breaches

After spending a while crowing about the ChoicePoint breach, I decided that laughing about breaches doesn’t help us as much as analyzing them. In the wake of RSA’s recent breach, we should give them time to figure out what happened, and look forward to them fulfilling their commitment to share their experiences. Right now we…

Read More What does Coviello's RSA breach letter mean?

I have fundamental objections to Ponemon’s methods used to estimate ‘indirect costs’ due to lost customers (‘abnormal churn’) and the cost of replacing them (‘customer acquisition costs’). These include sloppy use of terminology, mixing accounting and economic costs, and omitting the most serious cost categories.

Read More Another critique of Ponemon's method for estimating 'cost of data breach'

Dissent reports “State Department official admits looking at passport files for more than 500 celebrities.” A passport specialist curious about celebrities has admitted she looked into the confidential files of more than 500 famous Americans without authorization. This got me thinking: how does someone peep at 500 files before anyone notices? What’s wrong with the…

Read More Note on Design of Monitoring Systems

PHIPrivacy asks “do the HHS breach reports offer any surprises?” It’s now been a full year since the new breach reporting requirements went into effect for HIPAA-covered entities. Although I’ve regularly updated this blog with new incidents revealed on HHS’s web site, it might be useful to look at some statistics for the first year’s…

Read More Lessons from HHS Breach Data

The folks running the Open Security Foundation’s DataLossDB are asking for some fully tax-deuctible help meeting expenses. I’ve blogged repeatedly about the value of this work, and hope that interested EC readers can assist in supporting it. With new FOIA-able sources of information becoming available, now seems to be a great time to help out.

Read More OSF looking for DataLossDB help

As EC readers may know, I’ve been sort of a collector of breach notices, and an enthusiastic supporter of the Open Security Foundation’s DataLossDB project. Recently, I had an opportunity to further support DataLossDB, by making an additional contribution to their Primary Sources archive – a resource I find particularly valuable. Unfortunately, that contribution was…

Read More Welcome to the club!