In survey after survey, IT executives continue to say that security is one of the top challenges they face. No one has to tell us about the risks. The stories of data theft and breaches are in the media every day. We are intimidated by the rapidly changing threat environment. New malware is being written every day and some of it is being written using a variety of methods that defeat existing security technologies.
The hacking economy continues to thrive. As you can see for the timeline chart below, we have seen data breach headlines in every industry verticals regardless of their size. Cyber-criminals made the most of their opportunities last year, and rest assured it’s unlikely to be any different for years to come.
The foundation of email threat protection has long been anti-virus technology and IP reputation databases. Threat research teams across the globe are hard at work analyzing email, identifying spam and malware, and building anti-virus and IP reputation database libraries to help combat threats. Experts agree that for best threat protection, email security solutions should not rely on a single anti-virus engine or reputation database, but should integrate multiple sources to maximize security effectiveness.
How many times have you heard the phrase, “Your data is your most valuable possession?” Pretty often I bet. And it’s true. The information your organization keeps is extremely important not only to you, but to your customers as well. I was thinking about this the other day while watching a scene from the movie “The Incredibles” where the superhero mom tells her daughter, “Your identity is your most valuable possession.
Recently, I was privileged to spend three days at the SonicWall Security Peak Performance EMEA conference in Berlin, meeting and talking with more than 300 SonicWall partners and customers from across Europe. Security is very much top of mind for our partners, and we know from the results of a SonicWall survey conducted ahead of the conference that advanced persistent threats are a chief concern for a majority of their customers.
Las Vegas welcomed thousands of technology professionals last week for the annual Interop IT show to discover the most current and cutting-edge technology innovations and strategies to drive their organizations’ success. SonicWall Security participated in force, launching the new SonicWall TZ firewall line and demonstrating our innovative enterprise computing, networking and security product portfolios.
As part of the SonicWall Network Security Group, we strive to expand the reach of SonicWall Security solutions across the globe using many tools of communication. Our mission is to get our top rated, most effective security solutions into every large, medium and small network across the planet. Part of our strategy to do that is working with excellent security VARs.
Security has not kept up with the improvements in delivery and pricing of broadband speeds. This is especially true with smaller organizations. When these smaller organizations are compromised, they often go out of business. Larger organizations are also at risk: just look at the news. I keep thinking back to a June 11, 2014 article in USA Today asks, “Is insecurity the new normal?” The article goes on to say that what once captured big headlines has become commonplace.
In January 2015, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver announced that his website, which attracts 10 million visitors per month, had been compromised. This followed an announcement by Forbes that a month earlier, in December of 2014, the highly visible “Thought of the Day” flash widget had been compromised as well. In both of these, the hacked website was simply the first step in a complex process that is carefully engineered to make money off of unsuspecting internet users.
There’s been talk in the U.S. recently about increasing broadband speeds which is good news for many. “As consumers adopt and demand more from their platforms and devices, the need for broadband will increase,” FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn recently said when the agency voted to change the definition of broadband. “What is crystal clear to me is that the broadband speeds of yesteryear are woefully inadequate today and beyond.” Businesses in particular stand to benefit as the use of bandwidth-intensive applications such as file sharing, collaboration apps and social media by employees continues to grow.