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Lack of transparency surrounding data breaches not a good thing

In trying to secretly clean up after the series of data breaches of payment card processing companies, Visa and MasterCard are making ineffectual  the data- loss disclosure laws on the books in more than 30 states.  These hard-won laws were intended to put pressure on companies and organizations  to be more accountable for  sensitive consumer data they collect and store.  In a recent Last Watchdog interview, John Ottman, CEO Application Security, Inc., a leading database security firm, addressed some of the nuances, and explained  how the laws themselves are being undermined. Excerpts from L W’s interview with Ottman:

LW: Heartland Payment Systems, Visa, MasterCard and …more

Secrecy shrouds breach of possibly a third payment cards processor

Visa and MasterCard are being circumspect about a new round of warnings they’ve issued regarding stolen credit and debit card numbers circulating in the criminal world — data  possibly stolen from another breach of a payment card processor. This follows major data thefts from Heartland Payment Sytems and RBS WorldPay,  for which precious few details have officially been made public.

Visa has issued a statement waffling about what prompted recent warnings to certain banks and credit unions about a fresh wave of stolen credit card and debit card account numbers being put to use by criminals. It took that action only after security bloggers, like Steve Ragan, …more

States move to mandate encryption of sensitive personal data

First came data loss disclosure requirements and credit freeze laws. Now comes data encryption laws. In response to the continuing wave of data heists, Massachusettes and Nevada are leading the way in passing new state laws dictating what businesses must do to protect credit card transaction records and other  personal data. These new laws go much further than the hard-won laws in more than 30 states requiring companies to notify individuals whose data has been lost or stolen, and granting individual consumers the right to freeze their credit histories.

Roy E. Hadley, an attorney at Bryan Cave Powell Goldstein Bulletin and former Chief Privacy Officer at AirGate PCS, …more

Cisco and Trend Micro offer router-level protection

Cisco Systems and Trend Micro have come up with a nifty way for home owners and small businesses to centrally deploy antivirus protection to a network of devices – just like a big corporation. The two companies announced a partnership to imbed Trend’s antivirus suite in two models of Linksys by Cisco Wireless-N routers.

The concept, called Home Network Defender, makes a lot of sense. It makes it a breeze for those of us operating home or small business networks to keep updated antivirus protection on multiple computers and networking devices. So any PC, laptop, video game console, or other device accessing the Internet via the router is protected. No need …more

Credit bureaus fight consumer-ordered freezes


By Byron Acohido and Jon Swartz, USA TODAY

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SEATTLE – Wearing his trademark bow tie, Eric Ellman goes to work every day prepared to explain why identity theft isn’t as big a threat as people think.

His logic has often found friendly ears in Washington, D.C., where Ellman, a lobbyist for the Consumer Data Industry Association (CDIA), champions the interests of the Big Three credit bureaus: Experian, Equifax and TransUnion.

The CDIA has been scrambling for two years to get federal lawmakers to defuse the onrush of state laws empowering consumers to freeze access to their credit histories to prevent identity theft. It spent a record $1.4 million on federal lobbying in 2006, nearly …more