Tipping the Data Breach Odds in Your Favor

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Data Breaches

With smart, robust security, companies can prevent the vast majority of threats, but not 100 percent of them. The attacker has the advantage because:

  • There are unlimited opportunities to conduct an attack.
  • There is almost no penalty or cost for making repeated attempts to breach a network.
  • The defender must stop all attempts of both opportunistic and targeted attackers; failure to do this even once will result in a breach.
  • Unlike an opportunistic attacker, a targeted attacker will find a way in through spear phishing, social engineering, vulnerabilities, web-based malware such as drive-by installation, etc.

Catastrophic data breaches are becoming the new norm. Each week, new data breaches surface, making it clear that cyber criminals are getting the upper hand in breaking into networks and stealing assets.

Most of the industry now understands that 100 percent effective preventative security is impossible to achieve. Both Gartner and the FBI agree. In his keynote to the 2015 RSA Conference in San Francisco, Amit Yoran, the president of RSA, loudly proclaimed that, "the security industry has failed." He noted that, "Beyond this irrational obsession with perimeters, the security profession follows an equally absurd path to detecting these advanced threats."

A motivated attacker will get into your network. The key is how quickly and accurately you are able to find the active breach. Right now, the industry average is about six months. This is where security has failed. The industry is still trying to use a preventative mindset and tools to highlight a breach. Clearly, finding an active breach requires a different approach.

So what do the odds actually look like for an attacker and a defender before an intrusion and afterwards? Can the odds be changed? The answer may surprise you. In this slideshow, LightCyber takes a closer look at how data breaches happen and what you can do to tip the odds back in your favor.


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

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