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Posted by Rick Holland on March 14, 2014
Yesterday, Bloomberg Businessweek ran a story providing some alarming details on the Target breach. The article, “Missed Alarms and 40 Million Stolen Credit Card Numbers: How Target Blew It,” didn’t paint a pretty picture of Target’s response.
Some of the highlights in case you haven't read it yet:
Vendors who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. It didn't take long; I've already started hearing FireEye competitors speaking out against their competitor's role in the Target breach. As I mentioned above, this wasn't a technology failure: FireEye detected the malware. This was a people/process/oversight failure. In some respects, this reminds me of Bit9's "operational oversight" breach. I blogged about this last year and made the comment that Bit9's operational oversight, was an operational reality for most organizations out there. So if you are a FireEye competitor with a similar technology that would be deployed in the same manner, chances are your technology would've suffered from the same operational oversight. Furthermore, as an analyst, I'm not encouraged when I hear competitors demeaning other vendors. I don't want to hear trash talking; you're not wrestlers, and this isn't the WWE. Talk to me about how you differentiate; don't chase your competition, disrupt the entire space with a new novel approach.
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