Ensure End-to-End Information Security with Advanced Threat Management
Threat management is “an approach to network security that integrates a number of different approaches,
designed to thwart threats before they actually enter the system.”
Compared to before, today effective threat management is highly essential because enterprises face threats from
external agents, internal employees, business partners, activist groups to name a few, who resort to methods like
hacking, malware incorporation, physical attacks, social tactics, privilege misuse and so on, to get hold of highly
confidential and sensitive business data. The data, which includes personal staff details, client lists, salaries, bank
account details, marketing details and sales information, can jeopardize any enterprise’s hard-earned reputation
and goodwill if it falls into wrong hands.
The 2012 Data Breach Investigations Report provides a clear picture of the current state of affairs. As per the
report, the number of compromised records in 2011 was 174 million. The following are some of the data breach
statistics taken from the DBIR report.
98% of the data breach incidents stemmed from external agents
58% of all data theft tied to activist groups
81% of the data breach incidents involved hacking while 69% utilized malware incorporation
79% of victims were targets of opportunity
85% of breaches took weeks or more to discover
92% of incidents were discovered by a third party
97% of breaches were avoidable through simple or intermediate controls
96% of victims subject to PCI DSS had not achieved compliance
96% of attacks were not highly difficult
From the above statistics, you can easily make out that the cyber criminals are evolving rapidly with increased
sophistication of attack, as 96% of attacks were not highly difficult.
Hence, enterprises must put in place effective threat management solution to defend themselves against today's
ever-present and pervasive cyber-threats. Contrary to popular belief, firewalls that prevent unauthorized
intrusions into private networks, and virus scanners and protection suites that monitor, filter, quarantine, and
prevent virus attacks are not enough on their own to protect information. Instead, enterprises require a set of
proper procedures and systems to counter threat to information effectively.
Enterprises can easily achieve this with advanced threat management solutions that come integrated with Security
as well as Governance, Risk and Compliance solutions.
Thus, investing in a complete end-to-end information security solution that provides better visibility into threats
and risks from multiple sources is necessary for enterprises looking to protect its sensitive data.
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