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(The Atlantic)   Cybercrime statistics are wildly overblown, which means we've all been lied to about the need for additional Cyberpolice funding   ( divider line
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2012-04-17 12:48:44 AM  
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Most "cybersecurity" spending and activities provide little bang for the buck and many are actually counterproductive. The vast majority of of security incidents, including nearly every single large publicized event in recent memory, are due to lapses in the basic things people should have already been doing. This includes technology, policies and business processes. You can spend a million dollars on fancy web filtering appliances, firewalls, IPS, etc. but it's all for naught if you're letting people take 100,000 patient records home with them on an unencrypted laptop or flash drive.

If there is one magic bullet to security, it's this.... housekeeping. Keep your shiat clean and organized, know what assets you have and where they are, patch your systems, remove old system accounts, encrypt your sensitive data, etc. and you'll protect yourself from the bulk of the potential threats out there. It's boring, you may not get to add another shiny new box to your rack, but it works. Check out the Top 20 Security Controls from SANS. None of them require a huge increase in spending, mostly a reprioritization of things your IT crew is already (or should be) doing.
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