Into the Breach – Audio Series – Chapter 1 (Breach: A Human Problem)

Into the Breach – Audio Series – Chapter 1 (Breach: A Human Problem)

Welcome to the audio series of Into the Breach: Protect Your Business by Managing People, Information and Risk (click this link to learn more about this book and pick up a complete copy – to get started on your personal journey). This series, underwritten by Configuresoft, now part of EMC, is the full and unabridged audio version of Into the Breach, written by Michael Santarcangelo and read by the author. Join us for a new chapter released on the first Tuesday of each month (there are 13 chapters total). What you’ll find in this episode (Chapter 1: Breach: A Human Problem) Chapter 1 defines the challenge of breach as a “human problem” and begins the journey to understand how and why we got where we are today. Michael reveals how reliance on technology has … [Read more...]

When a Breach Hits Home

When a Breach Hits Home

by Michael Starks Bloggers and writers often lament the challenge of finding new material. When we do write about a topic, it is often a second-hand story, perhaps commenting on the big news of the day. This month is different, thanks to Gexa Energy, an electricity provider based in Houston, Texas. Last month, my wife received a letter from Gexa Energy informing her that a data breach may have involved her non-public personal information. I guess they weren't entirely sure. The letter describes how their monitoring systems alerted them to the intrusion on April 30, 2008, the date of the incident. The breach was contained and there is no evidence of any improper use of her information (had her information ever actually been involved). They even caught the person … [Read more...]

Michael Santarcangelo Interviewed at Microsoft Small Business Summit (Segment 2)

Join Michael Santarcangelo as he reveals essentials for businesses to protect their information. Michael was a featured guest at the Microsoft Small Business Summit to share strategies from his book, Into the Breach: Protect Your Business by Managing People, Information and Risk. In this second segment, Michael continues the explanation of the steps businesses must take to protect information, then reveals how the Catalyst Method(tm) explained in his book allows businesses to reduce costs and even increase revenue! … [Read more...]

Michael Santarcangelo Interviewed at Microsoft Small Business Summit (Segment 1)

Join Michael Santarcangelo as he reveals essentials for businesses to protect their information. Michael was a featured guest at the Microsoft Small Business Summit to share strategies from his book, Into the Breach: Protect Your Business by Managing People, Information and Risk. In this segment, Michael discusses the impact of security breaches, the hidden damages and explains his personal experience in how these events can happen to anyone. The segment ends with Michael outlining 5 steps every business must take to protect information. … [Read more...]

It’s Time to Pay the Piper

It’s Time to Pay the Piper

By Michael Starks Why do companies keep losing our personal information? That, of course, is the billion dollar question. Theories abound, and while we all theorize about the causes, data is still being compromised at an alarming rate. Allow me to add to the theorizing, fully aware that this is going to sound a bit unconventional. What follows is not so much a concrete theory and solution, but an offering for creative thought. Here's my take on one of the main reasons breaches happen, followed by a crazy idea about what we can do about it. Breaches happen because companies are only looking out for number one. Sorry, you're not number one. They are.  You are but a meaningless number in a pool of data. They have no attachment to you as an individual and … [Read more...]