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April 2005

Damage Control

EXPOSE ChoicePoint's Rich Baich faced the perfect storm: a huge security breach, intense media attention and a shareholder revolt. What he needed was a response plan to get him out of the HOT SEAT. Legislation: Disclosure Loopholes ChoicePoint may have discovered the breach that exposed the personal data of 145,000 people, but the break-in likely would never have been publicly disclosed had it not been for California's landmark Security Breach Information Act, SB 1386. The Georgia-based company was bound by law to come clean to more than 35,000 affected Californians, and soon revealed that 110,000 more Americans nationwide were also at risk to identity theft. What few know is that the law gives compromised companies wide latitude as to when they must inform consumers. The gap between discovery and disclosure could ultimately work against numerous state and federal bills swiftly being modeled after the California statute. "I don't think that Congress or big business really has a clue yet as to how to deal with consumer data ...

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Features in this issue

  • Warning Lights

    Evolving risk dashboards will tell how secure you are and when something's wrong.

  • Ready For Takeoff

    Cutting costs was the only way to keep United Airlines flying high. Rich Perez's answer was to rebuild the network.

  • Rights of Passage

    Our tests found that most endpoint security products will enforce policy and network access. Their differences are in the details.

  • Damage Control

    ChoicePoint's Rich Baich faced the perfect storm: a huge security breach, intense media attention and a shareholder revolt. What he needed was an incident response plan to get him out of the hot seat.

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