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Verizon 2011 Data Breach Report: New Year, Same Problems

May 18, 2011

Verizon recently released the 2011 edition of their Data Breach Report, the gold standard of visibility into real-world security threats.  While this year’s report does give us some good news – law enforcement has been highly successful in tracking down organized perpetrators, and the overall number of confirmed compromised data records is way down – we still have one key problem that we’ve seen over and over again in past versions of the report: the lack of relatively simple security controls is responsible for the majority of data breaches that occur.

In fact, according to the report, 96% of data breaches were preventable with simple or intermediate controls – a shocking number, given that security has been such a high-profile discipline over the past few years.  This year, Verzion detailed a “12-Step Program” to help organizations mitigate these threats by implementing the right security controls, and monitoring those controls to ensure their effectiveness.

Fortunately, as a unified situational awareness platform, eIQnetworks’ SecureVue is a near-perfect match for each and every one of Verizon’s proposed data breach mitigation steps.  We’ve put together a solution brief, which you can download here, that details how SecureVue can be used to monitor each of these critical security controls.  We encourage you to read up on SecureVue, implement Verizon’s recommended security controls, and continuously monitor them to ensure that your organization doesn’t wind up being a statistic in next year’s Verizon Data Breach Report.

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