Compliance

Caution: Web-searchable servers and databases

August 2011:  Yale University announced that 43,000 social security numbers posted to an insecure FTP server have been available to Google search engine users for the past 10-months. May 2011:  Southern California Medical-Legal Consultants (SCMLC) disclosed that the medical records of 300,000 injured workers were available online to the public […]

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Can a file transfer system enable central management and control?

You might say that the entire point of a Managed File Transfer (MFT) system is to do exactly that: provide centralized management and control. For example, let’s say that your company is subject to the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). Requirement 4 of PCI DSS is to “encrypt […]

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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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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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Takeaways from Verizon’s 2011 Data Breach Investigations Report

Many thanks to the Verizon RISK Team (along with the U.S. Secret Service and the Dutch High Tech Crime Unit) for publishing their 7th annual analysis of data breaches.  Compromised data continues to plague organizations worldwide, and studies like the 2011 Data Breach Investigations Report can help us all avoid […]

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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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