Auditing

When transferring files, isn’t all encryption the same?

Definitely not. To begin with, there are numerous kinds of encryption—some of which can actually be broken quite easily. One of the earlier common forms of encryption (around 1996) relied on encryption keys that were 40 bits in length; surprisingly, many technologies and products continue to use this older, weaker form of encryption. […]

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Google versus China – Is your company at risk?

Google revealed yesterday a targeted phishing attack from China against hundreds of GMail users, including government officials and military personnel.  The FBI, Department of Homeland Security, and the White House National Security Council are all participating in an investigation of the cyber attack. My hope is that this breach will […]

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Sony data breach biggest ever; Lawsuit filed

Last week’s Sony data breach shattered TJX’s longstanding record for the largest customer data theft ever, a dubious honor that TJX has held since 2007. The massive Sony breach leaves millions and millions of credit cards at risk.  Details still aren’t clear yet, but the Sony breach *may* have included […]

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The cost of a data breach now averages over $7 million dollars!

Did you know that the average cost of a data breach is $7.2 million dollars? Or that the cost of each compromised record is $214, an increase of 7% over last year? A data breach resulting in the loss or theft of protected personal data will have serious financial consequences […]

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16,000,000 reported breached records in 2010

Does it feel like you’re hearing about a new data breach almost every day? Well guess what — you likely are.  The Identity Theft Resource Center recorded 662 data breaches on its 2010 ITRC Breach List.  That averages to over a dozen reported breaches per week…. And a whopping total […]

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ICO issues first monetary penalties for data protection breaches

For those unfamiliar, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in the United Kingdom is the independent regulatory office dealing with data protection regulations such as the Data Protection Act. Like many policy makers, the actual enforcement of policies has been a major stumbling block to their potential effectiveness.  Up until recently, […]

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WikiLeaks isn’t the problem. USB drives aren’t the problem either.

Okay we get it.  WikiLeaks had the gumption to collect private cables sent to and from the United States State Department, and actually publish them on a website accessible by anyone with Internet access.  But the United States State Department blaming USB thumb drives and/or WikiLeaks for their failure to […]

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