Google received close to 32,000 data requests from governments for information related to criminal investigations in the first half of 2014, up 15 percent from the second half of 2013 and 150 percent from 2009 when the search giant first began publishing the data.
Spending on IT security is forecast by Gartner to increase 8 percent year-over-year in 2014, reaching $71 billion, and another 8.2 percent year-over-year in 2015 to total $77 billion.
Certainly, the first line of defense is the company, its systems, and its employees. With every successful hack comes costly fixes--from diagnostics and business interruption losses to liability exposures to third parties. For those costs--now seemingly unavoidable--there are insurance policies of almost every sort, scope, and nature.
Target's new chief information security officer Brad Maiorino takes the reins of the retailer's IT security program at a time of growing consumer anger at retailers for data breaches.
Long wait times that may have resulted in patient deaths and poor management at the Department of Veterans Affairs led last week to the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki. And now, a new report by the VA's Office of the Inspector General says that IT security can be added to the list of the VA's problems.
BOSTON--When IT security pros brief the executive board, they should use language that senior executives can relate to, such as the impact of security on profits and losses, not language used by the IT security team, James Tarala, senior instructor at the SANS Institute, told an audience at the SANS Senior Security Leadership Summit being held here this week.
Network segregation is the best way to deal with the open environment of the higher education while maintaining IT security, according to a panel of IT security pros from a number of New England universities at the SANS Institute Security Leadership Summit being held here this week.
It seems that federal agencies can't get their acts together in protecting personally identifiable information, such as social security numbers and bank accounts. In fact, the number of information security incidents involving PII has more than doubled over the last four years, according to the latest stats from the Government Accountability Office.
High-profile data breaches at Target, Neiman Marcus, and most recently Experian, have received the attention of federal agencies, Congress and state legislatures and state attorneys general. Consumers are fed up with the lax information security approaches of major companies and that unhappiness is being felt in government at all levels.
We can only wonder why Target, which handles millions of credit and debit card transactions every day, did not have a chief information security officer before its massive data breach that resulted in lost customers and profits.