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The Evolving Threat Landscape

Posted May 18, 2012    Peter McCalister

With new vulnerabilities being exploited daily through desktop applications, employee-ownedcorporate security devices, remote computing, and social networks, protecting sensitive company assets can appear daunting. The boldness and inventiveness of hackers is outrunning companies’ ability to deal with them. According to DataLossDB.org, there were 1,030 publically disclosed data breach incidents in 2011. Theft of intellectual property from U.S. companies is occurring at a rate of $200B a year.

Coupled with these startling statistics, the problem of data leaks gradually gets worse as the amount of digital information created and replicated increases. By 2020, a staggering 35 zettabytes ( 1 trillion gigabytes) are projected from less than 1 zettabyte in 2009, which is equivalent to 250 billion DVDs. Plus, new standards and compliance regulations further the sense of urgency to secure and manage the entire perimeter of the IT infrastructure.

The threat surface for an organization increases with every new user and every new technology that is deployed. From the rapid acceleration of advanced persistent threat activities to the ‘consumerization’ of IT to the virtualization and private cloud blur creating gaps for attack, organizations are facing the challenge of distinguishing between potential and real threats. The best defense has always been prevention over detection of potential and real threats alike, and company security initiatives need to follow suit.

Companies need a complete end-to-end threat management solution for both internal and external vulnerabilities and threats. At BeyondTrust we believe in “Security in Context” for enterprises. Security departments cannot simply be handed a laundry list of flaws to fix; they require visibility, context, and intelligence.

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Posted September 25, 2014    Paul Harper

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Posted September 24, 2014    BeyondTrust Research Team

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Posted September 24, 2014    Chris Burd

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