An advanced approach to enterprise network security

New research from Frost & Sullivan shows many companies are struggling to keep their networks secure against rapidly evolving cyber threats. Despite increasingly sophisticated attacks and rising complexity in the technological and regulatory landscapes, companies still typically rely on outdated methods to keep data secure.

New threats and complications

Emerging technologies and practices such as Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD), social media, smartphones, virtualisation, and cloud services have significantly complicated the process of securing enterprise networks and sensitive data. Many companies have failed to adjust their security approaches accordingly. For instance, the 2013 Global Information Security Workforce Study conducted by Frost & Sullivan and (ISC)² revealed that out of 12,396 respondents, 42 per cent ranked social media as a top security concern. However, 25 per cent of organisations admitted they were not addressing this threat vector.

Cyber crime today is big business and threat actors are more motivated, skilled, coordinated, and well funded than ever before. Yet many companies continue to rely on outdated detection methods that only protect against known threats or provide information about attacks after they happen. Many organisations also use discrete solutions to manage each new threat vector, emerging technology and regulatory requirement. However, by investing in several point products, businesses are finding the process to maintain these solutions to be unmanageable. In addition, those systems are often unable to share data with each other, which reduces their effectiveness.

Recommendations and best practices

To combat today’s new threats and manage the ever-increasing complexity, organisations require advanced protection technologies that can integrate and correlate security event data from multiple security systems. Frost & Sullivan recommends advanced managed security services such as the Masergy Security as a Service.

Masergy addresses today’s rapidly evolving threat landscape with a fully-integrated, managed security solution built on the company’s patented Unified Enterprise Security (UES) platform. UES is unique in its use of adaptive behavioural analytics and machine learning to monitor network activity and continuously adapt to changing threat conditions. This technology is combined with continuous monitoring performed by Masergy security experts to efficiently anticipate and detect malicious activities. Frost & Sullivan believes that Masergy offers a solution that is well positioned to address the growing security needs of IT organisations.

Frost & Sullivan’s analysis of the current security landscape and recommendations for businesses are collected in a new white paper entitled, An Advanced Approach to Enterprise Network Security.

To learn more about this topic, download a complimentary copy of the paper here.

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