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Re: Fwd: Rate Stratfor's Incident Response
From: Bob Dobbs <bobd10937 () gmail com>
Date: Mon, 9 Jan 2012 10:34:40 -0800

On Sat, Jan 7, 2012 at 5:42 PM, <Valdis.Kletnieks () vt edu> wrote:

It matters a lot less than you think.  Go look at Sony's stock price while
were having their security issues - it was already sliding *before* PSN
got hacked,
but continued sliding at the *exact same rate* for several months, with no

Indeed. It is surprising to me that customers don't care more about this
than they do. But the customer, in the end, doesn't seem particularly
concerned about their personal data. If they did they would stop buying,
revenue would fall, and stock price would fall.

As high priority as the IT Sec people usually think it should be, or as high
priority as a cold hard-line analysis of business cost/benefts says it
be?  IT people tend to be *really* bad at estimating actual bottom-line

I can perfectly understand the cold rationalizing of ROI on issues of
security expense. I am much less forgiving of companies who constantly say
(and they all do) that they take great care with your data, won't share it
with anyone else, implement great security, etc. Then they are owned by
some stupid means such as a flawed and out of date Internet-facing webapp
and proven to be liars.

I wish there were far more punitive punishments for customers to pursue to
help shift the ROI towards providing more security.

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