The Weekly Data Breach Report
We know that not a day passes without a major data breach or information security incident in the American economy. It’s one thing to report on the breach, it’s another to find actionable intelligence to start edging the data security needle back in favor of the good guys.
This week the worst passwords list for 2015 was released and once again it showed that the most commonly used passwords are 12345 and password. While there were some longer passwords on the list, like 1234567890, and some that included both characters and numerals, like passw0rd, we’re still a sorry lot when it comes to creating passwords that will actually prevent our personal data from being stolen. It might be time for everyone to revisit this post from late last year that has some interesting ideas to improve password security levels without breaking your brain. Another strategy to beat the password fatigue can be found here.
Stay tuned to The Access Granted for more detailed reporting on this topic.
Predictions of More Liability Litigation Following Data Breaches
According to this report from Legal Newsline it is predicted that there will be a rise in liability litigation for data breaches in 2016. As with the attacks themselves, most of the litigation will be targeted at retailers as has been the trend so far. Rather than being sitting ducks, all businesses, regardless of their specific industry should be making sure they have done as much as they can with regard to data security. While most have invested in sophisticated solutions at the network level, most have entirely too many vulnerabilities in terms of the frontline data interface – i.e. passwords and administrative access. What can be done to improve this situation? There are some useful tips here.
2016 Starts Off with Two Major Healthcare Data Breaches
This week Blue Shield of California and New West Health Services in Montana both reported major data breaches, with more than 20,000 records each compromised. According to Blue Shield’s notification the data breach was as the result of “log-in credentials for certain Blue Shield customer services representatives being misused.” According to “a recent Ping Identity survey of more than 1,000 U.S. enterprise employees found that almost half admitted reusing passwords for work-related accounts, and almost two third admitted doing so for personal accounts.” Based on the worst passwords report, we’re not learning about good password hygiene very quickly, this might be a solution.