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Time For An 'Active Defense' Against Security Attacks
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Marilyn Cohodas
Marilyn Cohodas,
User Rank: Strategist
12/16/2013 | 9:54:28 AM
Re: Lowest hanging fruit -- bounties
Yes, I've read about Microsoft's bug bounty program -- also Facebook. All good programs but unlikely to have the broad reach that will be necessary to defeat the hackers.
Marilyn Cohodas
Marilyn Cohodas,
User Rank: Strategist
12/16/2013 | 9:44:17 AM
Re: It's not about the walls, it's about the moat...
@Stratustician, I love your analogy about a moat versus a wall to as an active perimeter defense strategy. Also some very practical advice about whitelisting and WAFs. Anybody else have some suggestions to add to the list? 
User Rank: Moderator
12/15/2013 | 9:54:10 PM
It's not about the walls, it's about the moat...
When it comes to protecting ever moving data, I personally think there is benefit to implementing 2 main schools of thought: whitelisting and WAF.  Whitelisting data at the file level with permissions will help ensure that no matter where your data moves, it knows how it can be used.  This is particularly helpful in cloud environments, or for data that moves across geographic regions (think load balancing).

WAFs are a great way to basically dig a moat around your databases, or anything else connected to the internet.  While it's not necessarily the only means of security required, it's going to help filter most of the bad stuff and give you a lot less to worry about off the bat.  DDoS is also a much reduced headache with the help of a WAF.
User Rank: Apprentice
12/14/2013 | 4:47:18 PM
Re: Lowest hanging fruit
Marilyn large companies are already doing this. Microsoft, Google to name just two. It seems to be helping a bit but merely a trickle as compared to how many exploits are written each day.
User Rank: Apprentice
12/14/2013 | 4:44:31 PM
Re: Lowest hanging fruit
We have to start somewhere. It would seem to me that listing an older version of your database in a job listing than what you really have to lay a false trail simply makes sense...and you can always ask the job candidate if they are familiar with newer versions during the interview. Of course this takes time and requires planning, but the staus quo simply won't cut it anymore.
Marilyn Cohodas
Marilyn Cohodas,
User Rank: Strategist
12/12/2013 | 2:34:50 PM
Re: Lowest hanging fruit
Interesting idea, Whoopty, about bounties for breach discovery. Are you suggesting that business offer incentives internally to IT staff or a broader outreach?
User Rank: Ninja
12/12/2013 | 11:44:30 AM
Lowest hanging fruit
These methods do sound a bit outlandish like you say, but I'd have thought as long as you make it so you're not the lowest hanging fruit, you'll be able to skate most of the time. 

Offering bounties for security breach discovery is also a pretty good plan. That's worked well for Facebook, Mega and countless other sites. Maybe it's time more businesses tried that more active defensive action? 

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