Ignoring Data Security Could Spell Lawsuit
I see our customers turn a blind eye to blatant security issues, in the name of the application or business requirements. I see our own senior officers reduce the risk ratings of internal findings, and even strong-arm 3rd party auditors/testers to reduce their risk ratings on the threat of losing our business. It's truly sad that the fear of losing our jobs and the necessity of supporting our families comes first before the security of highly confidential information.If that isn't chilling enough, scroll down the page and see one story after another that, if known to the people affected, could easily lead to significant law suits:
- I was employed in a medical software company that did not treat their staff terribly yet managed to deploy products that were genuinely unsafe. This was in the imaging dept.of a medical records company - imaging handled diagnostic images as well as records for archival. This needed to be 100%+ HIPPA [hhs.gov] compliant and was nowhere close.
- Don't even get me started. I work at a company which makes document imaging software and our customers send us all kinds of crap that honestly, scares the shit out of me. Not to mention information specifically protected by law. Most of the time, I get the sense that the sender didn't even remotely think about it. All they know is "this is not viewing/printing how it should" and so off they send it, as an attachment on unencrypted email.
- I remember in my days consulting, I got sent a DB to look at. This DB held all the personal information for everyone who was worth over $X. The DB contained SSN's, spouse's name, spouse's SSN, etc. As soon as I saw this DB, I asked where the NDA for it was. When I was told there was no NDA [non-disclosure agreement] sent over, I felt sorry for everyone who's information was in there.
- I work for a very large US government department. Our agency oversees all of the child agencies. If we leak information about how we fast-talk the 20-some year old college graduate security auditors that know jack about computers, we would surely lose our contract. Our contract pays big, on the order of a few million per year. We have a total staff a little over 20, do the math. If the federal it director says to do it one way, we do it that one way to ensure nice paychecks to our employees.