July 31, 2019

Capital One Breach Exposes Personal Data on 100 Million U.S. Consumers

Capital One Breach Exposes Personal Data on 100 Million U.S. Consumers

PR Newswire

Financial services company Capital One revealed a data breach affecting 100 million U.S. consumers who had applied for credit, plus six million Canadians. In a classic look on the bright side, the company highlighted extra encryption that protected most social security numbers and account numbers. It did mention that exposed data included “names, addresses, postal codes, phone numbers, email addresses, dates of birth, and self-reported income” and “credit scores, credit limits, balances, payment history, contact information, fragments of transaction data from 23 days during 2016, 2017 and 2018, and about 140,000 social security numbers” as well as one million Canadian social insurance numbers.

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Most Security Professionals Don't Know Whether Their Tools Are Working

AttackIQ

Many reports have found that security professionals consider data breaches inevitable. But it’s a good day to reinforce the point with this study from Ponemon Institute and AttackIQ, which found fewer than half of IT experts are confident their organizations can stop data breaches with current resources. Perhaps worse, 53% don’t even know how well their tools are working.

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Microsoft Buys BlueTalon to Improve Data Access Controls

Microsoft

The Ponemon study found that security budgets are growing despite any doubts about value received. That would be one reason why Microsoft just bought BlueTalon, which sells systems to block unauthorized data access by internal users. BlueTalon talks about security for “data estates”, which nicely captures the vast scope of data storage in today's enterprises.

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