing in Number?

Most information security professionals argue over this question, but, usually agree that even if our government establishes a single data breach list requiring mandatory public reporting, a true measurement of data breach activity may always be a point of serious debate. With this level of potential ambiguity facing information security managers in organizations, and rather than trying to focus on a question without a clear answer, we recommend that they read/review the recently released 2009 Identity Theft Resource Center® (ITRC) Breach Report. The ITRC report used percentages to analyze … [Read more...]

Information Security Lessons to be Learned from 2009 Data Breach Listing

As you would expect at this time of the year, many 2009 events are being chronicled and organized into some kind of list for publication.  One such list that our staff found interesting and appropriate for our business continuity and information security community was recently posted on the Computerworld website.  The name of the list cited, in an article written by Jaikumar Vijayan, is  “The 2009 Data Breach Hall of Shame”.   The reason our staff decided to bring this list to your attention, was to offer your information security managers and risk assessment team members a … [Read more...]