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Europe: Data Breach Problem Unknown

Brian Honan Details EU Breach Information Deficit
Europe: Data Breach Problem Unknown

A casual review of information security news suggests that the Europe is largely immune to the data breach epidemic sweeping the United States, owing to the paucity of high-profile European breaches that make news headlines.

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To date, there's apparently been no breach of Target, Home Depot or Sony proportions that's come to light in Europe.

But Brian Honan of Dublin-based BH Consulting warns that while news of EU breaches may not be making headlines, European businesses have no obligation to publicly disclose when they have been breached. As a result, it's not clear whether Europe is currently suffering a U.S.-style data-breach epidemic.

In an interview recorded at RSA Conference 2015, Honan discusses:

  • How EU data-breach notification regulations differ from U.S. laws;
  • The intricacies of the forthcoming EU Data Protection Directive, which could include mandatory breach notification relating to personal data;
  • How the EU data breach notification landscape - and related discussions - must evolve;

Honan is an experienced information security professional who heads BH Consulting. In 2008, Honan founded - and contineues to lead - the first-ever Computer Emergency Response Team for Ireland. He is also a cybersecurity advisor to the association of European police agencies known as Europol.

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About the Author

Mathew J. Schwartz

Mathew J. Schwartz

Executive Editor, DataBreachToday & Europe, ISMG

Schwartz is an award-winning journalist with two decades of experience in magazines, newspapers and electronic media. He has covered the information security and privacy sector throughout his career. Before joining Information Security Media Group in 2014, where he now serves as the executive editor, DataBreachToday and for European news coverage, Schwartz was the information security beat reporter for InformationWeek and a frequent contributor to DarkReading, among other publications. He lives in Scotland.

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