Thursday, March 15, 2007

Paper : Case of Mistaken Identity

A University of Washington researchers Kris Erickson and Philip Howard have an interesting new paper out, "A Case of Mistaken Identity? News Accounts of Hacker and Organizational Responsibility for Compromised Digital Records, 1980–2006." This is a great survey of the dramatic explosion in reports of breaches. A couple of great quotes:
One important outcome of the legislation is improved information about the types of security breaches. Many of the news stories between 1984 and 2004 report palty details, with sources being off the record and vague estimates of the severity of the security breach. Since mandatory reporting legislation in many states, most news coverage provides more substantive details. In 2006, only 10 of the 257 news stories were unable to make some attribution of responsibility for a security breach. (Emphasis added.)

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