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Audits Show Things At a Moment in Time; Silly To Sue For Breaches That Happen 1 Year After Audit Conclusion?

Monday, June 8th, 2009

There has been much written in the past week about Merrick Bank suing the audit firm, Savvis, because a breach occurred at CardSystems in 2005 even though Savvis had given passing marks for the CardSystems audit that Merrick Bank hired them to perform in 2004 to ensure they were following Visa’s Cardholder Information Security Program (CISP); basically a forerunner of the current PCI DSS program. Savvis found that CardSystems was following the CISP requirements. Within a year after the audit, CardSystems experienced a major breach that basically put them out of business.
I have had the great privilege to work as an IT auditor early in my career, for a while as an internal auditor at a large multi-national financial and insurance company, and then doing periodic audits since in various organizations in a wide range of industries since. All wonderful learning experiences!
There are a couple of important points that the judge in this situation should consider, and the lawyers in this case should understand: