Archive for February 8, 2015

Data Breaches and Online Profiles: a brief connection

In the United States there are efforts to pass comprehensive cybersecurity legislation that includes identity theft protection. This will not be an easy effort because while the cybersecurity community at large believes we need to protect user information, both the user and applications they chose to use do not have information protection at as their priority. From the JP Morgan breach to Target and now the discovery of a possible compromise of more than 80 Million records from insurance underwriter Anthem’s databases – we have no clue on how to tackle this epidemic.

The president stated “no foreign nation, no hacker, should be able to shut down our networks, steal our trade secrets, or invade the privacy of American families.” Yet on the social side of information users want to be able to have their products, promotions, videos, and blogs, readily available to audiences around the world. There is a connection. We have given those wishing to attack us the resources to become a threat.

We paint a picture of our attribution in our online personas almost down to where we sleep, eat lunch, our favorite sports team and wonder how they crack our passwords – to steal other information.