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December 2, 2008  11:48 AM

“Selling It”

Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
Data Breaches, Identity theft

Information about consumer purchases, habits and history have become multi-billion dollar treasure troves for businesses to sell and mine for others. Specialized, targeted information from consumer databases held by banks and other financial institutions are being used to develop business...

November 29, 2008  1:47 AM

What does a Data Breach REALLY Cost?

Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
Data Breaches, Identity theft, Security

If you want to experience pain in the corporate wallet, I invite you to go to the Data Loss Cost Calculator. Plug in some numbers and look at the costs in the different regulatory penalties, attorney fees, investigation costs, etc. I recently...

November 27, 2008  2:40 AM

Where The Thieves Are

Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
Admins and Auditors, Compliance, Data Breaches, Identity theft, Security

The core requirements for committing the kind of data theft that leads to identity theft are ability, motivation and opportunity. Ability means having the skills to do the actions required. Start-up costs for data theft are low, with information readily available, computer...

November 25, 2008  2:57 PM

Data Breaches and Business Liability Part I

Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
Compliance, Data Breaches, HIPAA, Identity theft, IT audit, PCI DSS, Security

The most significant financial impact of identity theft has yet to be examined. I believe that the risks to business and other institutions now include legal, reputation, financial and compliance risks that cannot be transferred. Victims of identity theft are looking to recoup their financial...

November 20, 2008  3:29 PM

Step Awaaaaaaay From the Computer………..

Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald

We all know them. During my Help Desk tech support days, we called them the "Bermuda Triangles." Everyone in the department dreaded them. If you looked at the Documents and Settings directory, you would see the login names of every single tech. Administrators and tech types bemoan the users who...

November 17, 2008  9:42 PM

Educating Users (Yes, I Know….)

Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
Admins and Auditors, Compliance, Data Breaches, IT audit, Security

I can hear the collective eye-rolling from here. But guess what! New federal regulations are requiring security education from organizations as part of compliance: SEC regulations for financial institutions

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November 13, 2008  5:32 PM

The Corporate Data “Grab”

Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald

A very well written article (rather unusual, in USAToday) on corporate espionage and data theft caught my eye today. I'd highly encourage you to take a look, even though it may make you...

November 12, 2008  12:43 AM

Wireless: Get Ready to Kiss WPA Goodbye

Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
Data Breaches, Security, Wireless

The word is out in InfoSec circles that a practical attack method against WPA - enabled wireless access points has been announced and is to be presented at PacSec in Tokyo this week. It used to be...

November 5, 2008  12:01 AM

Still Up in the Cloud(s)

Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
DataCenter, DataManagement, Security

Per my previous post, it seems that there is suddenly a lot of discussion in the security blogosphere about cloud computing and the security (or lack) thereof. Seems a number of people have taken note of Microsoft's entry (Azure) into Data Center business development. A lot of really good questions...

October 30, 2008  3:33 PM

Don’t Be Seduced Just Yet

Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
Admins and Auditors, DataManagement, Development, Microsoft Windows, Security, Storage, Virtualization

I had a co-worker ask me yesterday what my opinion on "cloud computing" is, and whether it should be something they could recommend to clients. He had seen announcements about cloud computing from Microsoft According to a 2008 paper...

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