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DataLossDB

Created: 30 Aug 2009 • Updated: 05 Nov 2012
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Phil Dunkelberger - President & CEO

With news of data breaches becoming a regular event and increasing in frequency, they hardly count as "news" any longer. In fact, breach disclosures have become such a regular part of our daily routine that it's getting harder to see the "forest for the trees." As nearly all states now have breach disclosure laws, we're now living in an era where fewer breaches go unreported, even if some of them get reported late. The question now is not whether data is at risk, but what new threats are emerging and how do we best address them. I'm pleased to announce that PGP Corporation has partnered with the Open Security Foundation to provide some of the perspective we're going to need to determine an answer to these questions. The Foundation's primary activity is publishing the DataLossDB site; which contains one of the most complete records of data breaches now available.

The best thing about the DataLossDB effort is that it's putting the increasing tide of breach events into an actual database.  Not only will this create a complete record of events that are now far too numerous for any one person to remember, they are stored is such a way that they can be analyzed by statisticians, security experts and law enforcement. It is this kind of analysis which provides the kind of perspective we need to determine how best to protect the confidential data on which we run our lives and businesses. PGP Corporation has always had a compelling interest in educating/advising enterprises and indivduals on the true cost of  breaches. This is just the latest example of how we are partnering with organizations that collect and disseminate this data.

I'd encourage anyone with an interest in how the threats to confidential information are changing to spend some time reviewing the DataLossDB numbers. We’ll be showcasing some of their research and our own analysis on the PGP website.