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October 2, 2015

5 security pros breach Experian/T-Mobile hack

List: Industry experts have their say on the latest major corporate data breach, with Experian and T-Mobile the victims on this occasion.

By Charlotte Henry

After Experian admitted it had been breached, resulting in the loss of 15m T-Mobile US customer records, industry experts have their say on the latest major corporate data breach.

1. Jonathan Sander, VP of Product Strategy, Lieberman Software

“The only thing T-Mobile customers whose data has been swept up in the Experian breach can do is continue – or perhaps start – to live as if their data is now public knowledge.

"That means keeping a very watchful eye on transactions and being doubly suspicious of those who comes calling to “help.”

2. Ken Westin, Senior Security Analyst, Tripwire:

"This should be a wake up call for the carriers and their business partners to be on guard as we usually see these types of attacks occur in clusters within a given industry.”

3. Tim Erlin director of IT security and risk strategy,Tripwire:

“The fact that no other customers of Experian’s appear to be compromised indicates that they’re segregating the data in a way that limits exposure.

"Breaches are a fact of life these days, and limiting damage is an important part of a comprehensive protection strategy."

4. Mark James, IT Security Specialist, ESET:

“This data may be used in targeted phishing attacks to get more useful data that could also be used for identify theft or other malicious purposes.

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5. Richard Parris, CEO, Intercede

"Telecommunications industry has a lot of work to do in order to restore consumer faith. Protecting customers’ private data should be a top priority for any organisation.

"Failure to demonstrate that adequate safeguards are in place could result in customer churn to a competitor.”

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