Network security grows more and more difficult all the time. According to recent ESG research on network security, 79% of security professionals working at enterprise organizations (i.e., more than 1,000 employees) believe that network security is more difficult than it was two years ago. Why? Threats are getting more targeted, voluminous, and sophisticated while networks grow more complex with the addition of more users, devices, traffic, etc.
The combination of IT complexity, the growing attack surface, and a progressively more dangerous threat landscape is making cybersecurity more difficult. And it’s not one particular area of cybersecurity that’s becoming more difficult, it’s the whole kit and caboodle.
In a recent ESG Research Report, enterprise security professionals were asked to identify the primary objectives associated with their organization’s network security strategy. It turns out that 40% of organizations plan to move toward continuous monitoring of all assets on the network while 30% of organizations plan to capture more network traffic for security analytics.
In the past, large organizations spent most if not all of their endpoint security dollars on a single product—antivirus software. This decision created a multi-billion dollar market dominated by 5 vendors: Kaspersky Lab, McAfee (Intel Security), Sophos, Symantec, and Trend Micro.
A majority of organizations plan to increase information security spending this year—especially in industries such as retail, transportation/logistics, manufacturing, and communications & media. These budget increases make sense as business and IT executives come to terms with the dangerous threat landscape and persistent wave of highly-publicized data breaches. Rather than a minor spending correction, ESG believes that these changes will last several years as organizations modernize their security defenses, improve infosec oversight and analytics, and adopt internal security controls and processes to accommodate cloud and mobile computing.
I just read a good Wall Street Journal blog by Ben DiPietro titled, Speed of Tech Change a Threat to Cybersecurity. His main point is that while organizations are adopting new technologies like cloud computing, mobile computing, and applications based upon the Internet of Things (IoT), they continue to address cybersecurity risks, controls, and oversight with legacy tools and processes. This creates a mismatch where cyber-adversaries have a distinct offensive advantage over a potpourri of assorted legacy enterprise security defenses.
Endpoint security has grown more difficult, driven by new types of multi-dimensional threats. This changes everything—CISOs are being forced to implement additional endpoint security controls, collect endpoint forensic data, integrate endpoint and network security defenses, and dig deeper into endpoint security analytics. Given this transition, many organizations no longer have ample resources or the right skills for endpoint security, prompting CISOs to offload some or all endpoint security tasks to service providers. ESG research illustrates growing demand for endpoint security services and discusses the implications for enterprise organizations, endpoint technology vendors, and service providers.
This ESG Lab review documents hands-on testing of the Juniper SRX5400 with a focus on the performance and scalability benefits of the next-generation I/O card (IOC-II) with the new Express Path capability.
I’ve read a fair amount of cybersecurity books across a wide spectrum of topics—early hackers, cyber-crime, hacktivists, nation state activity, etc. A few years ago, new books were few and far between, but this is no longer the case. I recently posted a blog/book report on Kim Zetter’s fantastic book, Countdown to Zero Day. Allow me to recommend another good one, @War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex, by Shane Harris.
Just about every cyber-attack follows a similar pattern: An end-user is fooled into clicking on a malicious link, downloading malware, or opening an infected file. This is one of the early stages of the famous Lockheed Martin “kill chain.”
Jon Oltsik is an ESG senior principal analyst and the founder of the firm’s cybersecurity service. With almost 30 years of technology industry experience, Jon is widely recognized as an expert in all aspects of cybersecurity and is often called upon to help customers understand a CISO's perspective and strategies.
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