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How to Measure Anything in Cybersecurity Risk

By : Douglas W. Hubbard, Richard Seiersen
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How to Measure Anything in Cybersecurity Risk

By: Douglas W. Hubbard, Richard Seiersen

Overview of this book

How to Measure Anything in Cybersecurity Risk exposes the shortcomings of current “risk management” practices, and offers a series of improvement techniques that help you fill the holes and ramp up security. In his bestselling book How to Measure Anything, author Douglas W. Hubbard opened the business world’s eyes to the critical need for better measurement. This book expands upon that premise and draws from The Failure of Risk Management to sound the alarm in the cybersecurity realm. Some of the field’s premier risk management approaches actually create more risk than they mitigate, and questionable methods have been duplicated across industries and embedded in the products accepted as gospel. This book sheds light on these blatant risks and provides alternate techniques that can help improve your current situation. You’ll also learn which approaches are too risky to save and are actually more damaging than a total lack of any security. Dangerous risk management methods abound; there is no industry more critically in need of solutions than cybersecurity. This book provides solutions where they exist and advises when to change tracks entirely.
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About the Authors

Password Hacking

Anton Mobley, data scientist at GE Healthcare

Major breaches causing huge financial and brand damage have occurred in recent years. The attackers are varied, including hacktivists, nation-states, and cyber criminals. The targets and data types breached include Target and Home Depot (personal credit information), Anthem/Wellpoint (personal health information), the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, Booz Allen Hamilton and HBGary (military and intelligence information), and Ashley Madison and Adult Friend Finder (private information). Malware and phishing attacks are typically the focus of cybersecurity professionals, but these breaches pose a secondary risk to enterprises due to credential loss. The credential databases from these breaches often find themselves posted on hacker forums, TOR, and torrents.

Using the 2013 Adobe breach as a case study, enterprise exposure can be modeled as a function of enterprise size and password policy. In October 201311 Adobe announced...