Data breach in the news: Fall 2014

Posted on Oct 28 2014 by

While in the midst of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, recent headlines have been dominated by news of businesses experiencing a data breach. Companies nationwide have been on alert in light of breached business and information groups that have delivered significant consumer impact. As former White House Chief Information Officer Theresa Payton said in a recent interview […]


Spreading the word: What can you do to support Cybersecurity Awareness Month?

Posted on Oct 14 2014 by

Cybersecurity risks and protection methods have changed greatly, for both businesses and individuals, since the Department of Homeland Security initiated the first Cybersecurity Awareness Month 11 years ago. New cyber threats emerge constantly, and it’s never been more vital for businesses and their employees to be on guard against cyber intruders. Hopefully, your organization already […]


Data breach preparedness study: Good news, bad news and an empowering conclusion

Posted on Sep 30 2014 by

Our second annual data breach preparedness study, Is Your Company Ready for a Big Breach?, conducted by the Ponemon Institute, reveals good news and bad news for businesses concerned with data security—and that should be all business. First, the good news: more companies are acting to address data breach risks. The majority (73%) of organizations now […]


The role of the right partners in data breach recovery: the IAPP talk you won’t want to miss

Posted on Sep 16 2014 by

While many American companies have done a noteworthy job of improving their data breach preparedness in the past few years, it seems new breaches occur every month to remind us there’s still plenty of room for improvement. And many state governments are responding by upgrading their post-breach recovery requirements to mandate faster notification timing, and […]


Make Sure You Are Really Protected After a Data Breach

Posted on Sep 09 2014 by

I can’t remember more high profile breaches occurring in such close succession, as has been the case over the last year.  These “mega” breaches have spurred an enormous amount of attention on the topic and, while more education and dialogue around breaches and identity theft is beneficial, it also produces a proliferation of misinformation. For […]


Do Elevated Data Breach Risks Trump ‘BYOD’ Savings?

Posted on Aug 27 2014 by

Two schools of thought have emerged around the practice of “BYOD” – allowing employees to use personal mobile devices for business purposes. BYOD advocates say the practice allows companies to avoid the expense of buying, providing service for, and maintaining a fleet of company-owned devices. Detractors argue that BYOD amps up a company’s already-high risks […]


The 5 Best Things a Company can do After a Data Breach

Posted on Aug 13 2014 by

There are a lot of opinions about what companies should never do in terms of data breach prevention and response. Equally important, however, are the things you should do in the wake of a breach. Here are our top five tips to help you with your breach response. Some may seem obvious, yet a shocking […]


Stories from the Trenches: Data Breach Resolution

Posted on Jul 29 2014 by

Recently, I was able to share some data breach resolution insights on Experian’s Credit & Finance Talk on iHeart radio. During our chat, I gave some detail about the trends we’re currently tracking in the world of data breaches, and how this is affecting businesses and consumers: Businesses must develop a pre-breach plan, as breaches […]


Best Practices for Companies Recovering from a Data Breach

Posted on Jul 21 2014 by

You already know a data breach is bad news for everyone, consumers and the breached business alike. But you might be shocked to learn just how severe the reputational impact can be for businesses. In the latest Ponemon Institute survey, “The Aftermath of a Mega Data Breach: Consumer Sentiment,” conducted on behalf of Experian Data […]


Stress, Apathy and Winning by Default: How Consumers Respond to Data Breach Notification Letters

Posted on Jun 26 2014 by

Data breach notification letters serve multiple purposes. They ensure a breached company is compliant with data breach notification laws, they alert consumers to the breach and their involvement in it, they can warn customers of potential identity theft risks and educate them on how to cope with those risks. The one thing no company wants […]