It is high time that data security practitioners – CIOs, CISOs and, indeed, even business leaders take a long and hard look at their IT security practices. If it does not include data security to a large degree, they have just left their treasure chest wide open.
Germany seems to be in the news for wrong reasons. The country paid its first GDPR fine recently. Now a major data breach in the country has potential to create a political furor. It is time the political, the public and all classes in between take a serious look at data security.
Cyber security companies and the US Department of Homeland Security warn of an increasing number of hidden hacker attacks on vulnerable SAP and Oracle applications which provide unrestricted access to systems.
Over a month ago the data protection authority of Baden-Württemberg imposed the first fine for violation of GDPR. This clearly means that companies’ honeymoon period is over. It is time they pull up their socks and get to work in meeting the regulation’s requirements.
The recent report about an ex-employee’s access to e-PHI data of a leading Colorado-based medical center raises another important question in addition to robust access control: How to protect data that egress an organization’s enterprise landscape?
PII of around 500 million(!) guests at Marriott hotels has been compromised. The cause of this is due to unauthorized access within its network since 2014. Could this have been averted as early as 2010 when it switched to SAP ERP?
The recent arrest of a BrahMos Aerospace engineer highlights the need for organizations, private and government-run, dealing with sensitive military technologies to up their data security best practices. When it comes to national security, best may not be best enough.
On 24th July, NBC News published a rather statistic heavy report by ITRC that presented a paradoxical picture. While on one end, the frequency of data breach in the US has “jumped 29% in the first half of this year”, on the other “cyber security still doesn’t get the respect it deserves”. Strange, but true!