Many CISOs are in a no-win situation. On the one hand, they face a dangerous threat landscape and need to secure new IT initiatives such as cloud computing, mobile computing, and social media. On the other hand, they continue to rely on discrete point tools, under-staffed organizations, and manual processes as the basis of their security defenses. This mismatch leads to ever-increasing risk to organizations and IT assets—an unacceptable situation. ESG believes that information security discontinuity is driving fundamental changes across enterprise security that encompasses people, process, and technology. As this transition occurs, IBM may be one of few vendors with the appropriate enterprise products, resources, and expertise to address new enterprise security requirements.
Familiar caution is welcome but perpetual inaction is the real problem.
ESG surveyed security professionals to find out about their current and planned use of third-party professional or managed security service providers to fulfill some or all of their organizations’ security requirements. The research revealed that many organizations are increasing their use of security services for multiple reasons, and most of those reasons relate to the ongoing security skills gap and staff shortage. The most requested security services? Security design and threat management.
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Growth of Advanced Malware Detection/Prevention (AMD/P) technology will impact standard antivirus software.
Over the past few years, Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) have altered the threat landscape, creating new requirements for enterprise information security. While many organizations have responded with additional funding or new security technologies, they still tend to rely on traditional security strategies like adding traditional layers of defense or hardening systems—a good start, but inadequate for APT protection. To address new types of sophisticated and targeted threats, large organizations need new processes and tools for continuous monitoring and detailed, broad situational awareness. CounterTack provides security technologies that were designed for these very requirements.
Nearly three-quarters of organizations expect to be the target of Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) in the near future. Information security vendors have come forward with new products to spot and stop APTs, and they each approach the task in different ways. This research brief reviews the different types of advanced malware detection and prevention products available today, and provides advice on the one type of product each enterprise organization should implement quickly to protect its assets from APTs.
Enterprise organizations want more automation, integration, intelligence, and scale from security software.
So-called privileged users have the proverbial keys to the kingdom when it comes to configuring IT equipment or accessing sensitive information. Unfortunately, those privileges are sometimes used inappropriately or even maliciously. ESG research investigated the types of privileged user access controls employed by enterprises and uncovered key differences in the implementation methodologies among these organizations. The findings serve as a guide for organizations that wish to improve their information security posture, while shining a light on the opportunities available to vendors of privileged access control products and services.
Enteprises are looking to supplement internal efforts and find service providers with specialized security expertise.
Data masking enables organizations to share data structures between end-users, software developers, and third-party organizations, while maintaining confidentiality of the information itself. In the past, data masking was often implemented in an ad-hoc manner, resulting in different data-masking methods used by individual departments or a sub-set of databases. With recent improvements to data-masking tools, organizations should pull together their masking projects and standardize on a single data-masking solution as part of their data management initiative. Informatica, one of the leaders in this space, offers a comprehensive suite of data-masking products that meet these enterprise requirements.
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Information security services are booming right now but the skills shortage could soon disrupt the party.
Jon Oltsik is an ESG senior principal analyst and the founder of the firm’s information security service. With over 25 years of technology industry experience, Jon is widely recognized as an expert in all aspects of information security and is often called upon to help customers understand a CISO's perspective and strategies. Recently, Jon has been an active participant with cybersecurity issues, legislation, and technology within the U.S. federal government.
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