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Mapping the New Cybersecurity Landscape

The landscape of cyber security is always changing. Attackers are constantly probing for new weaknesses and vulnerabilities to exploit in corporate networks, while organisations are being forced to take new, more open approaches to IT systems to support trends like Bring-Your-Own-Device and cloud computing. All this means that the days of simply building a defensive wall around your corporate IT systems are long gone, as organisations become ever more reliant on third parties to deliver critical services. Today, organisations may not even know where their data is being held, let alone how tight the security is around it. At Orange Cyberdefense, we think there are two types of organisations: those that have suffered a security breach and know it and those that don’t have monitoring systems in place to tell them they have suffered a breach. Recent research from PwC indicates that over half of chief financial officers at global companies have “insufficient data to manage cyber risk well”, while 58% indicated that they faced “substantial or critical” cyber security risks. In this environment, it’s crucial that organisations are aware of the emerging security threats on the horizon. The traditional threats, such as malware and revenge attacks by disgruntled employees, have not gone away, but a new wave of threats is now crashing onto shore. Today, Advanced Persistent Threats (APT), such as on-going, well financed attacks by state-affiliated actors, are being seen far more often in the corporate world. New trends like “hacktivism” and social engineering are also rearing their heads more regularly. In this light, organisations should ask themselves what digital assets they have and what the impact would be if they were in the hands of a competitor, a foreign government or a national newspaper? If there are significant risks, organisations should start implementing systems to monitor for and respond to attacks as they happen. It’s time to deploy an end-to-end approach to security: assess the risks, detect threats early, protect yourself with the right weapons and respond rapidly to any attack. With the range and number of cyber threats growing year-on-year, deploying a strategic approach to security today may well be more cost-effective than trying to muster a response after the attack has started. Interested in hearing more? Join us on November 27th to discuss the latest strategies for proactive, end-to-end security and start mapping out your battle plan. Limited places for Security Focuses 2013 are available. Register your attendance today at www.securityfocuses.com

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