Blog Posts Tagged with "Statistics"


Cybercrime Does(n't?) Pay

May 14, 2012 Added by:Beau Woods

Although many studies fail at basic science, I'm hopeful that the information security industry will get better both at true academic research and at coming up with accurate metrics for the most important data. We'll get there as we mature as an industry, but it will take a while...

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Law Of First Digits and How It Might Lead To More Trust

May 03, 2012 Added by:Alan Woodward

It might be as simple as whether an image has been altered to whether large data sets should be used to make a critical business decision. Benford's law and its generalized forms can help us decide whether or not we can trust some electronic data we may be about to rely upon...

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When Statistics Fail: Planning for Things You Can't Expect

April 27, 2012 Added by:Rafal Los

In incident preparedness, if you don't already, maybe it's time for a chapter on worst case scenarios. Lots of organizations have these, but as I pointed out, many aren't even thinking about testing their own incident response plans much less looking at the absolute worst-case...

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Infosec: Where is Our “Long Tail”?

February 20, 2012 Added by:Dave Shackleford

The “long tail” concept illustrates the subtle, often overlooked 20% market that tends to be more niche. We need those organizations that are desperate to find unusual solutions that are not available at all right now. And we need small startups to provide them...

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One in Three Massachusetts Residents’ Records Breached

February 15, 2012 Added by:Robert Siciliano

Massachusetts has one of the most stringent data protection laws on the books. Companies are now reporting when even a single individual’s information has been compromised. Despite strict security requirements, companies are continually being hacked in record numbers....

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Looking Back: A Review of Threats Faced in 2011

February 02, 2012 Added by:Simon Heron

There is a great deal that can be gleaned from customer systems. When statistics from many different organizations, of different sizes, from different industries, in different countries are analyzed, they provide a useful insight into the true nature of security threats...

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Leaking Vault Update: Records Breached Figure Passes One Billion

January 31, 2012 Added by:Suzanne Widup

Although 2007 and 2008 grew the most in terms of additional incidents being disclosed, 2008 showed the highest number of additional records, with almost 95 million. Though 2011 is not the highest in terms of incidents, it is now the leader for records disclosed thus far...

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Universities Account for a Higher Number of Breaches

August 29, 2011 Added by:Kurt Aubuchon

Hospitals are 48 times more likely to show up as breach victims than would be predicted if breaches were distributed evenly among all US firms. Colleges and universities turn up in breach reports about 357 times more often than if distributed evenly. That is a staggering number....

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Bandwidth Usage Statistics for Q4 2010

January 26, 2011 Added by:Simon Heron

A lot of business time and bandwidth is being taken up. With data leaks being such a concern, it is probably time companies create policies to address usage and find ways of enforcing them, as these figures suggest this is not being done at the moment...

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What Security Issues Should You Worry About?

December 02, 2010 Added by:Robert Siciliano

For many of the issues we worry about the chances of them happening might be 1 in a 100,000 or 1 in 10 million. Your chances of something bad happening may equate to the same statistics as winning the lottery, which is very slim, but you still might play the number...

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Why imperical data is important...

December 16, 2009 Added by:Jason Remillard

One big thing that is missing from this industry is empirical trend data that supports the TRUE risks and costs associated with hacking and malware infections. To date, we've written quite alot about customer-specific impacts when they are infected...  The 'results' run the gambit of 1000's of dollars of losses over time, loss of SEO rank, customer reputation, etc.  However, one part tha...

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