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3/5/2014
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Martin Lee
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Data Breach: ‘Persistence’ Gives Hackers the Upper Hand

Hackers are winning on speed and determination. But we can stack the odds in our favor by shifting the time frames of an attack. Here's how.
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(Image: 2012 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report)

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3/7/2014 | 5:40:14 AM
Re: The Economics of Cybercrime
As Stephen Colbert pointed out at RSA, the NSA showed how an organisation with an unlimited budget can get pwned by a 29 year old with a thumb drive.

Too often security spending seems to be about justifying budgets rather than considering how we can slow down and frustrate attackers, while speeding up detection and remediation. Organisations need to think where their valuable data is located, how it is accessed, and how they would know if someone accessed it improperly.
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3/6/2014 | 1:39:33 PM
The Economics of Cybercrime
Cybercrime is a function of economics.  If the potential for reward is greater than the sum of time, cost and risk of an attack, you will see cybercrime continue.  The same economics are true on the company's part.  Companies spend millions of dollars building walls but freely allow digital data - usually hard drives – be removed by anyone with an "electronic recycling" t-shirt.

When performing an IT refresh or decommissioning equipment, focus on data destruction first and recycling second.  It could save your company from what Target is going through. 
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