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TJX and Heartland hacker sentence strong deterrent says CTO of Imperva

(PresseBox) (London, ) Albert Gonzalez the hacker who masterminded the breaches at TJX where 11.2 million payment card details alone were stolen has been sentenced to 20 years in jail for the part he played in organizing one of the largest theft of payment card numbers in history. Gonzalez will be sentenced for his involvement in breaches at Heartland Payment Systems today, Heartland Payment Systems was the largest data breach worldwide in 2009 with 130 million payment card details stolen.

Amichai Shulman, CTO of Imperva said, "The lesson to draw from today's sentencing is simple: enterprises are fighting today's cyber war with yesterday's technology. Hackers continue to put up a persistent and very real threat to enterprise systems. The current data security spend is focused on enterprise networks, yet the Gonzalez attacks took distinct advantage of weaknesses in the database and applications. And this is an industrywide problem." said Amichai Shulman, CTO of Imperva.

"In 2009, the top ten data breaches[] reveal an interesting fact few have noticed 74% of lost data came from database breaches, 19% from application breaches and 7% from network breaches. Yet, more than 90% of 2009's $16B in security spend was on network security. This disconnect needs to be remedied", Shulman continued.

"Today's sentencing will hopefully act as a deterrent to cyber crime in the US. However, the threat to enterprises from hackers like Gonzalez remains persistent. Unfortunately, most companies are not prepared, fighting today's cyber war with yesterday's technology" he said.

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