The Home Depot Data Breach

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With up to 60 million customers affected, the recent security breach at North America’s largest hardware store, The Home Depot, once again proves that even some of the largest retailers have not implemented business processes that ensure the timely detection and communication, if not prevention, of such incidents. This post sheds a light on their dire consequences for consumers and what lawmakers in the U.S. and the E.U. intend to do about it.

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The top 8 issues all CIO’s, CSO’s and CPO’s should know about how to notify data breaches in Europe

As the EU is about to enact a General Data Protection Regulation that will introduce a general obligation to notify personal data breaches for all companies doing business in Europe or directing it towards EU-based customers, we provide the reader with 8 of the most important aspects related to the implementation of this new obligation.

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Vulneraciones de Datos Personales y Responsabilidad de los Encargados bajo la Ley Mexicana (2da parte)

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Bajo la legislación mexicana de protección de datos personales, algunas dudas comienzan a emerger en relación con las vulneraciones de seguridad que pueden sufrir los encargados. La normativa vigente regula qué es una vulneración de seguridad y la forma en que los responsables deben actuar ante una. Sin embargo, los encargados no encuentran respuestas inmediatas en relación con sus obligaciones. Analizando la ley y su objeto, este post pretende dar algunas soluciones. (2da parte)

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Vulneraciones de Datos Personales y Responsabilidad de los Encargados bajo la Ley Mexicana (1ra parte)

Bajo la legislación mexicana de protección de datos personales, algunas dudas comienzan a emerger en relación con las vulneraciones de seguridad que pueden sufrir los encargados. La normativa vigente regula lo que es una vulneración de seguridad y la forma en que los responsables deben actuar ante una. Sin embargo, los encargados no encuentran respuestas inmediatas en relación con sus obligaciones. Analizando la ley y su objeto, este post pretende dar algunas soluciones. (1ra parte)

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The Sony PlayStation Network Hacking Case (An Analysis of the UK ICO’s Resolution)

Sony Playstation. Photo by Armando Becerra (2013)

On January 14, 2013, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office imposed Sony PlayStation Network a monetary penalty of GBP 250,000 for its serious breach of the UK Data Protection Act – a penalty Sony eventually decided not to appeal in July. The penalty comes after the company was hacked in April 2011, compromising the personal information of millions of its customers. In this article, I highlight why the ICO made a brilliant move and interpretation of the Act.

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Full Speed Ahead: Business-Minded I.T. Security Risk Management

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Recent massive data breaches lead us to discuss the movement for new thinking, new strategies and new leadership amongst IT security. In the new paradigm, flat-out prevention is no longer the goal. Companies need to pursue nuanced risk-management decisions that protect yet allow them to do business.

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The State of the State: U.K. Government Data Breaches

Government data breaches are very much a parochial problem in the U.K., causing indignation in widespread locales. In its recently published Annual Report for 2012/13, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) states that data leaks by local authorities are a priority area for the data protection body. The ICO receives both individual complaints and declarations of self-reported data breaches from public and private entities.

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The State of the State: U.S. Government Data Breaches

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Government data breaches run the gamut, but recently we are hearing about years-old security vulnerabilities that are not discovered by the government agencies themselves, but by outsiders. Plus, a review of the broad numbers regarding U.S. government data breaches of the past four years.

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Buzz Lightyear Saved from Data Death

In a world where a residential fire occurs every 79 seconds, a laptop is stolen every 53 seconds and a hard drive crashes every 15 seconds, citizens are crying out for help. Do not fear, the Backup Battalion is here! Watch how these super-powered information protectors defend the planet from data-munching monsters and cloud-thrashing titans. Interested in joining the team? Then gather your favorite pair of spandex and read on!

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How and Wow: Verizon’s Tactical Survey of Global Data Breaches

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What is really happening on the ground with data breaches globally? The Verizon “2013 Data Breach Investigations Report” aggregates and analyzes data from over 47,000 data security incidents and 621 confirmed data breaches. Read this summation to acquaint yourself with the Report’s telling details, unexpected correlations and promising strategies for detection and prevention.

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