By: - Technology Reporter


Angry Employees and Your Corporate Data

October 21st, 2013

Beyond the Syrian Electronic Army, Anonymous and other hactivists cracking into databases, there is yet another threat—perhaps even a greater threat—to your corporate information: angry employees. Did you know that half of employees who left or lost their jobs in the last 12 months kept confidential corporate data? It’s true. And according to a global […]

By: - Dir. Solutions Marketing

Market Impact of a Data Breach

May 13th, 2013

In my Changeup post the other day, I mentioned that my colleague Paul Henry had saved an organization an estimated $10M (or roughly 15%) in market cap by showing that an intrusion had no material impact. That got me to thinking: what *is* the typical market impact of a breach? And furthermore, how good are […]

By: - Dir. Solutions Marketing

ZIP Codes Are … PII?!

April 15th, 2013

Mr. ZIP (or Zippy to his friends) was born back in July 1963 and the soon-to-be 50-year-old is finally getting some privacy … in Massachusetts at least. The Massachusetts Supreme Court recently determined that under Mass. Gen. Laws, ch. 93, § 105(a), “personal identification information” includes a consumer’s ZIP code and decided that collecting such […]

By: - IT Security Expert

Global 2013 Trends in Data Protection Maturity

March 25th, 2013

Protecting sensitive information has become increasingly difficult the last few years – if you haven’t recognized this fact and modified your security approach recently, you’ve got issues. One reason for this is the explosion of mobile devices on our networks. While convenient for our users and a significant productivity booster for our business, this new […]

By: - Dir. Solutions Marketing

Data Security on Corporate Radar – But Is That Enough?

August 28th, 2012

The latest (12th annual) Legal Study Report by The Corporate Board Member / FTI Consulting entitled Legal Risks on the Radar came out in late-July and spawned an interesting headline take-away, which I’ll put this way: Data Security Ranks No. 1 on Corporate America’s List of Concerns. To quote from the report itself: [I]ncreasingly, corporate […]

By: - Dir. Solutions Marketing

Uncle Sam Has Yet Another Data Protection Bill

June 25th, 2012

The latest attempt at creating a US Federal data protection / data breach notification law was recently introduced in the Senate. The “Data Security and Breach Notification Act of 2012” (S.3333) was submitted by Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) with the support of Sens. Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Jim DeMint (R-SC), Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Dean Heller […]

By: - Dir. Solutions Marketing

Vermont Updates Data Breach Notification Laws

June 13th, 2012

Updates to the Vermont Data Protection and Breach Notification laws came into effect in May 2012. As readers of my posts know (yo G!), although I seem to play one in this blog, IANAL. With that said, since these laws seem to cover any business in the US and beyond, you should take a quick […]

By: - Dir. Solutions Marketing

Data Breach Trends in the Financial Sector

February 23rd, 2012

Financial institutions are, it seems, doing a better job at protecting customer data than most industries. This is the conclusion one reaches when looking at the latest data in the Chronology of Data Breaches from the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse. Overall, the CDB has 2929 breaches in the 2005–2012 timeframe, involving 544,591,013 records (yup, more than […]

By: - Dir. Solutions Marketing

Illinois’ New Data Protection Law

August 24th, 2011

News today, courtesy of Brendon Tavelli at Proskauer’s Privacy Law blog via the always excellent Office of Inadequate Security, of a new data breach notification bill just signed by Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois. Interesting to me both personally (Go Illini!!) and professionally, this bill (HB 3025) amends Illinois Public Act 097-0483 (the Personal Information Protection […]

By: - Former Chairman and CEO, Lumension


It’s Time to Act

January 24th, 2011

January 28, 2011 is Data Privacy Day. Analyst Eric Ogren from The Ogren Group sat down with Lumension CEO Pat Clawson to ask some key questions around what this day means for the industry and how it has made an impact since Congress implemented it two years ago.  Both Eric and Pat get down to […]

By: - Sr. Director Solutions and Strategy


iPad Security – Does the Enterprise Care?

April 1st, 2010

With the introduction of the iPad, Apple is again hitting the consumer market with an innovative product that may have security implications for enterprise IT teams.  Although based on the iPhone OS, the use cases identified by Apple for the iPad (especially as an electronic document reader) portend a wide range of business uses that […]

By: - Dir. Solutions Marketing

Is FIPS 140-2 Fatally Flawed?

January 13th, 2010

So, upon my return to the Valley of the Sun and after figuring out where our new offices (let alone the coffee machine and bathrooms) were (Lumension has moved, in case you’ve not heard – 3rd floor with a seriously sweet view), I settled down to see what happened over the holidays. First up – […]

By: - Sr. Director Solutions and Strategy


Who Owns Your Data in a Social World?

October 27th, 2009

Over the past months it has been interesting to watch the furor over certain End-User License Agreements and the definition of data ownership.  Most draconian was the idea that once posted by a user, the data transferred ownership to the social networking site.  This of course has huge implications to an individual user, especially for […]

By: - Sr. Director Solutions and Strategy


“Micro-Botnet” – The Cybercriminal’s Choice for Enterprise Data Stealing?

September 28th, 2009

Last winter and spring we all watched with interest the headlines heralding the spread of the Confickr botnet.  The under-reported part of the story was that fact that well-patched enterprise networks were largely unaffected by Confickr’s bloom.  In some circles, this seems to have lead to a complacency or belief that botnet infections are not […]

By: - IT Security Sales Expert

Federal Desktop Core Configuration Bodes Well for All

August 10th, 2009

For the past two years, I have been closely watching the genesis and implementation of a very interesting program mandated by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) of all U.S. government agencies called the Federal Desktop Core Configuration (FDCC). The idea behind FDCC was simple: through an OMB developed standard configuration set-up, organizations can manage endpoints […]

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