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BrandPost: Why do breaches slip through the cracks?

Discussion in 'CSO' started by RSS, Jul 14, 2016.

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    RSS New Member Member

    When it comes to minimizing the damage caused by a cyberbreach, the difference between a major data loss and a minor security annoyance often comes down to the time required to identify and counter the attack. Although this relationship between response time and breach consequences may seem self-evident, we regularly read about cyberattacks that went undetected for days, weeks, or months before being recognized. Of course, the most successful of these so-called advanced persistent threats (APTs) are never detected at all.

    Given the potential consequences, why aren’t we better at quickly detecting cyberattacks? One reason is simply that attackers have become very sophisticated in quietly gaining entry to targeted servers and databases. Once in, the intruders do all they can to mask their presence and their activity, which can range from simply exploring the systems and defenses to stealing or corrupting data. Unless they publicly release stolen data or tip their hand in some other fashion, the attackers may take their leave after they’ve met their objectives with their victims none the wiser.

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