Planning For Failure – Strategies to Protect Yourself in 2012

Strategic initiatives to protect yourself from security breaches

By Rick Holland

Last week I did a webcast, Planning for Failure, which makes the assumption that if you haven’t been breached, it is inevitable, and you must be able to quickly detect and respond to incidents. An effective response can be the difference between your organisation’s recovery and future success or irreparable damage. While I was working on the slides for the webcast, I started to reflect back on the 2011 security breaches that personally impacted me. Three breaches immediately came to mind:

    1. Texas Teacher Retirement System – My personal data was stored unencrypted on a public server.
    2. Epsilon – Email compromise that resulted in increased phishing attempts.
    3. STRATFOR – My personal information, credit card and password hash were stolen.

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