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Will a federal data breach bill help?

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Hurdles still pop up. Not only does Congress have other priorities on its plate, such as the war in Afghanistan or the Gulf spill, its members also are having a hard time agreeing to the terms of a federal data breach notification law. When should a breach be reported? Should such a law apply to federal agencies? The list goes on. Yet another consideration I haven't heard much about is just how breach notification is to be enforced.

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Will a federal data breach bill help?
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       s organizations try to maintain some                                        ust
                                                    haven’t heard much about is just how breach
       modicum of control over what many            notification is to be enforced.
       executives believe is the drudgery of           The Identity Theft Resource Center
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compliance with 46 state data breach notifica-       (ITRC) states that many data exposures
tion laws, yet another one at the federal level     are underreported despite the existence
has been introduced into the U.S. Congress.         of strict state laws. One example the
                                                                                  ple
   Early last month, Sens. Mark Pryor, D-Ark.,      group called out in a BankInfoSecurity.
                                                                                   oSecurity.
and John Rockefeller, D-W.Va., showcased            com news item was a New York list of
                                                                                   rk
their breach notification bill, which would          data breaches made public this year,
                                                                                  is
require organizations to notify victims of data     which cited more than 200 breaches that
                                                                                   eaches
loss within 60 days.                                had not been reported to news media.
                                                                                   s
   This is just one proposed federal breach         Lackadaisical reporting not only com-
                                                                                   nly
notification bill. Recently reintroduced, the        pounds these victims’ privacy problems,
Data Security Act of 2010, would require some       but also helps cybercriminals launch
companies and federal agencies to notify con-       the same attacks on other businesses,
                                                                                   inesses,

								
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