It's clear that major data breaches have become not just a topic of mainstream news, but they're occurring with such frequency and potential devastation that they're almost deserving of a 24-hour news desk.
"Just securing the data is no longer enough," says Trevor Hughes, head of the International Association of Privacy Professionals. 'Privacy professionals, in addition, need to prepare for what happens when things go wrong."
The House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade heard from Sony and Epsilon about breaches that adversely affected consumer information. Both companies support a national data security and breach notification law.
Organizations looking to improve their privacy management in the event of a breach "have to continually plan and prepare," says Nationwide's Chief Privacy Officer Kirk Herath. That means putting into writing a comprehensive plan.
Lockheed Martin, the country's largest military contractor, is investigating the root of a "significant and tenacious" attack against its information network. Could this attack be linked to the RSA SecurID hack earlier this year?
The recent Sony and Epsilon breaches sent a strong reminder that companies lack transparency and aren't prepared to respond to a breach once it occurs, says Kirk Herath, Chief Privacy Officer at Nationwide Insurance Companies.
Two stories stand out when I look back on the month of May: the POS PIN pad swap scheme that hit Michaels crafts stores in more than 20 states and the insider job at Bank of America that led to $10 million being stolen from some 300 customer accounts.
The recent data breaches at Epsilon and Sony should send a chilling message to privacy officers everywhere. "You can't prepare enough," says Kirk Herath, chief privacy officer of Nationwide Insurance Companies.
Kirk Herath, Chief Privacy Officer at Nationwide Insurance Companies, has been in privacy management for more than a decade, and he has two main concerns about today's enterprise: Mobile technology and cloud computing.
"Unfortunately, like many organizations, we were targeted by criminal hackers who penetrated our system with a new strain of a virus," Massachusetts Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Joanne Goldstein says.