In the wake of the recent Marriott and National Republican Congressional Committee data breaches, now is the time to get your board's attention regarding breach response and public disclosures. Attorney Mark Rasch offers insights for preparing and practicing response plans.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of the validity of reports that China is behind the massive Marriott data breach. Also: Fascinating details in a Congressional report on the Equifax breach, and a clear explanation of "self-sovereign identity."
Hackers linked with China are suspected to be behind the four-year breach of Marriott's Starwood guest reservation system, according to several news reports. The suggestion is likely to contribute to increased tension between the U.S. and China.
Ganesh Viswanathan, CISO at Quatrro, a global services company, offers insights on how to avoid incident response mistakes. One key element, he says, is using multiple sources for breach detection so response can be swift.
Breach victims who sign up for free fraud-monitoring services from breached businesses that lost control of their data often sign away their right to join class-action lawsuits or pursue other legal actions, and Marriott proved to be no exception, following its mega-breach. But it now appears to be backing off.
Is there anything better than being offered one year of "free" identity theft monitoring? Regularly offered with strings attached by organizations that mishandled your personal details, the efficacy and use of such services looks set for a U.S. Government Accountability Office review.
Google says a buggy API update it pushed last month for its soon-to-be-mothballed Google+ social network exposed personal information for 52.2 million users. The data-exposure alert arrives just two months after Google admitted that a March problem with the same API exposed data for 500,000 users.
The massive data breach suffered by Equifax in 2017 "was entirely preventable," according to a report released by the House Oversight Committee's Republican majority. Some Democratic lawmakers have slammed the report for failing to advance legislative or oversight changes to help prevent breaches.
Victims of the massive Marriott International data breach, which exposed data for 500 million customers, including some passport numbers, may be able to claim reimbursement for the cost of obtaining a replacement passport, provided they can prove it led to fraud.
Australia's Parliament has passed new laws enabling it to compel technology companies to break their own encryption. Although the government argued the laws are needed to combat criminal activity and terrorism, opponents argued the powers could creep beyond their scope and weaken the security of all software.
Multifactor authentication and privilege-based controls are among the forms of identity and access management that can help security leaders address key vulnerabilities in their organizations, says Charanjit Singh Sodhi of Normura Wholesale, who offers advice.
As enterprises improve defense of their networks and data centers, cybercriminals increasingly are shifting their efforts to targeting privileged credentials. It's time, then, to take an identity-centric approach to security, says Aneesh Dhawan of Microsoft.
To improve enterprise visibility, network and security teams need to align and evolve the way they architect networks, says Gigamon's Ian Farquhar, who shares insights on how to enhance network visibility.
A batch of documents meant to be kept under court seal lays bare Facebook's strategic brokering of access to user data to reward partners and punish potential rivals. The material also demonstrates Facebook's views at the time on privacy and the risks of leaking data.