FireEye’s Mandiant Hack Comment: “Nobody Has Full Proof Defences”

By   ISBuzz Team
Writer , Information Security Buzz | Aug 02, 2017 03:00 am PST

In response to news that Mandiant Security has been the latest to bear victim of a public hack and the target of a #LeakTheAnalyst campaign launched by hackers, Matt Walmsley, EMEA Director at Vectra commented below.

Matt Walmsley, EMEA Director at Vectra:

“The hack of Mandiant is a stark reminder that anyone can be the target of a data breach – it just takes the persistent application of skill and resource.”

“The brand reputation of FireEye has taken quite a hit, as the hackers ballsey message demonstrating how businesses can be embarrassed and damaged by a successful hack”

“With hackers boasting to have had persistent access since 2016, it goes to show that nobody has full proof defences. Organisations need a fundamental change in their security mindset to a default expectation of ‘we’re already compromised’ so that they are equipped to detect as well as deal with breaches quickly. By implementing automated threat hunting using AI, companies can quickly discover when a rogue third party has breached the network. Preventing unwanted parties from operating within the network with impunity, waiting for the right time to strike, should be first port of call.

“With sensitive information being compromised and the GDPR on its way, organisations can’t afford to sit back. It was only in March that FireEye released a report suggesting that organisations are still spending a median of 99 days to identify an attack active inside their systems, with almost half of those attacks being discovered via external notification. This latest hack comes as a chilling reminder to all organisations that no defence is 100 per cent bulletproof. Detection, response, and learning are vital components to any agile and robust security capability.”

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