IT Blame Games

from the Fun-For-Everyone dept

A while back, we were wondering whether or not a company is negligent if they “allow” themselves to be hacked and lose customer data. Nothing is foolproof, so there will always be security risks — both in the real world and the IT world. So the question becomes: who’s legally responsible? A somewhat informal CIO jury is split on where the blame lies. Obviously, the issue is not that simple and probably needs to be judged on a case-to-case basis. Sometimes the software vendor is to blame, and sometimes the IT department makes a mistake. The matter of compensation for security breaches opens a rather large can of worms, so we might expect some long, drawn-out legal battles the next time a major IT security breach occurs.

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