MashTalk: How to punish companies for poor cybersecurity

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Another day, another data breach.

That would definitely be an apt catch phrase for 2017, with major, high-profile hacks or breaches coming with disturbing regularity. Equifax and HBO were all hit hard, and the WannaCry ransomware crippled infrastructure around the globe. Even Instagram wasn’t spared.

With every breach, another refrain is typically heard: That it was preventable. If only the people in charge had invested more in cybersecurity, or updated their systems, or simply weren’t incompetent, then the hack never would have happened. Yet those same people often face little or no direct consequences.

Some people want to change that. One of them is Todd Thibodeaux, CEO of CompTIA, a technology association that promotes standards and helps guide the IT industry. Thibodeaux thinks, when it comes to poor network security, accountability for private companies needs to happen at the highest level: the board of directors.

Joining the MashTalk podcast, Thibodeaux goes into detail how such an approach would work and shares his thoughts on why it feels like breaches and hacking — especially ransomware — have taken a sharp rise. He also takes a minute to clarify that there actually is a framework for cybersecurity standards that any company can use, but clearly not nearly enough do.

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