As Internal Threats Rise, Investors Back New Security Tech


On February 3, 2011, a little over two years before Edward Snowden would board his plane to Hong Kong and change history, a 37-year-old man named Jason Cornish fired what may have been the first shot in one of the new fronts of the battle for enterprise security.

An information technology employee at Shionogi, the US subsidiary of a Japanese pharmaceutical firm, Cornish woke up that icy February morning, went to his local McDonald’s and deleted 15 virtual hosts on Shionogi’s network, housing the equivalent of 88 different computer servers.

Shionogi lost its email and Blackberry servers, its order tracking system, and its financial management software, according to an FBI report.

Cornish accessed the network via a software program he had secretly installed and used his familiarity with the company’s network to select each of the virtual servers he wanted to delete. The FBI estimated that attack cost the…

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