Commentaries and Analyses

Pointer: Are People Really Harmed By a Data Security Breach?

Privacy law scholar Daniel Solove has a great opinion piece, inspired, in part, by the Maine Supreme Court ruling in the Hannaford Bros. case. Dan writes, in part: There are at least three general bases upon which plaintiffs argue they are injured by a data security breach: 1. The exposure of their data has...

I’ll Take 2 MasterCards and a Visa, Please

Brian Krebs writes: When you’re shopping for stolen credit and debit cards online, there are so many choices these days. A glut of stolen data — combined with cutthroat competition and innovation among vendors — is conspiring to keep prices for stolen account numbers exceedingly low. Even so, many readers probably have no idea...

Preventing Data Breaches: Lessons From Higher Education

Alex Rothacker writes: Since 2008, higher education institutions have experienced a staggering 158 data breaches resulting in over 2.3 million reported records compromised. In 2009 alone there were 57 reported data breaches, and year to date through July of 2010, there have already been 32 breaches. Considering that most breaches are not reported until...

VA beefs up data security of network devices

Mary Mosquera reports: By the end of September, information security managers at the Department of Veterans Affairs will have the electronic tools in place that will let them see how vulnerable the one million computers and other devices connected to the VA network are.For the last six months, VA has been deploying multiple software...

61% of data losses are malicious – Imperva

Research just released claims that malicious intent is behind 62% of data losses, with insider breaches accounting for 33% and hackers accounting for 29% of noted incidents. The study of more than 1100 US and international IT security professionals also found that the remaining data losses were accidental in nature. According to Imperva, the...