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In Search of an Rx for Enterprise Security Fatigue

Are you exhausted by the vast number of measures your organization needs to keep its systems and data safe ? You’re not alone.

The last thing any company stakeholder wants is to be in the headline of a news story about a security breach . Not only does it do irreparable damage to your reputation, but it could also have a huge monetary impact on both revenue and the overall value of your company . Just ask Yahoo, which, after reports of being hit by two major data breaches last year, had to settle for a $350 million price cut in its sale to Verizon1. In 2016 alone, 1,093 US companies and agencies were breached, a 40% increase from 2015, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center2 . Cyberthreats will continue to expand, whether ransomware, phishing, or a full system takeover . But while cybercrime continues to rise, so does the number of companies and point solutions attempting to keep your system safe .

All of these factors are causing security spending to go up, increasing from $68.2 billion in 2015 to $73.7 billion in 2016 . Herein lies the problem. Enterprises are now receiving so much noise from so many point solutions that it’s become incredibly difficult to discern the false positives from actionable information . In today’s environment, that’s exhausting for the security practitioners and can cause them to become apathetic and disillusioned in trying to support too many disparate data sources . In other words, the lack of a solid strategy can lead to security fatigue . This can manifest in the operations environment wherein important alerts are ignored . The objective for a security team is to build programs that deliver actionable intelligence .

That doesn’t necessarily mean security teams need to build an empire. The security fatigue phenomenon affects consumers and enterprises alike . According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology3 (NIST), security fatigue is also causing consumers to make poor security decisions, such as reusing the same password across all online accounts . But what enterprises can glean from this report is NIST’s suggestions to combat security fatigue, including limiting the number of security decisions that users need to make; making it simple for users to choose the right security action; and designing for consistent decision making whenever possible. But up until a few years ago, many enterprise networks in Fortune 500 companies didn’t have the ability to identify a compromised network or subnet in a timely manner .

Now, the sheer amount of security measures used to detect a network compromise can create this fatigue . Without knowing what to pay attention to, identifying an inside threat is like trying to find a needle in a haystack. There are two methods to find that needle . The first is to burn the entire haystack and make it so that the only thing left is the needle itself . The second is to correlate the data and identify the needle expeditiously . The average dwell time before identifying a network breach is approximately 200 days; however, with the proper tools it should take only a matter of hours or a few days, depending on the sophistication of the attack.

To identify the correct path, the security team needs to correlate data in a meaningful, actionable way and present the right information to executives and C-suites, such as log files, metadata, and vulnerabilities . Instead of throwing money at a new security service, this allows C-suites and executives to ask the right questions and figure out if new offerings are relevant to their own security program, and how well it will be integrated with their data feeds. Together, the C-suite and security team should be asking how their security program can determine if someone made it through their security defenses . Breaches are usually found and reported through third-party sources and not the company itself . If security team members are asked these questions and they’re left with a blank look on their faces, there are holes in the security program.

In 2013, hackers stole up to 40 million credit and debit card accounts in the now infamous Target breach4 . After the company’s forensic team went in, it also realized that up to 70 million customer names, emails, and phone numbers were stolen . Their ability to go in and find new vulnerabilities after the fact shows that the information was there the whole time, but they may not have been correlating the data/logs to make them useful and actionable. Some industries do a better job with security than others, but ultimately most enterprise environments should improve their ability to correlate security data in real-time to get actionable insights and have situational awareness . Correlating data means taking a look at everything from logs to metadata to find abnormalities and quickly catch potential breaches.

Security fatigue has taken its toll on industries and enterprises, but it’s time to create a plan to corral security software and investments and create an environment that will properly protect the crown jewels . If breaches keep slipping through the cracks and customer and company data continues to be stolen, the role of chief security officer could leapfrog the chief information officer in the reporting structure . But in the end, it falls on the company as a whole, and it is time for everyone to start finding the needles in the haystack before everything gets burned down needles and all.

Rick has more than 20 years of deep information security experience . Prior to joining Code42, Rick was VP and chief information security officer at eBay, led and built a variety of global security programs at Apple, and directed global security at Lam Research .

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Security Officer, Full Time, Immediate Start (HR039)

Security Officer, Full Time, Immediate Start (HR039)

Security Officer required for a minimum of 40 rostered hours per week covering several aviation sites in and around Dyce, Aberdeen. The successful applicant will receive an hourly wage ranging from 7.95 to 9.25 plus additional benefits. What we offer:

  • Full uniform & PPE provided
  • Comprehensive training
  • First Aid training given
  • Pension scheme
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Healthcare plan
  • Loyalty awards scheme
  • Quarterly awards scheme
  • Retention bonus*
  • Recommend a friend scheme ( 100 for 6 months successful probation and a further 100 at 12 months)

We believe if we look after you, you will look after our customers, so to prove this, we offer a retention bonus of 100 after 6 months successful probation and a further 100 at 12 months.

About your new role: As a security officer covering various aviation sites in Aberdeen and surrounding areas, your primary duties will include, but will not be limited to:

  • Passenger body and bag searching
  • Ramp duties
  • Answering incoming calls and internal calls
  • Conducting regular internal and external patrols
  • Checking CCTV
  • Access control
  • Responding to and recording all incidents in the Daily Occurrence Book
  • Regular report writing
  • Completing the required security checks
  • Providing assistance and support to our client on site
  • Protecting valuable property and equipment
  • Provide customer service to all visitors and contractors on site

Skills & Requirements: To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • 5 years checkable employment history
  • Frontline SIA Licence
  • Full, valid driver s licence, own transport and scope to travel
  • Flexibility to work days, nights, weekends and at short notice
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English

Desirable skills:

  • Industry experience
  • First aid

Dardan security are ranked in the top 5% of all security providers in the UK. To join our expanding team please apply now.

Dardan Security are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity. Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are unable to respond to each applicant individually. If you have not heard from us within 10 working days unfortunately on this occasion your application has been unsuccessful.

Dardan Security reserves the right to close the job prior to the published end date should a suitable applicant be found

Job Type: Full-time

Required licence or certification:

  • SIA

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Due to our continued expansion, SECURITY KEYHOLDING now has the following FULL TIME job vacancy starting in MAY 2017. MOBILE PATROL / ALARM RESPONSE OFFICER FULL TIME 48 HOURS PER WEEK (4 SHIFTS ON 4 SHIFTS OFF)


Based from our offices in CHARLTON, LONDON, SE7. Successful applicants will be responsible for the day to day patrolling of our customer’s sites, opening up and/or locking down their premises and responding to alarm activations – for which full training and supervision will be given. THIS IS A FULL TIME DRIVING POSITION. Applicants must have a good knowledge of London and have the ability to work alone or as part of a small team. Good time keeping and a flexible approach to changing workloads is essential and a working knowledge of alarm systems would be an advantage. ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS

  • YOU MUST be a UK or EU Citizen with EXCELLENT WRITTEN AND ORAL COMMUNICATION SKILLS. Non-UK or EU Citizen MUST have a valid work permit, Visa or accession state worker registration card, within the timescales required.
  • Live within a reasonable travelling distance to SE7.
  • Have held a FULL, UK car driving licence for at least 18 months.
  • Have no more than 6 penalty points on your driving licence.
  • Be aged 25 years or older (for vehicle insurance purposes).
  • Be in good health, physically fit and of smart appearance.

ONLY IF YOU MEET ALL OF THE ABOVE REQUIREMENTS E-mail your CV to us for a quick response. PLEASE NOTE: due to the high number of expected applicants, you will only be contacted and offered an interview if you meet all of the above requirements.


Job Type: Full-time

Salary: 9.40 /hour

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