Five Important Lessons from Recent Data Breaches

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Have an information security policy — and use it

In Coca-Cola’s case, proper security controls clearly weren’t in place. A former employee responsible for maintaining and disposing of computer equipment kept the old computers that contained the personal information of more than 70,000 employees, as well as corporate data. A solid information security policy would cover the handling, sanitation and disposal of sensitive data. Implementation of proper policies and controls with IT governance oversight can minimize the risk of data leakage caused by the disposal of old computer hardware.

With another security incident making recent headlines, we're looking at five major data loss events in the past month alone. In looking at the responses of Target, Neiman-Marcus, Michaels, Coke and others, companies can learn a lot from how other organizations respond to data breaches - and implement better practices.

This slideshow features five important lessons learned and key takeaways from recent data breaches for businesses that want to protect themselves from similar disasters, as identified by Mark McCurley, senior information security advisor of IDentity Theft 911, a leading provider of personal-touch identity management solutions, identity theft recovery services, breach services and data risk management solutions for businesses. 

 

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

 
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