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Marcus Ranum chat: Information security monitoring
This article is part of the Information Security issue of November 2011
Marcus Ranum: Richard, thanks for taking the time to talk; it’s been a while and we’ve got a lot to catch up on! In the last couple of years we’ve seen a marketing push over advanced persistent threats (APT), a campaign attacking security companies, and the Aurora/Shady Rat attacks. I assume you’re still a fan of network security monitoring? It’s always seemed to me we,as a community, have been cutting costs in the wrong place. We need more monitoring, analysis and brainpower. Where do you see things going? Richard Bejtlich: It's been quite a ride the last few years, indeed. Overall, I think there’s a growing sense that becoming an intrusion victim is a possibility for lots of organizations, and a certainty for many depending on the sector and assets at stake. Enough of a variety of organizations have been compromised that many executives are asking, “Are we next? How would we know?” and similar tough questions. As a result, we're seeing increased interest in “Are we compromised?” assessments, rather than “Are we vulnerable?” ...
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Features in this issue
PCI Security Standards Council plans to release a list of certified components in April.
An effective risk assessment process is essential, but many factors can skew the process and get in the way of security.
ISM November 2011 cover story: Eric Ogren on how virtual desktop infrastructure enhances compliance, data protection and malware protection.
Cybercriminals are zeroing in on small and midsize businesses with fewer security resources.
Columns in this issue
Security expert and Information Security magazine columnist Marcus Ranum talks to Richard Bejtlich, CSO and vice president, Mandiant Computer Incident Response Team (MCIRT) at security firm Mandiant.
We all have an explanation for weak security, but everyone needs to do their part to improve it.
China is being accused of hacking corporate, government and military networks in the U.S. for economic gain. Policy makers need to be versed in cybersecurity and figure out how to respond.