Law vs. Technology: Which stops more breaches?

Posted on Jun 07 2011 by

With the recent rash of highly newsworthy data breaches, headlined by the Sony PlayStation Network breach that impacted 77+ million subscribers, there’s been much hand-wringing over how to best ensure the protection of customer privacy.


The high cost of data breaches just got higher

Posted on May 31 2011 by

In an effort to make data breaches even more unpalatable and motivate companies to strengthen their security practices, the Federal Trade Commission is beginning to levy punishments for security holes that invite intrusions.


8 insights into the underground fraud economy

Posted on May 24 2011 by

These days, the fraud economy has matured to a point where it is run like a global marketplace, with specialists for every aspect of fraud – from identity thieves to the consumers of stolen identities.


Data breaches – to prepare or not to prepare? The answer is simple.

Posted on May 17 2011 by

All data breaches have two things in common: the need for prompt resolution and the need for a robust preparedness plan.


Breach notification in three easy steps

Posted on May 10 2011 by

In a recent report, Ernst and Young noted that stronger breach notification requirements are among the top privacy trends for 2011. Governments around the world are enacting or tightening regulations around breach notification, and within the U.S., individual state laws around data breach notification have had a tremendous impact on data security.


Are we suffering from breach notification fatigue?

Posted on May 03 2011 by

With numerous different breaches affecting so many people as of late, millions of consumers are receiving emails from trusted brands noting that customer emails (and perhaps other information) have been compromised, so consumers should be wary of future emails that may appear to be sent from them.


4 breach trends to beware of

Posted on Apr 26 2011 by

According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, there were 54 banking-related data breaches in 2010, down from the 62 breaches reported in 2009 but nevertheless accounting for 4,853,708 exposed records. Most breaches were related to insider theft, cyberattacks, and card skimming stacks; other top breaches related to missing paper documents, stolen or missing hardware and accidental breaches.


A billion dollar crime that needs an urgent response

Posted on Apr 19 2011 by

According to Ponemon Institute’s Second Annual Survey on Medical Identity Theft, we estimate that more than 1.49 million Americans have been targeted by this crime. With an average cost per victim of $20,663 the total national economic impact of medical identity theft crimes is more than $30 billion.


Tax time scams: adding to the joy

Posted on Apr 05 2011 by

More than 1500 tax scams reportedly target consumers and businesses through hundreds of thousands of scam emails; many use phishing to fool anxious taxpayers into visiting a scam website or providing personal and financial data in order to comply with tax filings. Protecting yourself starts by getting smart about common scams.


Consumers yawn at healthcare fraud

Posted on Mar 29 2011 by

Today's headlines trumpet yet another high-profile medical data breach, this time through Health Net. This corporate catastrophe reminds us of the increasing hazard of medical fraud, which is the most expensive and time consuming to resolve of all types of identity theft . The second annual National Study on Medical Identity Theft, fielded by the Ponemon Institute provides further insight into this pervasive problem and how it affects consumers.