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Think Hackers Are IT's Biggest Threat? Guess Again
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Chuck Brooks
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11/8/2013 | 9:31:03 PM
re: Think Hackers Are IT's Biggest Threat? Guess Again
James is on point, cybersecurity risks are often teh result of internal breaches. The best way to address this is to have Informed risk management for employees on security protocols and processes to provide basic security awareness/identify threats.

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pcalento011
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10/31/2013 | 3:28:51 AM
re: Think Hackers Are IT's Biggest Threat? Guess Again
While certainly a "culture of security" can help address the threat, poorly architected systems also pose a risk. I'm not saying cloud computing or Big Data or any other technology is to blame, but a lack of planning leads to a lack of security. Blaming employees is too easy.
Ulf Mattsson
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10/30/2013 | 9:31:33 PM
re: Think Hackers Are IT's Biggest Threat? Guess Again
I agree that "Secure and manage data in motion" and "Tightening the security perimeter will always be a top priority for federal IT professionals", but I think that the perimeter is gone and that the most attractive target is data in large databases.

I think that the flow of sensitive data across different systems and databases should be protected. I recently read an interesting study from Aberdeen Group about security-related incidents. The study revealed that GǣOver the last 12 months, tokenization users had 50% fewer security-related incidents(e.g., unauthorized access, data loss or data exposure than tokenization non-usersGǥ. The name of the study is GǣTokenization Gets TractionGǥ.

I also think that security teams need to look at if data access patterns are normal for users that are accessing sensitive data. Tools can help to determine if the pattern is normal, is this what the typical employee does as part of their work, or is this behavior out of the ordinary.

Ulf Mattsson, CTO Protegrity
D. Henschen
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D. Henschen,
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10/30/2013 | 6:38:01 PM
re: Think Hackers Are IT's Biggest Threat? Guess Again
This article has a government spin, but it's also very applicable to the private sector. Pay close heed to the practical advice on page two on curbing unintended data breaches unwittingly instigated by internal employees.


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