October 02, 2018

Security’s Bane: The False Positive

1 min. read

Nothing makes security look worse than the false negative – when we miss an attack and damage is suffered. As security professionals, it’s something we all obsess a lot about. However, the number two thing that makes us look bad is the false positive.

We experience this all the time in the physical world. A few months ago, I went to buy a new stove. My credit card was declined because of the large purchase amount. When I got on the phone with the bank’s fraud department, I was unable to “prove” I was who I said I was, which resulted in me having to visit one of their branches to verify myself. I no longer use this bank’s services. Too bad, since I’d been a customer for decades, but if the card won’t work when I need it to, why bother? And this is security’s bane: the false positive that is so frustrating, it drives a loyal customer away.

Read the full article published August 13, 2018 here: by Help Net Security.

Join the Discussion


Expertly picked stories on threat intelligence

Hundreds of apps will be attacked by the time you read this.

So, we get to work. We obsess over effective attack methods. We monitor the growth of IoT and its evolving threats. We dive deep into the latest crypto-mining campaigns. We analyze banking Trojan targets. We dissect exploits. We hunt for the latest malware. And then our team of experts share it all with you. For more than 20 years, F5 has been leading the app delivery space. With our experience, we are passionate about educating the security community-providing the intel you need to stay informed so your apps can stay safe.


9 hrs

a critical vulnerability—with the potential for remote code execution—is released.