The Astounding Mishap of Parler

Many of us have become aware that the social media site Parler was essentially shut down after a number of service providers refused it further service. Without cloud services and hosting, the site simply lost the ability to function. Possibly less known, however, is that just before this happene...

Data Breach

Havenly Data Breach Havenly, an interior design website, was recently a victim of a data breach. A group or individual hacker was able to gain access to databases containing roughly 1.3 million records. How this information was accessed is unclear, however there is a significant amount of informa...

Human Errors Will Create Privacy Issues

Regardless of the technology you put in place, the safeguards you have implemented, and the training you have provided, ultimately the success of your privacy program relies on the individuals in your organization. The most recent example of this came at the expense of the US National Women’...

Three privacy thoughts to start 2016

Over the past few days I have been pondering everything that has happened in privacy in 2015 and the impact on organizations. My intent was to write a retrospective blog entry, but this morning I decided to look ahead and not in the rear-view mirror. So here are three thoughts to kickoff 2016.

I smell a data breach

At the very end of August I changed banks for both personal and business accounts. Of course we received the obligatory debit cards, a total of 4 of them. Last week we began receiving notices of “Unusual Debit Card Activity”.

Cost of a data breach: $201.00 or $0.56 per record?

It is the season for annual data breach reports to be published. This year a statistic that has raised interest is the average cost of a data breach. One report shows a figure just above $200 while another show less than $1. While, as you will see, both these numbers provide interesting guideline...

Is your organization prepared for a data breach?

Most companies have a crisis communication plan stashed somewhere. Whether it’s policies and procedures reviewed monthly or updated on a yearly basis, companies must prepare for worst-case scenarios. But has your company prepared for a data breach; when your customer’s private and financial infor...

Crisis Communication Plans and Data Breaches

Think of a data breach as not only a possibility, but also a likely crisis scenario for your company. A breach will cost your company not only money but can deeply damage its reputation. When was the last time your company reviewed its crisis communication scenarios and, most importantly, added d...

Technology cannot address all privacy concerns

On any given day there are seminars, webinars, and other talks about security’s role in protecting an enterprise’s information. Each one I attend seems to focus on how technology can save the day, but I suggest that technology cannot be the entire answer.

Three thoughts on recent privacy breaches

The end of 2013 has brought a flurry of privacy breaches, some big, some small, each with their own circumstances, each with their own implications. Here are three thoughts from the past few weeks.