InfoSec: The threats continue to multiply

InfoSec has been a platform for vendors to share with partners and customers their latest insights into the threat landscape

The annual gathering of the security industry at InfoSec in West London is always an opportunity for vendors to update channel partners and customers about where the market is going.

With the threats being so diverse, and multiplying continually, the days when one major theme emerged from the event has receded to be replaced instead by more commentary on what the main developments are in the threat landscape and just how resellers can help customers cope.

There have been plenty of examples in the first day and a half of the three day event of vendors sharing their latest findings about the state of the industry.

Check Point was among those producing security reports and its conclusions reinforced the general view that it has been getting more of a challenge for customers to fend off attacks.

The firm found that every 34 seconds malware was downloaded to company networks, every half an hour a DDoS attack is launched against an organisation and finally every 36 minutes senisitive data is sent outside an organisation.

“Today’s cyber criminals are sophisticated and ruthless: they prey on the weaknesses in a network, approaching any security layer as an open invitation to try to hack it.  In order to protect themselves against attacks, security professionals and organisations alike must understand the nature of the latest exploits and how their networks are potentially impacted,” said Amnon Bar-Lev, president of Check Point Software Technologies.

“Only by arming themselves with a combination of knowledge and strong security solutions can they truly protect themselves against these evolving threats.  By making that security a critical asset to your business, you can turn security into an enabler. And in doing so, you’re able to unlock innovation and foster an environment for high performance and productivity," he added.

Elsewhere at the show, WatchGuard was also unveiling its research that showed that small companies were a target for hackers, with 44% already having been hit.

"While Sony and Target breaches have dominated the headlines, in reality small businesses like Dot's Hamburgers, Smythe and Son's Manufacturing, and Four Cities Regional Pharmacy are equally under attack," said Corey Nachreiner, chief technology officer at WatchGuard.

"In fact, smaller companies are generally less protected and easier to breach, with nearly 44% already affected by cyber attacks. Statistically, many of them won't survive the attack beyond six months," he added.

Fortinet was another vendor keen to update partners about the state of play out there in the corporate world and its survey of customers revealed just where security specialists should be looking to deliver some guidance.

The largest cause of concern for IT decision makers was around the security of the wireless network with worries rising that sensitive data has more chances of leaking as a result of sending it across wi-fi.

The vendor found that customers had already made a mixture of responses to the issue, including some moving to the cloud to handle the management of their wireless infrastructure.

“The survey findings indicate that despite the growth in mobility strategies, wireless security has simply not been a priority for enterprises to date,” said John Maddison, vice president of marketing products at Fortinet. “As advanced persistent attacks increasingly target multiple entry points, and the cloud becomes more prevalent, it’s not an oversight organizations should risk any longer.”

“As IT strives to balance the need for strong network security with ubiquitous connectivity, wireless must be considered as part of a holistic security strategy to ensure broad and consistent protection for users and devices over wired and wireless access," he added.

As well as the vendor community providing commentary on the state of the market there are also independent views, with the main one being PwC's 2015 Information Security Breaches Survey, which found that the frequency of attacks and the costs to businesses have increased significantly in the last twelve months.

The conclusions from the breaches report were that being hit by an attack was now almost inevitable for a UK business and the number of firms that had turned to the channel to help them deal with the problem had also increased in the last year as they accepted they did not have the expertise to handle things in-house.

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