Physical and cyber threats collide in data theft incidents at N.J. businesses

Joel Griffin reports:

For years, cybersecurity experts have warned about the lengths that criminals will go to in gaining access to the network of their intended victim, including exploiting flaws in an organization’s physical security program to achieve their goals. Some security practitioners brushed aside these concerns convinced that these so-called “hackers,” often portrayed as socially awkward misfits in movies and television shows, lacked the skills required to bypass not only access control, video surveillance and other technology systems at their disposal but also the combination of  guards and an attentive workforce.

However, the comfort that CSOs and other security professionals had in the ability of technology and people to stop these network intrusions is now lacking following the arrest of a New Jersey man who recently admitted to trespassing on the premises of two businesses in order to break into their computers and steal data.

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