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OPM Breach Shows Government Cybersecurity Remains Work In Progress
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Enrico Fontan
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Enrico Fontan,
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6/5/2015 | 3:44:39 PM
EINSTEIN System to tune
Government says the breach has been discovered by EINSTEIN system.

If you look at the EINSTEIN system, it possible to see that it has been developed to detect cyber threats.
Looking at the system last evolution we can see that EINSTEIN 3 system adds an IPS to improve it's capabilities:
"The intrusion prevention capability (IPS) builds upon the previous versions by adding the ability to block and disable attempted intrusions before any harm is done."

I think the IPS feature has to be developed again.


EINSTEIN reference "Cross Agency Priority Goal: Cybersecurity FY2013 Q4 Status Update"
kbannan100
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kbannan100,
User Rank: Moderator
6/5/2015 | 11:58:29 AM
Being ahead of a breach
This just shows that even the most sophisticated and (you'd hope) solid security measures don't always work. You constantly have to be ahead of a breach and be looking for the unexpected. 

bit.ly/1P0OVdV

--KB 

Karen J. Bannan, commenting on behalf of IDG and FireEye.
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Paladium,
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6/5/2015 | 10:23:57 AM
Work in progress....?
No, sadly, the excuse that cybersecurity is a work in progress is unacceptable.  

"Here ya go Sir.  Your car is good as new.  Don't worry about the brakes.  They are not hooked up yet.  Just drive slow.  The tires should be fine too.  No worries.  Just don't make any sharpe turns or they might fall off.  We just couldn't get to putting the nuts on them yet.  A stearing wheel you say?  Here, use this long handled screwdriver to turn the stearing collum."

The single, most important fact everyone should take away from these Government breaches is that politics (petty kingdoms, lack of authority, onerous processes to remove a single screw..., etc.) *prevent* cybersecurity from being properly implemented.  Cold, hard, undisputable fact.  

Ask pretty much every single former (who chose to walk away) federal contractor providing cybersecurity services what the number one reason is.


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