In years past, device functionality was enough to sell most embedded products without much concern for cybersecurity. Of course there were exceptions, such as in critical infrastructure, aviation, and military, for which security was always of importance. But today’s environment has evolved on several fronts. First, organizations across nearly all markets are demanding Internet connectivity to monitor and control devices as well as to aggregate and analyze data. Second, the magnitude of security threats has exploded, driven by highly sophisticated hackers including organized criminal gangs seeking financial returns, creating a constantly evolving threat landscape. Third, the increasingly complex nature of connected systems makes them ever more challenging to protect. The more complex a system, the more potential vulnerabilities it may contain. And fourth, the data generated by connected devices represent an asset that is becoming increasingly valuable for organizations to derive insigh
With an estimated 500,000 'Internet of Things' devices using default security credentials it's little wonder that the recent Mirai botnet's DDoS attack was able to cause such widespread disruption. But it isn't just the average home-user that's at risk. Organizations like yours are being targeted with bespoke malware in order to compromise your network and add your servers and devices to malicious botnets.
This paper explains why these attacks are so successful, how a typical infection takes place and what security systems your organization should have in place to defend against botnet proliferation.
Stopping inappropriate data access. This turnkey solution safeguards servers - where business data is stored and accessed - with a combination of software and managed security services that automate critical areas of security oversight. By monitoring and tracking system access, the solution is effective at enforcing security policies.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is expanding in a dramatic way, bringing to question the issue of availability versus security, as security measures are having a difficult time keeping pace with the development of IoT devices. The introduction of more efficient semiconductors, coupled with revolutionary technology that allows semiconductors to store as well as process complex instructions, means that the IoT may be a more attractive target for hackers. IoT devices from healthcare and industrial systems (i.e., SCADA) could be the most at risk for significant service interruptions and may have secondary and/or tertiary effects on other industries.
Adversaries spend 100 percent of their time finding weak links and using them to their advantage. And as the Internet of Things accelerates and our dependence on the connected environment continues to expand, so do opportunities for attackers.
Download the Cisco 2014 Midyear Security Report to learn about the different types of vulnerabilities that exist in the systems we rely upon, including the Internet itself, and what can be done to reduce their number and impact.
Protecting desktop and server, or host systems has rapidly become a high priority for organizations that want to ensure uptime and the availability of day-to-day business applications. Today's hybrid threats are growing faster, more complex and more destructive.
Spyware is but the latest in a long list of Internet threats facing individuals and organizations alike. While it may sound relatively innocuous, spyware is the culmination of years of hacking development by cyber criminals. Spyware does more than just spy; it records and reports back specific information about the computer it infects.
Voice over Internet Protocol (Voice over IP or VoIP) allows users to make phone calls over the Internet, or any other IP network, using the packet switched network as a transmission medium rather than the traditional circuit transmissions of the PSTN. As the technology has become more reliable in recent years, companies have been moving to VoIP for a number of reasons.
Viruses have been on the attack for more than 20 years, and the cost of dealing with them is escalating. Too many malcode (malicious code) attacks by viruses, worms, Trojans and the like are breaking through today's most prevalent system defenses: Antivirus (AV) programs. This whitepaper will discuss the full impact of virus disasters and what historically has been done to combat the problem.
Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS) are rapidly becoming an integral part of an effective network defense solution. Unfortunately, finding the truth in today's often overhyped market of network-based IPS offerings is no easy task.
Mobile and remote workers of all types need high-quality connections to the Internet and to their corporate networks. They need connections from branch offices, homes, airports, hotels and other locations around the world. This truly becomes a security challenge as network managers scramble to meet these needs.
The Internet and email have stimulated huge productivity gains for employees. Workers quickly and easily access volumes of research on the Web and correspond with a mouse click. Unfortunately, businesses taking advantage of these tools are increasingly faced with daily onslaughts of spam and unwanted Web traffic.
Use of instant messaging applications-like AOL Instant Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, MSN Messenger and ICQ-and peer-to-peer applications has grown significantly. Although the benefits of real-time communication offer a productivity benefit to corporate environments, instant messaging and peer-to-peer applications add significant vulnerabilities and risks to an enterprise's security posture.
Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) represents the third wave of Internet usage after SMTP (email) and HTTP (Web). Download this free guide now and learn why all firewalls will need to be SIP capable in order to support the wide-scale deployment of enterprise person-to-person communications.
Learn about how the internet has changed over the past year and see how these major changes have affected security protocols and how your organization should respond to keep current in a world that is run by the Internet.
Security is a growing concern in our increasingly connected Internet of Things. Everything that is connected is potentially subject to malicious and criminal attack. Learn how to incorporate security analysis and development techniques to build secure smarter systems.