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Attacks/Breaches

9/13/2019
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6 Questions to Ask Once You’ve Learned of a Breach

With GDPR enacted and the California Consumer Privacy Act on the near horizon, companies have to sharpen up their responses. Start by asking these six questions.
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5. What type of information did the threat actors steal?

Now it's time to find out just what was accessed or stolen, says FireEye Mandiant's Carmakal. If it's personally identifiable information (PII) - such as Social Security numbers, credit card information or protected health data - all of that must be reported to the impacted individuals, which often leads to public disclosures. 

In fact, Carmakal says the terms 'data breach' and 'security incident' are often used interchangeably, but they are not the same. He says the common legal interpretation of a data breach is the unauthorized access or theft of sensitive information. A security incident might occur in which no sensitive data is accessed or stolen at all. Or, if the data breach only affected the business' own intellectual property, but not PII, it might not trigger data breach disclosure obligations.

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5. What type of information did the threat actors steal?

Now it's time to find out just what was accessed or stolen, says FireEye Mandiant's Carmakal. If it's personally identifiable information (PII) - such as Social Security numbers, credit card information or protected health data - all of that must be reported to the impacted individuals, which often leads to public disclosures.

In fact, Carmakal says the terms "data breach" and "security incident" are often used interchangeably, but they are not the same. He says the common legal interpretation of a data breach is the unauthorized access or theft of sensitive information. A security incident might occur in which no sensitive data is accessed or stolen at all. Or, if the data breach only affected the business' own intellectual property, but not PII, it might not trigger data breach disclosure obligations.

Image Source: Adobe Stock: leowolfert

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9/16/2019 | 3:22:27 PM
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Words are important and ages ago Cliff Stoll wrote an engaging book THE CUCKOO'S NEST which should be required reading for any cyber pro.  In this book, at one point, he was asked by the FBI to define the threat and theft.  Their language was proper and mild and I think this is so here...

Threat Actor?  No - how about Bald Faced Criminal

Ongoing?  No, how about barn door still unlocked?

Data theft?  No, how above did they empty Fort Knox.

Ongoing?  No, are the black trucks still at the docking back.

Restoration protocol?  No, are we still screwed in putting shit back-together?

Don't have a plan?  are we then up Schitt's creek with no paddle or boat? 

I noticed that responsibility for defense was not mentioned?
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