Category Archives: Security

Penalties

A key element of either Compliance or Governance (or both) is penalizing violations.  Otherwise, the rule is on paper only, and isn’t real.

“U.S. Steps Up Grid Defense,” The Wall Street Journal, August 6, 2018 A1. Government devising new penalties for foreign (and domestic) agents who hack into critical infrastructure.

Sounds good.  But might we be better off with a few more ounces of prevention (education, technology controls, testing, etc.)?  The “internal” controls.  By the time you’re penalizing folks, you’ve been hacked.

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Gee, what could go wrong?

“Facebook Asks Banks for Customer Data,” The Wall Street Journal, August 7, 2018 A1. “[T]o offer new services to users,” Facebook asks banks for “detailed financial information about their customers.”

I can see what’s in it for Facebook, and maybe for the banks.  But isn’t this your information?  Shouldn’t you have some control what the banks do with it?  Are you comfortable with the controls the banks and Facebook will place on this information?  It might be convenient for you, but at what risk?

Do we remember Cambridge Analytica?  Will Facebook try to do this in Europe?

To whom do you complain?  Your elected representative?  Your bank?  The state or federal regulators?

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Your vendors

This blog focuses more on the intersection of Governance, Information, and Compliance than on the implications of information security.  But the topics do overlap.

So, what controls do you have in place to prevent from someone accessing your computer and changing the information there or, as important, changing how your computer operates?  That’s an identified risk, right?

“Russia Hacks Its Way Into U.S. Utilities,” The Wall Street Journal, July 24, 2018 A3.  Russian hackers gain access to sensitive information at utilities by compromising the utilities’ vendors and their access to the utilities’ systems.  Can the hackers take control of those systems or shut them down?

Does anyone recall the name of the HVAC contractor that was the entry point for the Target hack several years ago?  Contractors can be a massive IT security risk.

Is this part of Information Governance?

What duties do the directors of the utilities have to make sure processes are in place to prevent third parties from causing harm by accessing the company’s information and process control systems?  And to control the third parties who do have that access?  Is there a process?

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Protecting key information

“Hacker Allegedly Tried to Sell Drone Data,” The Wall Street Journal, July 12, 2018 A3.  Hacker tries to sell maintenance documents for a drone, documents stolen from a Air Force officer’s computer.

How well does the government protect sensitive information?  Apparently, the hack exploited the failure to properly configure a router.

What happened to the Air Force officer, who apparently failed to adequately protect classified information?  The IT guy who configured the router?

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Privacy breaches

“SEC Takes Close Look At Facebook Data Lapse,” The Wall Street Journal, July 13, 2018 B1. SEC looks at whether Facebook responded appropriately after learning that user data was being used inappropriately.

Is keeping investors apprised of violations of contracts or policies part of your crisis response process?  Even when it wasn’t “your” data that was breached?  Would you have caught this in time to avoid an SEC inquiry?

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How do you control access to your secrets?

“Secret Formula, Intelligence Tests Fuel Buyout Firm,” The Wall Street Journal, July 10, 2018 A1.  Private equity fund has a list of 110 best practices, against which software companies are measured for investment.

How does the fund keep those secret, after a page-one story in the WSJ?  Is it enough to maintain the practices “on a company server that makes a record every time anyone downloads or prints them”?

But reusing ideas that have worked in the past makes sense.

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Privacy

“Alphabet, Apple Prodded On Privacy,” The Wall Street Journal, July 10, 2018 A3.  Congress asks how Google and Apple use “your” information, such as what you say and write and where you are.

Which is more interesting, the questions or the answers?

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