Five Myths Holding Your Security Program Back

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Data Surveillance

Myth #4: Data surveillance means breaking employee trust and invading employee privacy.

The Reality: Surveillance doesn't have to be an attack on the employee's privacy rights. It's not about reading every email. Reading every email may identify single security incidents but it won't reveal the more powerful insight: patterns of data movement and their context.

Dan's Advice: The proper level of acceptable surveillance is a matter of debate inside each individual organization. Event data can be collected without examining actual file contents. It can be anonymized yet descriptive of the types of users, files, repositories and applications involved. Defining responses based on context will help prioritize your surveillance efforts.

One could argue that cybersecurity is the most intellectually demanding profession on the planet. The rate of change is so great that no challenge is ever solved and no problem ever resolved completely. That said, security failures more often result from a lack of direction and focus, not of skills or resources.

The five myths in this slideshow, identified by Dan Geer, were selected because they address pain points common to many organizations, and successfully addressing them will give reasonable assurance of some quick wins. In reviewing this list, continue to ask yourself how to apply the advice to your organization and its unique cybersecurity ecosystem. The myths endeavor to challenge you a bit on how you think about the difficulties we all face.

Dan Geer is the chief information security officer at In-Q-Tel, a not-for-profit investment firm that works to invest in technology that supports the missions of the CIA and the broader U.S. intelligence community. Previously he was chief scientist at Digital Guardian (formerly Verdasys). Geer was a key contributor to the development of the X Window System as well as the Kerberos authentication protocol while a member of the Athena Project at MIT in the 1980s. Shortly after, Geer created the first information security consulting firm on Wall Street in 1992, followed by organizing one of the first academic conferences on electronic commerce in 1995. Geer is also the past president of the USENIX Association where he earned a Lifetime Achievement Award.

 

Related Topics : Unisys, Stimulus Package, Security Breaches, Symantec, Electronic Surveillance

 
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