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Mary N. Chaney, Esq., CISSP® is a former Special Agent for the FBI where she investigated cybercrime, a seasoned corporate executive that built and operated information security teams and now a cybersecurity attorney.

As a self-described “Breach Whisperer” our firm can train your company to properly prepare for your eventual breach!

The overall goal of our firm is to use our wealth of knowledge and expertise to help support, translate and advise, Boards of Directors, CIO's, CISO's and General Counsel's on how to legally protect their company from cyber related risk.

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Discover Card - Somebody Had A Breach But It Wasn't Us

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Another credit card company told its customers that their credit card data may have been compromised, the twist is, from reading the article, it wasn’t their breach! Discover provided few details and was very clear to point out that their were no Discover card systems involved. How to read into this? Many state data breach notification laws requires companies to report breaches that they become aware of, this is not specific to your company. I am not saying that this is the first time a company has reported someone else’s breach, I don’t profess to monitor ALL breaches, but this has to be a unique situation. Discover knew about this breach back in August 2018 and probably felt they needed to come forward for transparency. This is a good thing.

There are intelligence teams across the world that surf the dark web and find out about all kinds of information that may not be public and if Discover found out based on its own intelligence that their card holder data was out there, they should take the initiative to report it. It will be interesting to see if anyone will come forward and “claim” this breach.