Guest Editorial by Bal Heroor, CEO and Principal at Mactores
Picture the scene. It’s 11:00 P.M. and an urgent board meeting has just been called for a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Manhattan.
Board members arrive and are ushered into the board room where a palpable sense of dread begins to take hold over what could be the cause of this urgent late-night meeting.
As a helicopter begins to land on the building’s rooftop, the company’s CEO, CFO, CMO, and CIO arrive at the board room and take their seats.
The silence is broken by the CEO as he asks everyone to read a piece of paper in front of them before the discussions begin.
The paper reads, “Credit Nine share prices hit the lowest point after approximately 400 market days. Share prices fall -10.8% and will underperform the NASDAQ by -8.5%.”
As the reality of this begins to sink in, discussions erupt as everyone tries to understand the reasons behind this sudden shock to the company’s value. The CEO asks the CISO to take the chair and explain the situation to everyone.
Her words strike like a bolt out of the blue – a major data breach has struck the company.
While the above scenario might seem like a scene out of a movie, this is the reality for companies who fall victim to a data security breach. The results can have a dire effect on not just a company’s value, but also its brand image and reputation.
How do data breaches like this happen and what can organizations do to better protect themselves?
The costs of a data breach
According to IBM’s 2022 Cost of a Data Breach Report, the average cost of a data breach worldwide was $4.35 million.
In the U.S., it was more than double that: $9.44 million, the highest of any country in the world.
(In September of 2027, credit-reporting company Equifax disclosed that they had experienced a major data breach, affecting up to 143 million people, joining Yahoo, Myspace, Target, LinkedIn, and more on the list of largest data breaches in history. Courtesy of CNN Business and YouTube. Posted on Sep 7, 2017.)
Moreover, it takes an average of 207 days for an organization to identify a breach and a further 70 days to contain it.
Put another way, this means that if a breach occurred on January 1, it would take until October 4 of that year before it was identified and fully contained.
In all that time, the targeted company can suffer significant consequences, which include:
Data breaches can result in significant revenue losses due to work disruptions, system downtime, and lost customers. According to IBM’s report, the average revenue loss from a data breach was $1.42 million in 2022.
Loss of trust
Customers share a lot of sensitive information with the businesses they work with. When a data breach compromises that information, it can take years for an organization to recover from the loss of trust.
Loss of intellectual property
While hackers usually target banking information, they can also go after an organization’s trade secrets, blueprints, and other sensitive intellectual property.
It is believed that a significant proportion of data breaches are committed by state-backed hackers, often with the goal of extortion or other corporate espionage.
The surface-level costs of a data breach are just the beginning. There are also hidden costs in the form of legal fees, public relations expenditures to mitigate reputational damage, and regulatory fines.
In one example, Equifax agreed to pay $575 million in a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission for a data breach involving the personal and financial information of nearly 150 million people.
(Millions of Americans were eligible for free credit monitoring or $125 due to a settlement with Equifax. Courtesy of ABC Action News and YouTube. Posted on Jul 26, 2019.)
Some hackers are not out to steal anything. Instead, they simply wish to sow chaos by changing or adding content, often vulgar, to a major organization’s website. This might seem relatively harmless, but it can still do a lot of damage to an organization’s reputation.
Data security and big data
The average data breach can take only a few minutes to execute, less time than it takes to change your password.
Therefore, it’s in every organization’s best interests to place a high priority on securing its data.
Unfortunately, maintaining that security becomes a challenge when data security meets big data. Today, companies typically deploy static role-based access control (RBAC) policies that restrict user access to certain data based on the role of the user.
For example, a hospital may have an RBAC policy in which doctors can view and update every section of an electronic health record (EHR), whereas nurses can only modify particular sections but not others.
It’s a secure system but it requires a lot of back-office work in which access permissions need to be assigned and approved.
We have found that growing organizations that are increasingly relying on Machine Learning, AI, and advanced big data analytics have particularly intense challenges in maintaining data security.
These advanced tools provide these companies with more accurate decision-making in a competitive marketplace.
However, these companies need data to get the most out of these analytic tools, but access to that data is hindered by an organization’s RBAC policy.
On the other hand, any loosening of the RBAC policy can create security vulnerabilities that may result in a data breach.
The obvious question this conundrum raises is this: How can an organization be more agile with its data yet still be extremely secure?
Achieving data agility while still maintaining security
Answering the above question may require a radical rethink on the use of RBAC policies, which are far from being the only game in town. For instance, attribute-based access control (ABAC) and policy-based access control (PBAC) provide two viable alternatives to data control that are well worth considering.
Unlike more static forms of data control, ABAC relies on a combination of attributes to match users with the data they need to do a job. These attributes can be based on user demographics such as name, job title, and security clearance, or environmental specifics such as the time of day, location of access, and threat levels.
By basing access control on easily adjustable attributes rather than roles, ABAC provides a far more flexible approach to data control while still keeping a tight lid on security.
Similarly, PBAC provides a more flexible approach to access control based on certain policies and procedures.
Both ABAC and PBAC are essentially interchangeable in how access control is based on changeable attributes, though PBAC is a little less IT intensive in the resources and time it requires to set up. By embracing an ABAC or PBAC model, organizations can maintain their data security while also allowing for more data agility to power their use of big data analytics.
Every organization wishes to stay ahead of the game and remain competitive. However, in their efforts to achieve that, many organizations put their customers, employees, and partners’ data at risk.
Fortunately, there are modern data security policies that can allow a company to remain competitive while still safeguarding its sensitive data.
No data security policy is ever a perfect one, but with an ABAC or PBAC policy, companies can continue to grow and digitize without worrying unduly about any data vulnerabilities that their growth might be creating.
About the Author
Bal Heroor, CEO and Principal at Mactores, has led over 150 business transformations driven by analytics and cutting-edge technology. His team at Mactores are researching and building AI, AR/VR, and Quantum computing solutions for business to gain a competitive advantage.
CyberArk Identity Security Platform Takes Platinum in 2022 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program
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The CyberArk Identity Security platform is centered on privileged access management and offers the most complete and flexible set of least privilege-based identity and access capabilities, and is used to protect agencies across all three branches of the U.S. federal government – including multiple Department of Defense deployments
The CyberArk Identity Security platform is centered on privileged access management and offers the most complete and flexible set of least privilege-based identity and access capabilities, and is used to protect agencies across all three branches of the U.S. federal government – including multiple DoD deployments.
CyberArk delivers a comprehensive privileged access management solution designed to eliminate advanced cyber threats by identifying existing privileged accounts across networks, then proactively managing, monitoring, and protecting those accounts to reduce risk and improve security and compliance.
CyberArk continuously scans and monitors environments to discover and manage privileged credentials, isolates those credentials, so they are never exposed to an end-user, isolates privileged sessions to safeguard critical systems, and automatically records and stores those sessions to enhance audit capabilities.
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- *CyberArk was also recognized as a 2021, 2020, 2019, and 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Champion in the Annual Homeland Security Awards Programs, respectively.
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