Our Take: 2016 Security Trends

As a cloud solutions integrator, we are laser-focused on security. The Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) by Verizon is our favorite, single piece of research for keeping up-to-date. 2016 marks their 9th yearly edition and it is the largest DBIR ever. It examines over 100,000 incidents, including 2,260 confirmed data breaches across 82 countries. 67 contributing organizations provide data, including security service providers, law enforcement and government agencies.

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Our Take: Where to Start?

Here are the top three statistics from the report that we find the most critical for stakeholders to be aware of:

  1. Hacker Motive: It’s about the money. 80% of beaches had financial motive. Established and Fortune 1000 companies are targeted daily.
  2. Time to Discovery: In 93% of breaches attackers take minutes or less to compromise systems. Only 20% of breaches are discovered within days. 80% of breaches take weeks, months. 7% even take years or longer to discover. Why? Security teams are looking through complex, traditional log tools manually.
  3. Phishing: Humans are not firewalls. We are are the easiest target for point of intrusion to an IT environment. 30% of phishing emails are opened. 12% of targets ultimately click the link or attachment. With such a large infrastructure one weak entry point makes you vulnerable.


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All of the above are a summation of three main issues. First, CISOs are frozen. Cybersecurity strategies, skills, and technologies are complex. Second, there is an illusion of safety. Traditional SIEMs rely on an out-dated security rules framework. Third, the status quo is broken. Approaches are inflexible, narrow, and reactive.

Our Answer: Take Control with Real-Time Visibility

When a breach happens, organizations need a real-time, wide angle lens to get visibility immediately. The machine data platform Splunk can help.

So, How Credible is Splunk?

Great question. Gartner placed Splunk in the leaders quadrant and positioned Splunk furthest overall for “completeness of vision” for Security Information and Event Management (SIEM). Splunk received the highest scores for each use case in the Critical Capabilities: Basic Security Monitoring 4.2, Advanced Threat Detection 4.17 and Forensics and Incident Response 4.18 of 5.

Click Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for SIEM below to see the research findings.Magic Quadrant

Own your organization’s outcome. Embrace early detection, rapid response, and augment a culture committed to tearing down silos and teamwork. Start the journey here by incorporating analytics strategies and toolsets as soon as possible. Did the Executive Summary pique your interest to learn more? Get the 85 page Full 2016 Data Breach Investigations Report.


  • Gartner “Magic Quadrant for Security Information and Event Management” by Kelly M. Kavanagh, Oliver Rochford, Toby Bussa, August 10, 2016
  • Verizon (2016). Data Breach Investigations Report. Retrieved from: http://www.verizonenterprise.com/DBIR/2016/
  • Splunk. (2014, February 19). Splunk For Security Vs. SIEM [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/embed/h2_MiD9OC_8

Kinney Group Named to CRN 2016 Fast Growth 150

List Recognizes Thriving Solution Providers in the IT Channel

Indianapolis, Indiana, August 8, 2016 – Kinney Group, cloud solutions integrator, announced that it has been named to The Channel Company’s 2016 CRN® Fast Growth 150 (FG150) list. The list is CRN’s annual ranking of North America-based technology integrators, solution providers and IT consultants with gross sales of at least $1 million who have experienced significant economic growth over the past two years. The 2016 list is based on gains in gross revenue between 2013 and 2015, and the companies recognized represent a total, combined revenue of more than $25 billion. Kinney Group is ranked #56 on the list with an 86.18% growth rate.

“We are thrilled to have earned placement amongst great peers on the Fast Growth 150 list for the first time ever” said Jim Kinney, President and CEO of Kinney Group. “CRN’s recognition with the Fast Growth 150 and our placement on the Solution Provider 500 helps validate our outlook, that through proper execution, cloud based IT solutions offer a secure, optimized, and thoroughly modern experience for everyone involved. We look forward to further helping organizations rethink their IT in the cloud to transform business and mission potential.” Kinney Group was one of two Indianapolis-based companies to make the FG150 for 2016, with the other being Rook Security. “Ultimately this recognition is a side effect of us staying the course, which is all about using technology to solve true business problems for our customers to improve their lives with clear ROI. Our great partners and colleague continue to help us do just that,” said Kinney.

“The companies on our 2016 Fast Growth 150 list are growing at an incredible rate, establishing themselves as clear leaders in today’s IT channel,” said Robert Faletra, CEO of The Channel Company. “Their rapid expansion in a climate of economic uncertainty and unprecedented technological advancement is especially impressive. We congratulate each of the Fast Growth 150 honorees and look forward to their continued success.”

The Fast Growth 150 list is highlighted in the August issue of CRN and can be viewed online at http://crn.com/fastgrowth150.


About Kinney Group

Kinney Group is a cloud solutions integrator harnessing the power of IT in the cloud to improve lives. Automation is in Kinney Group’s DNA, enabling the company to integrate the most advanced security, analytics, and infrastructure technologies. We deliver an optimized solution powering IT-driven business processes in the cloud for federal agencies and Fortune 1000 companies. Learn more at www.kinneygroup.com

About the Channel Company

The Channel Company enables breakthrough IT channel performance with our dominant media, engaging events, expert consulting and education, and innovative marketing services and platforms. As the channel catalyst, we connect and empower technology suppliers, solution providers and end users. Backed by more than 30 years of unequaled channel experience, we draw from our deep knowledge to envision innovative new solutions for ever-evolving challenges in the technology marketplace. www.thechannelco.com