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Lessons from the Target Data Breach

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  • Proposed NSA Reform on Bulk Data Collection Declared Illegal by EU Court of Justice
    Not that it directly affects U.S. legal and constitutional considerations on the NSA phone records program, it is  still worth noting that last week the European Court of Justice declared the EU Data Retention Directive was a violation of the fundamental rights of EU citizens under the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union [...]

  • Gartner Dubai Symposium: An Interactive Conversation on Security and Risk Management
    A couple of months ago, the conference chair for Gartner’s Dubai Symposium, Mary Mesaglio, presented me a challenge.  She said, “French, we need more local content and more security content.  What’s possible?” Having made some trips to the Gulf region in the last year, I’d met some really interesting people and heard some great stories.  [...]

  • The Myth of EMV
    Like most of us, since the Target hack, I’ve heard statements on how EMV is THE answer to credit card fraud, and how it’s been working great in Europe which has had it for 20 years.  If the business case were so compelling, wouldn’t EMV have made the trip across the Atlantic a long time [...]

  • Hey, Corporate Director, Who’s Your CISO?
    I’ve spoken to a few corporate boards on IT governance and risk management, and I’ve one question that I always ask — but first let me clarify this Target CISO tweet with my twitter handle on it. In an internal Gartner e-mail thread about the Target CIO resigning, I added some irony, writing:  “Another good [...]

  • Gartner Legal IT Scenario, 2020 – Smart Machines and LPO Radically Disrupt Legal Profession
    The first ever Gartner legal IT scenario is out, and it’s both controversial and not.  Many of the disruptions that we discuss in the scenario are well underway, such as the increasing demand for legal process outsourcing (LPO) and the use of advanced analytics  — so what’s new?  Well,  new are the dramatically disruptive effects [...]

  • #RSAC Buzz — Regulators Raising the Bar on Vendor Risk Management
      I went to the RSA conference once  — it was really busy and hearing from my buddies at the front, it’s now busier than ever.  So much for the boycott, eh? A lot of my security buddies are at RSA this week, and are broadcasting the buzz back to the rest of us here [...]

  • WhiteHouse Announces PTO Will #Crowdsource Patent Review in Anti-Troll Initiative
    As part of its anti-patent troll initiative, the White House announced a new crowdsourcing initiative at PTO.  Should be interesting.  Is government by the people taking on new expanded meaning and moving beyond representative democracy? The idea of crowdsourcing patent review was tested on a few hundred patents already.  PTO used Stack Exchange to test [...]

  • Happy #GIGD, the Problem with Twitter, and Where’s the Love for Info Gov?
    Global Information Governance Day — who knew.  Not I, and I must apologize to those who take such industry observance days seriously — which I don’t — but I forgot to bring flowers or a bottle of wine or something.  What’s really appropriate for #GIGD anyway? Not that information governance is not a serious subject, [...]

  • WSJ: Target Warned of Vulnerabilities Before Data Breach
    I wouldn’t read too much into the headline of this WSJ article.  Security intel people warn of problems all the time – it’s their job.  A real bit of news is in the last paragraph of the article: Several members of Target’s cybersecurity team left the company in the months before the hack, according to [...]

  • A Revolution in GRC Affairs at Gartner (or burning the EGRC mq)
    Gartner’s coverage of vendors in the GRC marketplace is about to change.  The main reason for the change, as noted in the most recent Enterprise Governance, Risk and Compliance Platforms Magic Quadrant, is that GRC solutions buyers are shifting away from a platform-centric approach to one focused on targeted solutions for specific use cases. A [...]