Don’t Use the B Word

Breach is defined as the act of breaking or failing to observe a law, agreement or code of conduct. In terms of cybersecurity, breach refers to an incident in which data, services, network and/or devices are accessed by an unauthorized user in an attempt to steal or view sensitive, or confidential information.

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While the terms breach and incident may seem to be interchangeable in every day conversation, to many government and federal agencies making the distinction between them is important.

A security incident can be something like a computer virus, but a security breach means sensitive information has been accessed, viewed and possibly stolen.

As of June 2015, 47 states, including Ohio, had adopted a breach notification law. Each state has provisions that include who must comply, the type of information that is affected, what constitutes a breach, requirements for providing notice, as well as exemptions.

It’s important to know the difference and whether it be a breach, or an incident, we are here to help and answer your questions and concerns.

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A good place to start is often with a network risk assessment to find out where the vulnerabilities are and then create a course of action.

Related: What is a Risk Assessment?

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Posted by Jack Gerbs