5 Common Failures Companies Make Regarding Data Breaches

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Failure #3: Not properly collecting and maintaining forensic evidence during an incident.

Properly collecting and maintaining the right information and evidence needed to determine the size and scope of a security issue is a major challenge for many organizations. Unfortunately, many companies fail to preserve copies of the systems that were targeted during an attack. Whether this evidence is lost due to an effort to quickly stop the bleeding or because it is overwritten with new information, it can make it much more difficult to understand the severity of an issue. It can also lead to scrutiny by regulators when reviewing the effectiveness of a company’s response.

Companies must incorporate procedures for securing forensic evidence in their response plans. Taking this step will help ensure IT professionals are equipped to preserve the valuable chain of evidence.

Over the last few years, data breaches have become a regular occurrence for most consumers. By now, the average person has either been directly impacted by a data breach or knows someone who has. As a result of this increase in data breach awareness, companies that experience a breach are under much greater scrutiny today than ever before. Companies are no longer judged by whether they have a breach, but rather on how they respond when a breach occurs. 

While according to the Ponemon Institute 81 percent of companies have data breach preparedness plans in place and understand the basic procedures for responding to an incident, the actual execution of a plan during a breach can present even the most seasoned companies with challenges. It is no longer enough to just have a plan in place, companies today need to ensure they are continually examining the current data breach landscape in order to identify new threats, ensure they have captured best practices and are watching for common mistakes to avoid.

Based on experience servicing some of the largest data breaches to date, Michael Bruemmer, vice president, Experian Data Breach Resolution, has identified five common failures he sees companies making when preparing for, and responding to, a data breach, and outlined guidance for companies on how they can tackle these issues.

 

Related Topics : Unisys, Stimulus Package, Security Breaches, Symantec, Electronic Surveillance

 
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