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Data Breach Excuses and What They Really Mean: Excuse 3

Posted December 29, 2010    Peter McCalister

Excuse 3: SHUT THE DOOR AFTER THE HORSE HAS BOLTED.  That is exactly what we hear next when data shows up stolen or vandalized.  So this third installment of the Top 5 Excuses for Data Breaches and What They Really Mean will attempt to translate this into what really happened and use current news to exemplify our point.

This excuse allows the breached organization to sound authoritative by providing an answer to how the breach could have been prevented to the media and public, even if it is a solution they haven’t put into practice yet. Unfortunately, the damage is already done and the misuse of privilege has caused significant enough damage to warrant the excuse being used in the first place.

By providing an example of best security practice after the event, the US Government took the moral high ground during the Wikileaks debacle, and diverted attention away from their own complacency.

Their missive to those responsible for handling classified information, is revealing:  …create a ‘security assessment team’ to review the implementation of procedures to safeguard such information, a review to include making sure that no employee has access to information beyond what is necessary to do his or her job effectively.”

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Posted December 18, 2014    Chris Burd

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Looking back on information security in 2014

Posted December 16, 2014    Dave Shackleford

Dave Shackleford is a SANS Instructor and founder of Voodoo Security. Join Dave for a closer look at the year in security, and learn what you can do to prepare for 2015, with this upcoming webinar. 2014 has been one heck of an insane year for information security professionals. To start with, we’ve been forced…

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December 2014 Patch Tuesday

Posted December 9, 2014    BeyondTrust Research Team

This month marks the final Patch Tuesday of 2014. Most of what is being patched this month includes Internet Explorer, Exchange, Office, etc… and continues a trend of the greatest hits collection of commonly attacked Microsoft software. Probably the one thing that broke the mold this month is that for once there is not some…

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