Even Security Firms at Risk for Break-Ins

Monday, 17 February 2003, 1:17 PM EST

On Jan. 20, the security engineers at Addamark Technologies noticed the problem immediately: Someone had accessed a confidential, password-protected document on the company's Web server that contained technical product details.

After studying the traffic logs more carefully, San Francisco-based Addamark officials discovered it was no random hack. The intrusion had come from a competitor, ArcSight Inc.

While versions of the incident differ, one thing is clear: The reliance on firewalls and intrusion detection alone protects few, even companies in the business of security.

In fact, had Addamark not assigned someone to comb through the logs, experts predicted, the company may never have detected the intrusion.

Addamark officials determined that only six people outside the company had legitimate access to the password for the particular file. That left no doubt that the person who accessed it did so with a valid user ID and password.

"We knew they had to have a password and ID," said Adam Frankl, vice president of marketing at Addamark, a provider of log management software.

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