Launching Part One of Practical Security Series: Scenarios
Recently the University of Maryland was the victim of a sophisticated computer security attack, or hacking incident, that involved the breach of a significant database at the University. This breach may have exposed the records of over 309,000 faculty members, staff members, students, and other affiliated personnel from some of the University’s campuses.
Once again, similar to far too many other data breach events, the breached information included Social Security Numbers, or SSNs. While the University is offering free credit monitoring to those affected, anyone who has endured an identity theft incident knows that the inconvenience is far more extensive than twenty dollars and one year of credit monitoring.
While it may take the incident forensic specialists, and their recently doubled IT Security Staff (self-claimed), some time to determine the root cause, the actual and total information breached, and whether procedural or technical reasons permitted the breach to happen, the incident as a whole serves to remind us that we all must be continually diligent.
Continued diligence involves assessing your own organization, and your data security controls in an authorized and controlled manner. Unauthorized parties are assessing your security controls on a constant basis. The benefit to performing your own assessment, such as a Technical Vulnerability Assessment, is that you are privy to the results. When a “hacker” assesses your controls the only results you may receive, or maybe not, is success or failure of their efforts.
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