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Preventive Security Through Behavior Modification – Part 4

A proper Log Management tool is a powerful tool to catch the bad guys

– a $100 billion solution

Gorka Sadowski, CISSP, Principal Solution Architect, LogLogic

Last week (see part 1, part 2 and part 3 here) we saw that a proper Log Management tool is a powerful tool to catch the bad guys.

Advertise your use of such a tool and you will send a clear signal to would-be attackers that they will be caught, which will act as a powerful deterrent, and curb bad behaviors.

A 2004 study from Ibas, a computer forensics firm, conducted on 400 UK businesses showed that “69.6% of business professionals have stolen some form of corporate IP from their employer when leaving a job.”

I simply cannot believe that 69.6% of the people are “bad guys,” responsible for a trillion dollar worldwide problem. I believe that these 69.6% of people saw a window of opportunity, somehow persuaded themselves that it was OK to steal that corporate IP, and assumed that they were going to get away with it.

The IT world is not that different from “the real world.”  These 69.6% of people are not bad guys; they simply exhibited bad behavior.

Of these 69.6%, how many are hardcore criminals that would steal regardless of the risks, and how many would refrain if they knew that they would get caught?

Let’s be very conservative and imagine that we could prevent just 10% of these losses through simple employee behavior modification. This behavior modification could be boosting of basic “do the crime –  do the time” awareness.

Remember that trillion dollar IP security problem?

10% of a trillion is 100 billion. That’s a lot of money!

Let’s all properly manage logs, modify people’s behaviors and curb IT crime before it happens. It’s well worth the reward!

In fact it could save us $100 billion.

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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.