Major Information Security Incident

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Identify a major information security incident that has occurred in the recent past (within the last five years). If possible, identify a breach that occurred in, or otherwise impacted, the Middle East. Review and analyze your chosen incident along the following dimensions:

  • What went wrong?
  • Why did it occur?
  • Who was responsible?
  • How could it have been prevented?
  • What advice would you offer to prevent such an incident from occurring in the future?
  • Your critical evaluation should be four to five pages in length, not including the title or reference pages.
  • You must include a minimum of two credible sources to support your evaluation.
Your paper must follow the APA style guidelines, as appropriate.

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School: New York University



Major Information Security Incident
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With time, the security of information at individual, organizational, national and
international levels has depreciated to become very critical. Many issues have led to this
deterioration in security information but the highest contributor is cyber-crime. The committing
of these crimes has time and again put information in the hands of wrong people with malicious
intentions. The main perpetrators are hackers that specialize in computer technology but end up
using their gained knowledge for the wrong purposes due to various reasons such as the lack of
jobs to uptake them after they are through with their studies which leave them as idle minds that
eventually foster evil. The rate at which cyber-attacks occur has greatly increased and is
becoming detrimental as the wave takes to international levels where attacks have been launched
and spread through the world leaving behind a trail of devastation.
Security Incident
An attack on Saudi Arabia brought back the memories of the Shamoon wiper that
occurred in 2012 and was a cyber-attack that targeted the Saudi energy sector with companies
such as Saudi Aramco taking a big hit. The attack is remembered as the worst attack but the
previously experienced one was an improvement of the first which left the country devastated.
The attack back in 2012 wiped the data from over thirty thousand computers and replaced it with
a burning American flag. The attack was first detected by Kaspersky in their line of research.
After this, the country experienced a period of peace without any serious attacks until last year
when specialist foresaw the coming of yet another series of...

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