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Preventive Security Through Behavior Modification

It seems that most of the security solutions today are based on Defensive Security

– a $100 billion solution

Gorka Sadowski, CISSP, Principal Solution Architect, LogLogic

Over the next few posts, we’ll investigate how the expression “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” could also be applied to the IT world, and what are the tools to foster such prevention through behavior modification.

When looking at IT security, it seems that most of the security solutions today are based on Defensive Security.  Technologies such as AntiVirus, Firewalls, Intrusion Detection Systems and Intrusion Prevention Systems, Anti-Trojan, Anti-Worms, and Anti-Spyware belong in this category. The primary focus of these technologies is defending against security attacks in progress. Other categories of security exist of course, such as Proactive Security (including Vulnerability Management) and Remediation Security (e.g. Patch Management), but the industry focus these past few years has been on Defensive Security.

It is amazing that despite all of these types of security solutions, major investments and huge efforts by the industry, security incidents still happen all the time. And many of these hacking attempts are “successful” (for the bad guys that is).

McAfee published a staggering study last year, conducted by researchers from Purdue University.  800 CIOs from several countries were polled, and it turns out that a combined $4.6 billion worth of Intellectual Property (IP) was lost in 2008 alone, and that these businesses spent approximately $600 million repairing damage resulting from data breaches.

McAfee now estimates that worldwide, businesses lose more than $1 trillion in Intellectual Property due to theft and cybercrime.

IT Security is a trillion dollar per year problem!

So what’s the answer?

Let’s think about this. The best way to secure an IT environment is to prevent security attacks from happening in the first place, and to make sure that bad guys don’t even try to commit electronic crime. In other words, the most effective way to prevent electronic crime is to modify the behavior of would-be attackers, and to make them think twice before they commit electronic crimes.

Next time we’ll dive into Preventive Security.

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Bill Roth is a Silicon Valley veteran with over 20 years in the industry. He has played numerous product marketing, product management and engineering roles at companies like BEA, Sun, Morgan Stanley, and EBay Enterprise. He was recently named one of the World's 30 Most Influential Cloud Bloggers.