By Elinor Mills
November 11, 2010
A new Web site could help turn security breach guesswork into science.
Database breaches, social engineering attacks, and hacking incidents
happen at companies every day, but very few end up being reported
publicly. That's because organizations fear--and rightly so--damage to
their reputation, public humiliation, and loss of customer confidence.
But this silent victim syndrome means that others can't learn from the
missteps of victims and that the industry as a whole doesn't have a good
grasp on the scope of the problem.
In a first-of-its-kind effort, Verizon Business is launching a public
Web site for reporting security incidents that could crack open the
self-defeating secrecy of data breaches.
"This will benefit the overall community," Alexander Hutton, a principal
of research and intelligence at Verizon Business, told CNET in an
interview. "The valid data helps us all learn from mistakes."
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