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Current and Future Trends in Internet Security

Every year, enterprise level companies are faced with the challenge of protecting their business, as well as their critical data.

 

Security professionals are consistently facing new and progressive forms of cyber attacks that never existed in the past. While the security industry is getting better at detecting emerging threats, it seems almost impossible to be steps ahead of all forms of intrusion. However, findings suggest there is more prevalence of an increased variety and sophistication in these web-based threats.

 

Companies are often victims of data breaches and DDoS attacks. With ‘hacking’ being one of the new hot topics in the general public, even amateurs are learning how to implement these attacks. One can even obtain a 'Hacking Toolkit' through the web that requires only minimal Excel knowledge to master.

 

With the increased number of Internet connected devices, an enterprise must evaluate their security in order to evolve alongside the changing landscape. Many businesses still trust security packages purchased years ago that don’t meet the standard of today’s growing threat model. These antiquated security packages are not always capable of handling threats from virtualization, cloud computing, or mobile devices.

 

The rise in “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) policies in enterprises has been a valuable tool for collaboration between employees. However, because of the BYOD policy, enterprise security has an increased risk of vulnerability. With new devices added, comes a new channel of security and evaluation. Even companies without a BYOD program are finding it hard to control just how often their employees use their personal devices for work related tasks. Without the proper security in place, this increased vulnerability can greatly increase the risk your enterprise faces.

 

So what are next steps? While the current landscape is changing for enterprises and home users alike, there still are solutions for the future. With the proper security in place, attacks and breaches can be minimized or derailed before damages can commence. Next generation firewalls and advanced persistent threat sandboxing have shown promise and are becoming some new forms of security technology. When choosing a third-party cloud and security provider, enterprises can measure their Provider's standards and regulations required to protect their business. While these third-party professionals can typically keep an organization safe, the main risks are often mistakes made through human error. Creating a positive behavior of information security in their employees is a beneficial means to create another layer of security awareness. Enterprises must be proactive in not just promoting awareness of security threats, but creating a working style and standard that all of their employees can meet. This kind of security-minded culture in the workplace can do wonders to protect an enterprise’s critical data and limit simple, but very costly mistakes.