Weekly Wrap Up | Sept, 5 2014
This week's wrap up will provide key details of a possible The Home Depot breach and an update to the Chase Bank data breach.
Many of you may be familiar with bus factor, lottery, truck factor, and/or bus/truck number. For those that aren't though, I wanted to take a small moment to explain it. The concept is quite simple. This "factor" is nothing more than a scary way of labelling the number of developers a project could stand to lose (get hit by a bus) before the project couldn't continue. People have various events in their lives that permit or prevent them from performing certain tasks. As with software development someone's ability to keep working on a project could be taken away by changing jobs, getting a promotion, winning the lottery and quitting, or the more tragic getting hit by a bus/truck.
Weekly Wrap Up | Aug, 29 2014
This week has been a pretty eventful one in the world of information security. There have been quite a few news stories worth checking out. I thought I would post a summary of this weeks news stories, and share my insights and lessons learned.
33 Stores Affect in PF Chang's Data Breach
PF Chang's Restaurant has released more information about their recent data security breach. They haven't release very many specific details about how the breach was carried out or how many records were affected. They did release a few interesting facts about the data breach that are highlighted below.
SMB Data Breach Fallout
For any organization a data breach is a disruptive experience. Besides the distraction from daily operations, and unwanted publicity, a data breach brings a huge financial burden as well. Most large businesses have the resources to weather the storm, but many small and mid size businesses aren't as fortunate. Most SMBs don't have the capital or technical talent on staff to properly respond to a data security breach. Given that 71% of data breaches target small businesses, I thought it would be beneficial to discuss the fallout of a security breach and the impact it could have to a small business.