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Too many CSOs ignore the reality of today's threats

George Viegas | June 24, 2013
George Viegas argues that recent research, like Mandiant's APT1 report, finds too many security managers suffer from "ain't gonna happen to me" syndrome and fail to protect their business because of it. Do you have it?

Not only are these hackers accessing our systems but they return time and time again to pillage and plunder at will. The APT1 report also reveals that these attackers returned to their victim's network periodically over several months or years taking with them valuable business information including technology blueprints, manufacturing process information, business plans, pricing etc. So the doors were open, the windows were open and the attackers entered our corporate 'homes' at will. We might as well have thrown in a welcome mat to finish the story.

As with Richard Ramirez, we know about the threat, we are aware of the danger, yet how many of us are actually doing something about it? Are we walking around our corporate 'homes' looking for the open windows and open backdoors and shutting them down or do we hide behind the 'aint gonna happen to me' façade?

The 'ain't gonna happen to me' façade only works until someone attacks you and by then it is too late to do anything about it.


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