Breaches Are Worse than They Appear

Sue Marquette Poremba

LulzSec is at it again (no surprise there), this time hacking into the Arizona Department of Public Safety. It sounds like, this time, the group is acting in a WikiLeaks manner by releasing confidential information.

 

It seems like I wake up every morning to news of a major breach. According to an article in The New York Times, my perception may not be too far off. Reporting on recent Ponemon Institute research, the Times article said the breach situation is actually worse than the headlines:

The firm's survey of 581 security professionals at large companies in the United States, Britain, France and Germany found that 90 percent of them had at least one breach in the last year and 59 percent had two or more. And the costs are mounting; 41 percent of break-ins cost more than half a million dollars.

And, the article added, the hacks are targeting very specific information. Again from the Times article, quoting Ponemon Institute founder Larry Ponemon:

They study the target, find an opening and then quietly get in and out. Most are mercenaries, members of criminal syndicates or representatives of unfriendly countries, he said, and their attacks "are much more stealthy and much more difficult to identify.

Perhaps the report from the Ponemon Institute will demonstrate to companies the need for a strong security department. If that doesn't, perhaps the recent news from Reuters will. According to Reuters, Sony allegedly laid off network security employees weeks before its recent headline-inducing breach.

 

Hackers like LulzSec will only continue to exploit the lack of network and data security players.



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