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6/12/2012
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LinkedIn Failed To Cover The Basics

Recent breach of millions of LinkedIn passwords highlights an all-too-common issue.

We spend a considerable amount of time in the security industry talking about sophisticated security protections and innovative practices that can be applied to protect critical information. Biometrics, cryptography, secure tokens, and a variety of other technologies can go a long way toward assuring organizations their data is safe. Yet for all the emphasis on innovations in security and safeguarding the highest value data, too often the basics are left uncovered.

The breach of a reported 6.5 million LinkedIn passwords last week is a prime example of what at least initially appears to be a failure at three levels: in policy, in practice, and in communication.

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6/14/2012 | 1:55:22 AM
re: LinkedIn Failed To Cover The Basics
It seems like for most people protection and security is an after thought! They may think it won't ever happen to them or they'll deal with the aftermath if and when it happens to them or that protection doesn't generate revenue so it becomes an unjustifiable bottom line cost! What they fail to realize is the magnitude and cost of the aftermath after just one breach or stolen identity!
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