Just Another Data Theft
Just another data theft? The news on Jan. 18 that retailer TJX Companies fell victim to a security breach that could involve millions of customers' credit information didn't exactly shake up the world.Just another data theft? The news on Jan. 18 that retailer TJX Companies fell victim to a security breach that could involve millions of customers credit information didnt exactly shake up the world. Wall Street barely noticed, as the $13 billion companys stock price was down just 9 cents as of this writing. News reports quoted financial analysts brushing off the break-in as a "one-time" issue. Other experts are taking what amounts to a get-over-it attitude, saying that these types of attacks are going to happen and that consumers and businesses need to be smart about security and take every precaution, from technology solutions to behavioral modification.
Yet, ultimately, that is not enough. The online security business is changing right under everyones noses. Signature-based anti-virus products, which we have relied on for so long, are pretty much obsolete in this time of the zero-day attacks, writes Senior Editor Ryan Naraine starting on Page 16 this week. A combination of anti-malware, spyware, spam and rootkit software, along with anti-virus software plus 24/7 surveillance, is barely keeping us above water.