Following the news that the sensitive personal and financial details of nearly 2.2 million Dow Jones & Co. customers were inadvertently exposed due to a configuration error on a cloud storage server, Christiaan Beek, Lead Scientist and Principal Engineer at McAfee commented below.
Christiaan Beek, Lead Scientist and Principal Engineer at McAfee:
“Companies today are battling an increasingly varied threat landscape while managing huge amounts of data. It can be a challenge to keep close track of where this data resides to ensure it is secure – and in this case, one small error in the cloud resulted in a large scale exposure. The reality is that as companies become more focussed on preventing cybercrime, they may be unconsciously shooting themselves in the foot in their efforts to be completely secure. It is not unusual for businesses to have over 10 security tools that require constant monitoring in order to ensure everything is correct – meaning that unfortunately, human error becomes a key factor in monitoring and safeguarding data.
“Companies need to focus on building a fully integrated security system with automated monitoring in place to ensure that they constantly aware of what is happening on their networks. Finding the right combination of people, process and technology is the key to effectively protecting the organisation’s data, detecting any threats and, when targeted, having the capability to rapidly correct affected systems.”