Today’s cyberthreats are advancing in both methodology and frequency. To keep pace with evolving cyberattacks, you need to make use of all of the information and intelligence available. Threat intelligence can help you stay one step ahead of cyberthreats by providing you with rich, external context.
Integrating threat intelligence into your SIEM can help increase overall network visibility, keep you up to date on potential risks within your environment, and enable you to rapidly detect and respond to cyberthreats.
Perhaps the most neglected element of security is simply network and device hygiene. While new, innovative threats continue to pop up on almost daily, our latest Global Threat Landscape Report reveals that long known and yet still unpatched vulnerabilities continue to serve as the primary gateway for attacks, with organizations reporting an average of 274 attacks per firm – a 82% increase over the previous quarter. This alarming trend emphasizes that while remaining vigilant for new threats and vulnerabilities in the wild is critical, organizations also need to stay focused on what is happening within their own environment.
The challenge is that while we all know that good cyber hygiene is a fundamental best practice, it can be hard to prioritize. It’s just one example of the sorts of things that IT teams need to track every day on top of whatever digital transformation projects are capitalizing their time and resources. To complicate things further, vertical markets each have their own unique risk and compliance concerns, which means there is no quick, universal answer to the challenge of how to keep your network secure.
Polymorphic malware has been around since the early 1990s, but it’s still wreaking havoc in our computers and networks. SC Magazine recently reported on a particularly nasty strain of polymorphic malware that, according to the article, “is able to evade over 75 percent of antivirus engines tested.” That’s a very disturbing statistic.
Organizations across all vertical markets are dealing with the effects of shadow IT, whether they realize it or not. Shadow IT is technology that is adopted and deployed by individual employees or business units without the knowledge or consent of corporate IT teams. The popularity of SaaS applications and services has specifically enabled shadow IT to grow at an impressive rate, fueled in part by its ease of purchase and deployment. According to a recent survey, 72 percent of executives are unaware of how many shadow applications are in use within their organization.
For financial services firms, the risks of shadow IT are amplified due to the value of the data their organizations possess, and the strict regulatory standards with which they must comply. As the adoption of shadow IT continues to grow, financial services firms have to be aware of the risks associated with it, as well as ways to mitigate its risks without impacting network performance.
In a group test by NSS Labs that included detecting malware engineered to avoid detection, Lastline Enterprise detected every threat NSS Labs threw at it --something that FireEye couldn’t do.