October 28, 2008

We Don't Need Gimmicks

The Wall Street Journal reports that some security software companies are turning to gimmicks to try to raise awareness around the problem of data breaches. The article states:

"Breaches are up despite the fact that the percentage of businesses that encrypt laptop computers, databases, and back-up tapes--all places where sensitive data are kept--increased about 10 percentage points over the last year, according to a survey of corporate security executives by PricewaterhouseCoopers"

It goes on to add:

"The survey numbers underscore how technology can get a business only so far. Real security is a result of people understanding the nature of the threat and acting responsibly. Unfortunately, most people seem to be tuning out security news."

In my opinion, the major issue is not the lack of awareness, but the fact that the majority of existing market solutions can not prevent data breaches and are not able to protect against web application attacks or data theft from a database. There is a reason that the PCI council mandates firewalls and Anti Viruses and Web Application Firewalls and Data access control and activity monitoring and strong encryption....

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