Digital security has never taken on greater urgency. Today we live in a fundamentally connected ecosystem where we increasingly work, play, and indeed live most of our lives online. Whether we are enterprise users or endpoint consumers, our digital experiences are increasingly delivered to us on our connected devices - wherever we are, whenever we want them.
For InfoSec professionals, this interconnected ecosystem is wreaking havoc with the idea of "the perimeter." In fact, the perimeter as we know it no longer exits. The attack surface is always shifting and continues to disperse across a wider area. At the same time, attacks continue to grow in size and volume, and are increasingly targeted.
No longer can you secure the perimeter and trust that nothing will get in or out. What you need to deploy and manage is being redefined right before your eyes, with or without you. You need to take security to the edge.
Organizations must confront the reality that insider attacks are a significant threat and increasing in complexity. Given that so much of an organization's assets and information are online and accessible, organizations must take a proactive approach to defending against the insider attack. This proactive attack should involve a range of solutions that address identity and access management and information protection. Nothing can completely prevent all insider attacks, but those who adopt an aggressive proactive approach can help reduce risk, improve compliance, and enable the IT organization to better support business initiatives.
The Internet has proven to be a vital communications medium for worldwide commerce, but as an open and unprotected global network it can also present a wide range of threats that can cripple any business organization. Several years ago, most Internet threats were relatively benign examples of a young adolescent’s technical expertise but over time they have evolved into increasingly sophisticated domestic and foreign attacks that are designed to capture financial, personal, or strategic business information. Threats now come in the form of deliberately malicious acts, and exploitative opportunities for hackers and/or organized crime. The impact is serious, and the landscape of victims is getting broader every day. In response, no organization can afford to have its networks remain unprotected.
Published By: FireEye
Published Date: Mar 05, 2014
Never before have state and local governments been expected to do so much with so little. Even as budgets remain tight in a post-recession environment, tech-savvy citizens demand higher levels of service, they want to pay taxes by credit card, renew their driver's license online, and check traffic from their smartphone.
These responsibilities make cyber security critical for state agencies, municipalities, and public utilities. Governments possess residents' most sensitive information - including inviolable personal data such as Social Security numbers and birth certificates.
This white paper highlights:
Why traditional tools fail to detect advanced attacks;
Gaining a cohesive, correlated view of all major threat vectors;
How to leverage signature-less, real-time security that thwarts zero-Day attacks.
Published By: FireEye
Published Date: Mar 05, 2014
Today's cyber attacks have changed radically from just a few years ago. No longer are they the sole province of opportunistic crooks, online vandals and digitial ""hacktivists."" Today, advanced cyber attacks are the weapon of choice for organized criminal enterprises and nation-states.
This white paper highlights:
Why organizations need much more than fundamental security tools;
Strategies for dealing with advanced targeted attacks.
With every new data breach revealed or costly identity-theft case reported, confidence in data security and the protection of private identity information transactions — and overall trust — erodes. This loss of confidence in online services and reputation can have a direct impact on trust from end-users, customers, employees, partners, vendors and more.
With significant advances in criminal threats — both in sophistication and sheer frequency — all enterprises are urged to bolster defenses, authenticate digital identities and safeguard sensitive information.
Entrust offers five specific best practices — with emphasis on strong authentication, identity assurance, mobile enablement and general layered security — that can help protect against targeted attacks now and over the long term.
Protecting a business – including its information and intellectual property, physical infrastructure, employees, and reputation – has become increasingly difficult. Online threats come from all sides: internal leaks and external adversaries; domestic hacktivists and overseas cybercrime syndicates; targeted threats and mass attacks. And these threats run the gamut from targeted to indiscriminate to entirely accidental.
