Revelations that Google's Gmail and Sony Pictures were both targeted by hackers highlights growing concerns about cybersecurity and the sophistication - and frequency - of attacks, as well as how to keep the public informed about such incidents.
The House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade heard from Sony and Epsilon about breaches that adversely affected consumer information. Both companies support a national data security and breach notification law.
Organizations looking to improve their privacy management in the event of a breach "have to continually plan and prepare," says Nationwide's Chief Privacy Officer Kirk Herath. That means putting into writing a comprehensive plan.
Lockheed Martin, the country's largest military contractor, is investigating the root of a "significant and tenacious" attack against its information network. Could this attack be linked to the RSA SecurID hack earlier this year?
Many organizations are unprepared to adequately respond to a breach, security expert Bob Chaput says. "Breach notification planning is just a fundamental, basic part of risk management in the new millennium," he adds.
The recent Sony and Epsilon breaches sent a strong reminder that companies lack transparency and aren't prepared to respond to a breach once it occurs, says Kirk Herath, Chief Privacy Officer at Nationwide Insurance Companies.
The recent data breaches at Epsilon and Sony should send a chilling message to privacy officers everywhere. "You can't prepare enough," says Kirk Herath, chief privacy officer of Nationwide Insurance Companies.