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6/20/2012 - Tech experts dismayed by LinkedIn's lack of preparedness after breach


LinkedIn's poor response following a data breach has hurt its reputation.

Social media website LinkedIn is launching a full-scale investigation to determine whether a security breach involving the exposure of its users' passwords was an isolated incident or if the issue runs deeper.

Jeffrey Carr, chief executive of security firm Tala Global, told Reuters he thinks the hack may turn out to be even more significant than initially projected.

"There is going to be more to come," Carr told the news source. "As long as they don’t know what happened here, there is a good chance that it is more widespread than originally thought."

Technology experts tell the news source that LinkedIn did not have sufficient cyber security systems in place, especially when considering its 160 million users.

The company's uneven handling of the breach has also caused issues. By not making every effort to ensure their users' personal data was protected, LinkedIn may have permanently compromised its reputation. The company may have been able to avoid that result it had immediately implemented an effective crisis communications plan.

With CyCurity® coverage from Selective, businesses are covered for various expenses in the event of a security breach, including the cost of crisis communication, to help preserve the company's reputation and avoid lasting repercussions. Nowadays, virtually all companies use email, the internet, and other electronic means to communicate and conduct business.  CyCurity® can help cover loss exposures from such transactions. To learn more about CyCurity®, talk to your Selective agent today.

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