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November 29, 2012

Varonis Warns Organizations Against Salami Attacks in the Coming Year

In today’s cyber world, the amount of information people put out on the Web makes them more vulnerable for attacks than ever. The warning from Varonis points to Salami Attacks, and if you have never heard of it before you are not alone. Basically, a salami attack aggregates tidbits of information across many different sources to compile a complete picture of a person or an organization.

The salami technique points outs the value of information no matter how irrelevant it may seem to you at the time. People that commit this type of attack look for information on a company’s website, social media site, advertisement, media report, trash, firsthand account and stolen items. What makes it so dangerous is the sum of all the parts can divulge contact information such as telephone numbers and addresses, company operations, appointments and other sensitive information.

This type of attack takes a long time and it may be weeks, months and possibly a year or more before the necessary information is gathered for the larger or secondary attack.

The CEO and co-founder of Varonis explained this type of attack by saying, it is  "A bit like a sandwich is pieced together one ingredient a time, we believe that the vast expanse of information about employees and business partners poses a new and very real threat to organizations. All the individual scraps of information about an individual online can be researched and pieced together to create a complete picture -- who they are, where they work, which school they attended. It's all there waiting to be plundered and the primary thing that saves most people is nobody is looking for them. But what if someone were? "

Varonis provides solutions for organizations by creating unstructured and semi-structured data governance software. It gives companies complete control over their information by protecting it from unwanted intruders and only allowing access to the right users with the right data. It provides a secure platform for digital collaboration across different devices and systems. It has more than 4,500 installations around the world with regional offices in Asia, Europe and Latin America.

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