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9/13/2019
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Steve Zurier
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6 Questions to Ask Once You’ve Learned of a Breach

With GDPR enacted and the California Consumer Privacy Act on the near horizon, companies have to sharpen up their responses. Start by asking these six questions.
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3. How did the threat actor gain access to our IT environment?
Once the company has confirmed malicious activity and has notified the appropriate people up the chain of command, it's important to find out how the threat actor gained access to the company's IT environment and how long they've had access, says FireEye Mandiant's Carmakal. The most common access methods are via a phishing email or a password spraying or credential-stuffing attack.
A lot of people reuse passwords and employ easy-to-guess passwords, so it's important to train people to use unique and complex passwords. It's also important to know if access was gained through a hack to a third party or other business partner.

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3. How did the threat actor gain access to our IT environment?

Once the company has confirmed malicious activity and has notified the appropriate people up the chain of command, it's important to find out how the threat actor gained access to the company's IT environment and how long they've had access, says FireEye Mandiant's Carmakal. The most common access methods are via a phishing email or a password spraying or credential-stuffing attack.

A lot of people reuse passwords and employ easy-to-guess passwords, so it's important to train people to use unique and complex passwords. It's also important to know if access was gained through a hack to a third party or other business partner.

Image Source: Adobe Stock: magann

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9/16/2019 | 3:22:27 PM
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Words are important and ages ago Cliff Stoll wrote an engaging book THE CUCKOO'S NEST which should be required reading for any cyber pro.  In this book, at one point, he was asked by the FBI to define the threat and theft.  Their language was proper and mild and I think this is so here...

Threat Actor?  No - how about Bald Faced Criminal

Ongoing?  No, how about barn door still unlocked?

Data theft?  No, how above did they empty Fort Knox.

Ongoing?  No, are the black trucks still at the docking back.

Restoration protocol?  No, are we still screwed in putting shit back-together?

Don't have a plan?  are we then up Schitt's creek with no paddle or boat? 

I noticed that responsibility for defense was not mentioned?
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