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How to Get the Most Out of Your Security Metrics
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User Rank: Ninja
3/26/2020 | 12:29:21 PM
Great post and valid points
One thing that was not covered (of course everything cannot be covered) is the human element. There are certain things that pertain to individuals being tired, disgruntled, under-paid or any other liteney of reasons. You have to ask yourself, with all of the things that have been put in place why are we still being breached:
  • S3 Bucket found online that hold pertinent user data (Census Bureau, Marriott, Equifax, and others)
  • User was able to access DB online with no secured SA password
  • OPM allowed millions of records to be accessed (I think this was due to poor management, she did nothing to review her existing operations)
  • DoD - Military records and Spy-tools (Shadow Brokers) stolen from NSA, Navy, Airforce and Army
  • Capital One - someone who use to work there was able to find a vulnerability and exploit it to the point of sharing financial records with overseas extremest groups

I mean the list goes on and nothing has been done to punish or enforce rules of operations (has anyone done an investigation and provided steps they have taken to fortify their environment, was anyone fired and was this made public).
  • https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/06/us/politics/china-hacking-cyber.html
  • https://www.gflesch.com/blog/biggest-cyberattacks-2019
  • https://www.csis.org/programs/technology-policy-program/significant-cyber-incidents

At the end of the day, until teeth is put into certain cybersecurity rules of engagement, we will continue to work with incompetence and lack of understanding even at the highest levels. Don't get me wrong, having statistics and metrics to capture the potential threats, but if it falls on deaf ears especially at the executive levels without having a proper planning and implementation strategy, then this is just a useless exercise in futility.


User Rank: Apprentice
1/28/2020 | 5:53:42 AM
So true
"But not all vulnerabilities are equally important or have equal business effects."

This is so true. Business owners often take some problems too seriously, and some others too lightly.

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