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Privacy and Security Bits and Bytes

After a bit of a hiatus, our Friday afternoon feature is back:

  • Do you know what your information is worth on the black market? It may just surprise you. Good piece on a new Symantec tool to let you do the calculations. See Information Security Resources - What Are You Worth On The Black Market?
  • Despite all of the public flurry surrounding security breaches, and customer expectations that the information entrusted to vendors will be secure, a new survey finds that an astounding 71 percent of those companies surveyed said they still weren't making data security a top initiative in their IT budgets, even though 79 percent of them admitted that they had been hit by one or more data breaches since the PCI DSS standard was enacted in 2005. Companies Still Not Securing Customer Data - InternetNews.com.
  • Companies around the world are preparing for the swine flu pandemic and putting policies and procedures in place for workers and business continuity. What, if anything, are people doing about the privacy issues that need to be addressed in that planning?
    Good article, with links to resources here - Protecting Your Privacy During a Pandemic
  • Remember our blog posts on the demise of the Clear program? Next week, the Committee on Homeland Security is holding a hearing on "The Future of the Registered Traveler Program"

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    The hearing will evaluate the recent cessation of operations by Registered Traveler (RT) providers, actions undertaken by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and the impact on airports. There will be a webcast of this hearing.

Should be fascinating viewing. I wonder if we'll hear anymore about whatever happened to all that data???

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Cynthia J. Larose

Member / Chair, Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice

Cynthia J. Larose is Chair of the firm's Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice, a Certified Information Privacy Professional-US (CIPP-US), and a Certified Information Privacy Professional-Europe (CIPP-E). She works with clients in various industries to develop comprehensive information security programs on the front end, and provides timely counsel when it becomes necessary to respond to a data breach.