Stolen credentials most common way cyber criminals gain access

Wednesday - 7/28/2010, 5:29pm EDT

Commerce Senior Advisor Marc Berejka talks with Federal Security Spotlight host Tom Temin

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  • Commerce Secretary Gary Locke established the Internet Policy Task Force to make sure that innovation on the Internet can continue, and that commerce via the Internet to grow. Among the initiatives to protect innovation and growth is cybersecurity. One of the co-leaders of the Task Force is Commerce Senior Advisor Marc Berejka, a former telecommunications attorney and Microsoft executive. He's this week's guest on Federal Security Spotlight and we bring you a sneak peak of the show today. (Listen to the full show tomorrow at 10 a.m.)

  • The Secret Service and Verizon teamed up to create the most comprehensive data breach investigation report to date. And the results were surprising. Despite an overall decline in data breaches from last year, the report says there was a large increase in the number of insider threats. The most common way cybercriminals were able to gain access into organizations? Stolen credentials. The study points out that most of the breaches would have been avoidable if security basics had been followed. It also says agencies are still sluggish in detecting and responding to cyber attacks.

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