Vendor Breached Your Company Data? Sorry, You’re Still Liable

Rhys Dipshan writes:

Call it the summer of vendor security mishaps.

In June, a data firm hired by the Republican National Committee inadvertently exposed the personal information of almost 200 million American voters by misconfiguring an Amazon cloud server. A month later, Verizon’s customer service vendor NICE Systems made the same mistake and exposed data from 6 million Verizon customers.

While in both cases personal data was only made public for a short amount of time and was not reported lost or stolen, the disclosures highlight one of the most overlooked vulnerabilities companies face in today’s ever-connected economy: their third-party vendors.

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