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Data Loss Goes Personal…

June 18, 2009 Leave a comment

Today I received yet another of those annoying “We may have lost your personal information…” letters from my bank. No information on how it happened, or what they are doing to stop it happening again. It’s almost as though this was an inevitable and repeatable condition of doing business….

Yet again I’m going to get another bank card, yet again I’m going to have to change the numbers in my Blockbuster, Amazon, etc. accounts, and (again) I have yet another free 12 month subscription to “Identity Theft Monitoring.”

Great news indeed, but I suspect many readers of this blog have also been through this a few times as well.

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Lose One Customers data, tell EVERY customer?

June 16, 2009 Leave a comment

For the last few weeks I’ve been traveling around the country presenting at our Security Innovation Alliance roadshow. It’s been great meeting and presenting alongside some of the 60+ companies who’ve chosen to integrate their security products into McAfee’s ePO platform. Looking at the portfolio it seems that soon it might actually be possible to service any IT security need through one pane-of-glass management interface.

One question that came from the audience during one of the sessions surprised me, as it wasn’t about IT at all. The question was “What laws apply to PII in printouts?”

Well, unfortunately the simple and unfortunate answer is – all of them. Read more…

Hackers – Criminals, Pirates – Politicians…

June 12, 2009 Leave a comment

It’s been an interesting week in the IT world with some quite amazing (to me anyway) news. No, I’m not referring to the FTC’s decision to shut down the known spam ISP Pricewert, or the announcement by T-Mobile that their network had not indeed been hacked…

I’m referring to the news that the Swedish “Pirate Party” gained a seat in the European Parliament. Read more…

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Data theft for political gain? No way!

October 7, 2008 Leave a comment

Computerworld today reported that a Dell PC was stolen by some enterprising thieves from John McCain’s Missouri campaign office. While I usually steer clear from commenting on political activities, being only a legal alien and therefore not even able to vote for things I really care about (the local Fire Chief and Sherriff), let alone something so influential as the 44th President of the United States of America, I find myself unable to hold back.

You can read more about the theft from the link above, but of course as this is a blog I’m duty bound to make some observations: Read more…

How to Spend Your Data Protection Dollars

September 25, 2008 Leave a comment

I was speaking last week at a panel of CISO’s when someone asked me the very reasonable question “What’s the most important thing we should do to protect our data?” – What the audience member wanted to know really was, given that he had no budget, and a state mandate impressing on him the need to protect PII (personally identifiable information), what’s the minimum he could do to comply with the regulations? Read more…