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Security Spending Still Doesn't Follow Attack And Breach Trends
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7/18/2013 | 10:03:17 PM
re: Security Spending Still Doesn't Follow Attack And Breach Trends
Well said. Perimeter defense is table stakes. Actually, if you include the new solutions targeting "APT" or advanced malware detection (FireEye, Damballa, everyone and their mother now) as network perimeter solutions, then that spending might even go up. Also, you have to consider that many "network perimeter" controls provide direct application and database protection. Is a WAF deployed as part of an F5 in the DMZ being counted as a network perimeter control or application control?

"I'm not going to approve implementing database security control X because Oracle is unbreakable"...said no executive, ever. That was marketing, No one is that stupid.
Hal Elujah
Hal Elujah,
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7/18/2013 | 5:00:32 PM
re: Security Spending Still Doesn't Follow Attack And Breach Trends
Saying that organizations are spending too much on network security and not enough on database and application security is like saying the bank spends too much on the building and not enough on the safe deposit boxes. But if a bad guy can't get into the building in the first place, isn't the safe already protected?

Likewise, if the perimeter of a network is sufficiently defended, this automatically provides greater protection for servers, applications, and databases.

Extending the metaphor, most banks are robbed by people who entered the building legally, initially posing as customers (a sort of testament to the strength of the outer, or building, defenses). Likewise, many database attacks are attempted by those who got into the network legally, initially posing as visitors (a testament to the strength of the outer network defenses). So, just as safes need to be protected in banks, databases and apps need to be protected within networks. But the bulk of the investment is at the perimeter -- as it should be.

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