And the Breach Goes On….

Sorry, I am a musician of more than 40 years and for some reason I had The Beat Goes On stuck in my mind as I began to write this. (Now you have it too.) I ran across an article today about the recent announcement that the State of Oregon is tightening its laws regarding data breach notifications. They are not alone, as many States are moving in a similar direction and looking at California’s Consumer Protection Act of 2018 as an example.

Since there is no overarching national standard like the European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), each State has developed their own variation of laws to protect Personally Identifiable Information (PII), and directions for reporting actual or suspected data breaches.  This prompted me to take a look at some data made available through the Identity Theft Resource Center.

HackerAccording to their report for 2017, the total number of reported data breaches in the U.S. reached 1,579, exposing 178,955,069 records. Think about that for a moment, The number of records reported to be exposed is nearly 179 million across every industry and even the government and military.

In my View

While I applaud each State for their efforts and action to provide guidance on data protection and reporting, the plain and simple truth is that it is the responsibilit


y of every organization whether public or private, to ensure the information they hold is safe.  This means there should be governance, training, and technology in place to establish best practices, apply security technologies at various levels and of varying methods, and monitor the environment for purposes of continuous improvement and further strengthening the security of their information ecosystems to prevent external breaches and internal leaks.

Bob Larrivee is President and Founder of Bob Larrivee Consultancy, and a recognized expert in the application of advanced technologies and process improvement to solve business problems and enhance business operations. In his career, Bob has led many projects and authored hundreds of eBooks, Industry Reports, Blogs, Articles, and Infographics. In addition, he has served as host and guest Subject Matter Expert on a wide variety of Webinars, Podcasts, Virtual Events, and lectured at in-person seminars and conferences around the globe.

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