Having the right log and access management tools in place - and not all tools are used by all agencies at all times - doesn't mean that the proper authorities are alerted in a timely manner to activities that could jeopardize the nation's security.
The UK Information Commissioner's Office has fined the Glasgow City Council in Scotland Â£150,000 after the theft of two unencrypted laptops, one of which contained personal information on more than 20,000 individuals.
Regulations initially cause organizations to spend more funds on data breaches, but eventually those rules could save enterprises money, the Ponemon Institute's Larry Ponemon says in analyzing his latest study on breach costs.
Collecting massive amounts of data on individuals, whether in the government or private sector, has become the norm in our society. It's not quite Orwellian, but it's a situation we might have to learn to live with.
As they develop mitigation strategies, organizations must keep in mind that all cyber-attacks, ranging from DDoS to phishing, ultimately aim to compromise data - and they virtually all are advanced and persistent.
In this week's breach roundup, read about the latest incidents, including Drupal.org resetting passwords after the open-source content management framework provider discovered unauthorized access to account information.
An organization's security is only as strong as that of its partners, says Mandiant Director Charles Carmakal, who offers insight on common attack trends emerging from recent data breach investigations.