Access "State Data Breach Notification Laws: Have They Helped?"
This article is part of the January 2009 issue of How to be successful with your security steering committee
Point by Marcus Ranum THERE'S AN OLD SAYING, "Sometimes things have to get a lot worse before they can get better." If that's true, then breach notification laws offer the chance of eventual improvements in security, years hence. For now? They're a huge distraction that has more to do with butt-covering and paperwork than improving systems security. Somehow, the security world has managed to ignore the effect voluntary (?) notification and notification laws have had in other fields-namely, none.We regularly get bank disclosure statements, stock plan announcements, HIPAA disclosures, etc.-and they all go immediately in the wastebasket, unread.When I got my personal information breach notification from the Department of Veterans Affairs, it went in the trash too. "Your personal information has been disclosed...yadda, yadda, yadda"- annoying stuff that's my responsibility to deal with because someone, someplace else, didn't handle data about me responsibly.We are deluged with fineprinted disclosures and warnings, and eventually they're all as empty of meaning ... Access >>>
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