Attacks/Breaches

12/6/2018
11:10 AM
Jai Vijayan
Jai Vijayan
Slideshows
Connect Directly
Twitter
LinkedIn
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

7 Common Breach Disclosure Mistakes

How you report a data breach can have a big impact on its fallout.
Previous
1 of 8
Next

Image Source: Shutterstock

Image Source: Shutterstock

Marriot International is quickly emerging as the latest example of the importance of proper breach disclosure.

Last week the hotel giant disclosed that sensitive data belonging to some 500 million Starwood Hotels customers had been compromised in an intrusion that began in 2014 and remained undiscovered until this September.

Since the disclosure, the parent company has been hit with at least two lawsuits accusing it of delaying the breach disclosure and not providing enough details on the incident. The lawsuits are expected to be the first of many the company will face over the breach.

The breach has focused considerable attention on familiar topics, such as the need for organizations to have better breach detection and response capabilities, and on issues including data collection and data minimization, encryption, access controls, and strong authentication.

It is also serving as a new example of the need for organizations to have strong processes in place for breach reporting and disclosure, especially in an era of stringent regulations like the EU's GDPR.

"The fact this breach happened around four years ago and Marriott found out two months ago is concerning," says Ken Underhill, master instructor at Cybrary. "We all understand that a company needs to investigate what happened, but two months to report something this large is not acceptable," he says.

Here, according to Underhill and several security industry experts, are some of the most common pitfalls to avoid when making a breach disclosure.

 

Jai Vijayan is a seasoned technology reporter with over 20 years of experience in IT trade journalism. He was most recently a Senior Editor at Computerworld, where he covered information security and data privacy issues for the publication. Over the course of his 20-year ... View Full Bio

Previous
1 of 8
Next
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Threaded  |  Newest First  |  Oldest First
Joe Stanganelli
50%
50%
Joe Stanganelli,
User Rank: Ninja
12/29/2018 | 6:32:00 PM
Panera example
Another common way that organizations frequently downplay/cover up a security issue: Dismissing out of hand the security researchers who notify the organization of the vulnerability as a nuisance or criminal.

Happens a lot. See, e.g., Panera.

Valentine's Emails Laced with Gandcrab Ransomware
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  2/14/2019
High Stress Levels Impacting CISOs Physically, Mentally
Jai Vijayan, Freelance writer,  2/14/2019
Mozilla, Internet Society and Others Pressure Retailers to Demand Secure IoT Products
Curtis Franklin Jr., Senior Editor at Dark Reading,  2/14/2019
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon
Current Issue
5 Emerging Cyber Threats to Watch for in 2019
Online attackers are constantly developing new, innovative ways to break into the enterprise. This Dark Reading Tech Digest gives an in-depth look at five emerging attack trends and exploits your security team should look out for, along with helpful recommendations on how you can prevent your organization from falling victim.
Flash Poll
How Enterprises Are Attacking the Cybersecurity Problem
How Enterprises Are Attacking the Cybersecurity Problem
Data breach fears and the need to comply with regulations such as GDPR are two major drivers increased spending on security products and technologies. But other factors are contributing to the trend as well. Find out more about how enterprises are attacking the cybersecurity problem by reading our report today.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2019-7629
PUBLISHED: 2019-02-18
Stack-based buffer overflow in the strip_vt102_codes function in TinTin++ 2.01.6 and WinTin++ 2.01.6 allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code by sending a long message to the client.
CVE-2019-8919
PUBLISHED: 2019-02-18
The seadroid (aka Seafile Android Client) application through 2.2.13 for Android always uses the same Initialization Vector (IV) with Cipher Block Chaining (CBC) Mode to encrypt private data, making it easier to conduct chosen-plaintext attacks or dictionary attacks.
CVE-2019-8917
PUBLISHED: 2019-02-18
SolarWinds Orion NPM before 12.4 suffers from a SYSTEM remote code execution vulnerability in the OrionModuleEngine service. This service establishes a NetTcpBinding endpoint that allows remote, unauthenticated clients to connect and call publicly exposed methods. The InvokeActionMethod method may b...
CVE-2019-8908
PUBLISHED: 2019-02-18
An issue was discovered in WTCMS 1.0. It allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary PHP code by going to the "Setting -> Mailbox configuration -> Registration email template" screen, and uploading an image file, as demonstrated by a .php filename and the "Content-Type: image/g...
CVE-2019-8909
PUBLISHED: 2019-02-18
An issue was discovered in WTCMS 1.0. It allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (resource consumption) via crafted dimensions for the verification code image.