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11 February 2009, 12:26

OSF and Credant partnership

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Credant Technologies, a provider of data protection products and the Open Security Foundation, a non-profit organisation, dedicated to maintaining resources to help organisations detect, protect, and mitigate information security risks, have entered into a partnership agreement. Credant Technologies will act as a commercial sponsor to support the Open Security Foundation's activities.

OSF Dataloss logo The Open Security Foundation, through the efforts of both staff and volunteers, researches and gathers reports on security breaches around the world. Their DataLossDB project, a research project that documents known and reported data loss incidents worldwide, recently announced the inclusion of the Primary Sources Archive. The Primary Sources Archive is a collection of breach notification letters sent to various jurisdictions. As reported by Slashdot in July of last year, the DataLossDB (also known as the Data Loss Database – Open Source [DLDOS]) was previously maintained by At the time the OSF said "As of June 4, 2008, DataLossDB contains information on over 1,000 breaches of personal identifying information covering over 330 million records. The... DataLossDB will be free for download and use in non-profit work and research. The new website launch builds off of the current data set and provides an extensive list of new features."

David Shettler, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for the Open Security Foundation said "We think that this partnership will help bring more exposure to incidents that have affected millions of people across the world. Credant has offered to help us in our efforts to bring these incidents to light, and we hope people and organizations will take notice and consider what they might have to do to protect their personal information from misuse or harm."

Michael Callahan, Chief Marketing Officer for Credent Technologies commented "Through security breaches, hacking, identity theft and other types of data loss occur frequently, many of these incidents go unreported. By collecting this vital information in one place, the Open Security Foundation is creating a means to educate the market on the state of data security today. The more knowledgeable companies, employees and solution providers are the better equipped we will all be to ensure critical data is protected."


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