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Executive: Breach Legislation Unnecessary

PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIA

December 3, 2010

Mandatory data breach notification legislation will not reduce the number of data breaches, according to a Verizon executive speaking at a recent information security event. Similar laws introduced in the U.S. simply triggered headlines, he said, and may have a similar effect in Australia. A more efficient way to reduce data breaches would be to improve slack security standards, which are the reason that data breaches continue to occur using decade-old methods, the executive said in a ZDNet report, adding that log reviews would prevent 85 percent of breaches. Attackers usually watch the network for vulnerabilities or valuable data for up to a year, which can typically be detected by reviewing logs, the report states.
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