Secret Service to Provide Data to Verizon Business for Upcoming Report on Data Breaches | WHIR Web Hosting Industry News"
May 6, 2010
To better understand security breaches and how they can be prevented, global IT services provider Verizon is joining forces with the US Secret Service on this year's Data Breach Investigations Report to include computer crime cases investigated by the Sec
According to Verizon's Thursday announcement, the 2010 DBIR, to be released this summer, will feature aggregated findings from Verizon's own caseload as well as hundreds of computer crime cases investigated by the Secret Service. This first-of-its-kind collaboration will give Verizon security researchers a unique perspective on data breaches, including what happens after a breach to identify suspects, make arrests, and extradite foreign nationals, and how cybercriminals are prosecuted. "Verizon is significantly broadening the scope of the 2010 DBIR to gain new insight into how data breaches occur, especially in the consumer sector," Verizon Business technology and innovation vice president Peter Tippett said in a statement. "With a greatly expanded dataset, this year's report will give a more accurate picture of data breaches around the globe while delving into new areas in an effort to better arm organizations worldwide in the fight against cybercrime." In cooperation with Verizon, the Secret Service is using the open-source Verizon Incident Sharing, or VERIS, framework. Verizon used this framework to describe security incidents to classify and analyze its 2009 breaches. This year, the company started using it to publicly collect, analyze, and share security incident data for its data breach investigations reports. Enabling Verizon security researchers to compare the Secret Service's caseload data with Verizon's historical dataset, the VERIS framework is expected to provide a better understanding of how security breaches occur and what can be done to better manage risk. "Combating computer-related crimes targeting the US financial infrastructure is a top Secret Service priority," Secret Service investigations assistant director Michael Merritt said in a statement. "We are proud to partner with our colleagues in the private sector, academia and at all levels of government to better identify and prevent these insidious attacks."