"It's not enough to know the architecture of the breach system," says Michael Aisenberg of MITRE Corp. "Leaders have to understand the different jurisdiction of where they do business, where their customers are and which breach law applies."
Organizations are starting to adapt to cloud computing, but they're hesitant about placing their core assets in the online environment, according to results from the 2011 ISACA IT Risk/Reward Barometer.
NRC CISO Patrick Howard is among three information security leaders who share their experiences, approaches and challenges from battling data breach incidents that had an impact on their organizations and their careers.
Despite improvement in organizations' abilities to plan for and predict disasters, they still lack an effective response. In fact, the biggest gap in business continuity today is understanding, says Lyndon Bird, director at the Business Continuity Institute.
It's clear that major data breaches have become not just a topic of mainstream news, but they're occurring with such frequency and potential devastation that they're almost deserving of a 24-hour news desk.
"Just securing the data is no longer enough," says Trevor Hughes, head of the International Association of Privacy Professionals. 'Privacy professionals, in addition, need to prepare for what happens when things go wrong."
The same approach governments and businesses employ to protect individuals from the dangers of secondhand smoke could be applied to safeguard cyberspace, says Scott Charney, Microsoft's vice president of trustworthy computing, engineering excellence and environmental sustainability.
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.