there's more concurrent criminal activity out there facing companies than ever before. It's more tumultuous and there's more diversity in the threats they face.
Is the NSA snooping or harvesting intell? I think the latter.
According to Mr. Sartin of Verizon security, cyber-espionage -stealing intellectual property or other types of information -accounts for about 20% percent of the cases. Insider jobs, though few in number, wield a big blow to companies by stealing a large data set. Mr. Sartin's group helps to produce the annual Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR). I'm pretty sure I'll never read it page for page, but I did find the interview a good overview of what security issues exist and are being investigated by private companies such as Verizon.
Mike Rogers, Michigan's 8th district US House of Representatives congressional representative and chair of the House Intelligence Committee, says the NSA surveillance program isn't the scandal we think it is.
Mr. Sartin eloquently describes the need to collect knowledge on each RISK mission. This knowledge becomes helpful when evaluating other cyber-espionage and hacker cases. Mr. Rogers reports the legislation has "been authorized by large bipartisan majorities in Congress and are regularly reviewed by the House and Senate Intelligence committees. The effectiveness of these programs is without question. Both have produced vital intelligence that has prevented dozens of terrorist attacks within the U.S. and around the world."
If you want to learn more of the details from the Network World interview with Mr. Sartin and the Rep. Mike Rogers weekly report you will find my sources at the links below.
NSA surveillance isn't the scandal you think it is - Rep. Mike Rogers, Washington, DC, June 2013
View from inside Verizon's security team - Network World, Jun 3, 2013