“Lesson #1: Don’t skimp on IT security from the start”

By August 24, 2015July 5th, 2016IT Security, IT Support in Toronto

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Protection concept: computer keyboard with Shield With Keyhole icon and word Security, selected focus on enter button, 3d render

Protection concept: computer keyboard with Shield With Keyhole icon and word Security, selected focus on enter button, 3d render

Ashley Madison hack should serve as your IT security wake-up call

When making the case for investing more money in IT security, reference the Ashley Madison hack as an example of what you don’t want to happen at your company.

http://www.techrepublic.com/article/ashley-madison-hack-should-serve-as-an-it-security-wake-up-call/?tag=nl.e101&s_cid=e101&ttag=e101&ftag=TRE684d531&utm_content=buffer41365&utm_medium=social&utm_source=linkedin.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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Don’t skimp on IT security from the start

If you’ve ever read any other article on this website, you probably already understand the importance of data security. The problem is that most bean counters do not, and spending on security does not grow sales or pageviews. So, it falls by the wayside because IT is ultimately beholden to the demands of management, and there is not sufficient time / staffing / money available for hardening information security.

This might be the case that changes that. Ultimately, paying for security upfront is likely better for the bottom line and corporate reputation than cleaning up the issue after the fact and paying out any judgements in court.

Presently, Avid Life Media is facing a $578 million class-action suit in Canada, with other individual suits being filed in the US. One point of contention is the $19 “full delete” service that users paid with the expectation that their information would be removed from the Ashley Madison databases — users who now have their personal information leaked alongside millions of other users.

According to Aldo M. Leiva, a partner at Lubell Rosen, users may be able to “pursue breach of contract claims,” and that Avid Life Media may face “an FTC investigation and enforcement action… most likely for unfair or deceptive trade practices.”

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