In the immediate aftermath of a security breach, companies should ensure they don’t use weasel words and have in place strong internal communications and clearly-defined staff guidelines, according to Atlassian head of security intelligence Daniel Grzelak.
A recent study goes a step further, suggesting that if handled well a data breach can actually help the bottom line. This counter-intuitive conclusion, conducted by Sebastian Gay at the University of Chicago, is based on data from breaches occurring between 2005-2014. The paper finds that “firms manage to avoid the full negative effect of a privacy breach event disclosure by releasing on the same day an abnormal amount of positive news to the market.” In other words, sometimes companies have maintained a store of “good news” that they bundle together and release at around the same time that they disclose a data breach, which not only offsets the negative effect of the bad news of a data breach, but actually increases the bottom line.
Hillary Rodham Clinton’s e-mail scandal didn’t stop the head of the CIA from using his own personal AOL account to stash work-related documents, according to a stoner high-school student who claims to have hacked into them.
CIA Director John Brennan’s private account held sensitive files — including his 47-page application for top-secret security clearance — until he recently learned that it had been infiltrated, the hacker told The Post.
Other e-mails stored in Brennan’s non-government account contained the Social Security numbers and personal information of more than a dozen top American intelligence officials, as well as a government letter about the use of “harsh interrogation techniques” on terrorism suspects, according to the hacker.
The homework assignments, essays, musings and instant messages today’s students are entering into educational websites and applications would be subject to new data privacy standards under legislation introduced today in Harrisburg.
State Rep. Dan Miller, D-Mt. Lebanon, and Tedd Nesbit, R-Grove City, have introduced two-bills that would stop short of outlawing controversial data practices, but would require that districts inform parents if they use technology that doesn’t meet the standards, and allow students to opt out.
- Note to self and others – everything you say and do via digital devices is collected – by various organizations for reasons ranging from marketing to surveillance. We have automatically been opted-out of “privacy.” And it is always a good idea to seek the assistance of a Librarian – in person is a bonus – we listen to and respond to questions on a mind boggling range of issues, with expertise, and without an agenda.