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May 2011

Breaches highlight need for better employee security awareness training

Good grief, we’re not even halfway through 2011 and there’s already been a string of eye-popping breaches: Epsilon, EMC’s RSA security division, Comodo, and HBGary Federal.  With even security firms getting hit, one has to start wondering about the state of information security. After all the sophisticated technology, all the audits, and all the handwringing over risk management, our data and networks still seem awfully vulnerable. Cat and mouse game. Arms race. Time and again, we use these metaphors to describe the battle against cybercriminals. Of course, there’s no such thing as failsafe security, but the bad guys seem to be getting the upper hand despite all our best efforts. Despite all the firewalls, IDSes, antivirus, SIMs, and authentication requirements, breaches continue at a rapid pace. Notification laws, of course, have brought many breaches to light that would have otherwise gone unreported. Still, the list of compromised companies only seems to grow unabated. Now, maybe the breached companies had serious lapses in ...

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