Like many security trends and frameworks, the early stages of adoption often involve inconsistent definitions, challenges with justification and management communication and an unknown path to implementation. In this white paper, we:
• Review the current threatscape and why it requires this new approach
• Offer a clarifying definition of what cyber threat Intelligence is
• Describe how to communicate its value to the business and
• Lay out some concrete initial steps toward implementing Intelligence-Led Security
Published By: Webroot
Published Date: Sep 18, 2013
Webroot conducted research on web security in the US and the UK. As remote users expand the security perimeter, the majority of companies reported significant effects in the form of increased help desk time, reduced employee productivity and disruption of business activities. The impacts of web-borne attacks are also more severe for companies with employees who have remote access to the corporate network or other corporate online resource via their laptops, tablets or smartphones.
• 90% of companies agree that managing the security of remote users is extremely challenging
• Twice as many companies with remote users reported Web-borne attacks by criminals, which compromised the security of customer data
• 50% of firms with remote users say web-borne attacks impacted company financials
Published By: Symantec
Published Date: Jan 11, 2013
Threats to online security have grown and evolved considerably in 2012. From the threats of cyberespionage and industrial espionage to the widespread, chronic problems of malware and phishing, we have seen constant innovation from malware authors.
Provide your users with visual cues that indicate your site is secure. Extended Validation SSL can facilitate online commerce by increasing visitor confidence and reducing the effectiveness of phishing attacks.
As online attacks become more frequent and easier to execute, organisations around the world are under increasing scrutiny to ensure all online transactions involving confidential data are secure. Companies who are serious about protecting their customers and their business reputation will implement Always On SSL that helps protect the entire user experience from start to finish, making it safer to search, share and shop online. Discover more about this best practice protection by downloading our new reference guide now.
Published By: Symantec
Published Date: Apr 02, 2015
Trust and consumer confidence is the foundation upon which the Internet has been built. Leading commerce and financial services companies worldwide have long used Secure Socket
Layer and Transport Layer Security (SSL/TLS) technologies to secure customer communications and transactions.
But with the rise of Web 2.0 and social networking, people are spending more time online and logged in, and they are communicating much more than just their credit card numbers. Unfortunately, Web security practices have not always kept pace with these changes. Many organizations use the SSL/TLS protocol to encrypt the authentication process when users log in to a website, but do not encrypt subsequent pages during the user’s session. This practice is risky because it leaves website visitors vulnerable to malicious online attacks, and can result in millions of users being unknowingly exposed to threats simply by visiting a trusted website.
This white paper discusses the imperative need for Always On S
Published By: GeoTrust
Published Date: Oct 06, 2014
Without trust, no website or online service can succeed in the competitive online marketplace. This year has seen a spate of breaches that have targeted the systems of Certificate Authorities (CAs), the companies that prove websites and services are secure and safe to use. Some of these attacks have undermined the trusting relationship between users and even well-known online brands. The changing security landscape has demonstrated not all CAs are the same, and choosing the right CA is critical to running and maintaining a safe and trusted online business. This white paper looks at the role of CAs in web security, including what measures a CA can take to promote trust in its certificates and the criteria to consider when choosing the best CA for the job.
Man-in-the-Middle attacks can defeat most kinds of multi-factor authentication, including OTP tokens. Financial institutions, brokerages, and other likely targets of MITM attacks should consider the ability of their countermeasures to defeat MITM attacks, as these types of attacks will continue.
Phishing is defined by the Financial Services Technology Consortium (FSTC) as a broadly launched social engineering attack in which an electronic identity is misrepresented in an attempt to trick individuals into revealing personal credentials that can be used fraudulently against them. In short, it’s online fraud to the highest degree.
Although it’s been around for years, phishing is still one of the most common and effective online scams. The schemes are varied, typically involving some combination of spoofed email (spam), malicious software (malware), and fake websites to harvest personal information from unwitting consumers. The explosive rise of mobile devices, mobile applications, and social media networks has given phishers new vectors to exploit, along with access to volumes of personal data that can be used in more targeted attacks or spear phishing. The fact that phishing attacks are still so common highlights their efficacy and reinforces the need to implement comprehensive phishing and response plans to protect organizations.
An effective phishing protection plan should focus on four primary areas: Prevention, Detection, Response, and Recovery. High-level recommendations for each of the four areas are outlined in this whitepaper.