Keep alive public awareness of data loss, support datalossdb.org
By Simon Thorpe on Jan 13, 2010
Public reporting of security issues and incidents are key to addressing security concerns and continuing to advance the methods we all use to protect our most valuable data. Without public scrutiny, we are exposed to lack of awareness which leads to lack of security through lack of knowledge.
Luckily the Open Security Foundation (OSF) do a great job of managing two very important web sites. The Open Source Vunerability Database is managed by the public community and is a great tool for tracking problems in software you may have deployed and making sure vendors are on their toes to fixing issues due to public awareness.
The second website is Data Loss Database which records all publically reported incidents where data is lost either by accident, from a result of a hack, stolen equipment etc. This invaluable database provides awareness so that organisations are able to better understand the ways in which information is at risk and therefore implement technologies to reduce risk of dataloss, such as using information rights managment.
The OSF is currently asking for donations to help these valuable services to continue to run. So open your wallet and drop some money in the direction of the Open Security Foundation... and in doing so contribute to the efforts which keep all of our information secure.
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