This is the time of year when thoughts turn to staying home with the family, so IT organizations go with skeletal crews as employees take time off. But while the IT staff is at home getting some well-deserved rest and relaxation, this could be the prime time for hacking.
At least that's what a survey by Tufin Technologies predicted last August when the company surveyed 79 hackers during the Defcon 17 event in Las Vegas. Eighty-one percent of them viewed the holiday season as an ideal time to hack corporate systems. After all, the hacker is probably at home, too, enjoying the holiday. So why not engage in his favorite pastime?
Alas, this means no rest for the weary IT staff that has to support and defend those systems. Perhaps most interestingly, 96 percent of the hackers said it doesn't matter how much companies spend on security if there is no one around to watch over and configure firewalls, which because of the complexity of managing security today are likely configured poorly. Unfortunately, firewall management is an ongoing challenge for most IT organizations.
In the meantime, the folks at Tufin advise IT organizations to:
Other useful tips from Tufin can be found here, and IT Business Edge has brought on Sue Marquette Poremba to cover security issues on a daily basis. But most importantly, no matter how good you're feeling, Tufin reminds folks that contrary to popular misconception, this is not the season of goodwill to ALL men, so don't leave the back door open for anybody.