Readers Respond: Peter Coffees Dirty Dozen IT Embarrassments
Readers respond to the eWEEK slide show, "Peter Coffee's Dirty Dozen IT Embarrassments."We appreciate the creative efforts behind your "Dirty Dozen IT Embarrassments" slide show, posted at eweek.com. However, your slide regarding ChoicePoint is both misleading and inaccurate. For the record, ChoicePoint was the victim of a very sophisticated data fraud incident, the likes of which became the subject of an intense and ultimately successful investigation by ChoicePoint and a task force composed of local and federal law enforcement agencies. While we deeply regret the inappropriate access to any consumers information (and find it unacceptable), it is factually incorrect to use ChoicePoint as the example of the serious issues surrounding information security.
Despite your suggestion to the contrary, ChoicePoint wasnt the first company to experience a data incident, and we arent even in the Top 30 in terms of the number of individuals potentially affected by more than 300 incidents that have been disclosed over the past two years.
Director, External Affairs
ChoicePoint Editors note: The full text of this response can be found at go.eweek.com/DirtyDozenBlog.