Data Breach Investigations Reports

Instructor: David Gloag
Data breaches happen. It's an unfortunate fact of life, and one of the reasons we have security. In this lesson, we'll take a look at the data breach, investigation reports, and how the two are used in conjunction with each other.

Security and its Importance

Let's face it, security is important. It's a sad fact, but there are those in the world that would do us harm. Each day, there are thefts, muggings, and stabbings. For the most part, the police do a good job of handling them. But what about more recent variations like digital crime, and digital warfare? Are current security measures enough? Unfortunately, no. At times, we read about important information being obtained in some sort of digital attack, or some remote facility being crippled through digital warfare. When this occurs, the data breach must be identified, investigated, and reported on. Only then, can the issue be addressed.

What is a Data Breach?

A data breach is any situation where important information becomes visible to the outside world. In other words, sensitive or secret information becomes accessible to an unauthorized party or parties. Think of it in terms of military communications, political negotiations or correspondence, and intellectual property, to get an idea. If any of these were to fall into the wrong hands, the results could be disastrous. For this reason, data breaches are treated with the utmost importance. Security personnel spend a great deal of time protecting against, investigating, and ultimately correcting, data breaches when they occur.

What is an Investigation Report?

An investigation report is a written, multi-page document that contains the specifics of an incident, or incidents, in question. It is an after-the-fact study of the prior steps, results, impact, and possible trends, of the incident in question. As an example, think about the last time you took your vehicle in for service. The service advisor filled out a form that contained basic contact information, as well as a detailed description of the problem you were having, and the steps needed to reproduce the issue. From there, a technician takes this information and performs an investigation. This results in the discovery of the problem, and the ultimate repair. The details of this process are documented on the form, which you can review when you pick-up your vehicle.

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