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Breach of Homeland Security Background Checks Raises Red Flags
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Sara Peters
Sara Peters,
User Rank: Author
8/26/2014 | 4:04:17 PM
this is going to sound silly
Okay, this is going to sound silly, but I'm serious. Remember all those spy movies when the phrase "This message will self-destruct in X seconds"? Do we need better ways to more quickly destroy data? I see how it could work with data in transit -- or rather, data soon after it's reached its receiver. I'm not quite sure how this could work on data in storage, though...

Well, for starters, I suppose that you could use something like that to prevent data sprawl. Like, if data would be automatically deleted moments after it was stored on an unauthorized storage device/instance? Am I just blue-skying? Or does something like this exist and I just forgot?
aws0513
aws0513,
User Rank: Ninja
8/27/2014 | 3:16:55 PM
Re: this is going to sound silly
Data retention is a touchy subject more and more.

In some countries, the "right to be forgotten" is becoming law.

The regulatory requirements for records retention are now bumping into risk management frameworks.

The rules for management of HR relevant records, including background checks, are quite clear on how long such records are to be maintained.  The risk begins to show when the data that is in storage is not properly protected.

What is really frustrating me is that with each breach I see in the news releases, the explicit details on how the breach occured are not being fully disclosed NOR are they releasing details on how the breach was discovered.
I understand that investigations take time, but even an early "this is what we know" report regarding the vector and the discovery details can be very helpful to those in the same trenches.  This information is crucial to all of us out here who are trying to improve our security practices.  Yet all we see is the headlines of the damage.  I appreciate the damage information gives weight to the issue, but the truly valuable information is what can be learned from the event.
DarkReadingTim
DarkReadingTim,
User Rank: Strategist
8/29/2014 | 9:36:37 AM
Re: Unacceptable
I'm a little unclear as to how a GRC program might have prevented this. I wonder if the folks who commented on this in the article could provide a bit more detail.
josephmartinez80
josephmartinez80,
User Rank: Apprentice
6/27/2017 | 3:21:37 AM
Re: Unacceptable

It's good to conduct background checks to ensure safety in the organization. However, the data obtained from the background check report should not be used for any other purposes. Data breaches are a major concern these days and precautions should be taken to put an end to this menace. Apart from that, employers must choose the background checking company wisely who have a good reputation in the community. They follow the guidelines and act strictly to it while providing accurate background check reports.

https://www.affordablebackgroundchecks.com/background-report.php

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