Advanced threats call for advanced solutions

Tuesday September 11 2018

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Just when cyber security professionals figure out how to combat and guard against one type of attack, another stronger malware attacks an unsuspecting — and unprepared — network. Newer, more evolved attacks are designed to skirt antivirus software and firewalls and access a targeted network. 

If a company is not prepared to defend against these types of attacks, it might have to grapple with loss of productivity, loss of information, brand damage and ransom fees.

Advanced threat protection solutions can help information security (IS) specialists stay ahead of evolving ransomware attacks. These solutions have a tri-fold mission of early detection, swift defense and threat mitigation — or stopping attacks in progress to minimize damage — according to Digital Guardian . They also support the efforts of IS professionals by providing them with real-time visibility and continuous monitoring; context for the threat alerts, which can help cyber security teams prioritize threats and organize their responses; and data awareness, which can help professionals truly understand the risks to their network information.  

These software or managed service solutions vary by approach and components but usually include some combination of endpoint security solutions, email gateways, intelligent application controls, malware protection systems, microsegmentation, secure DNS services, threat intelligence gateways and a centralized management console that manages the defenses and transmits alerts, according to CSO  and Digital Guardian. CSO reports that advanced threat protection solutions are much better at blocking exploits, attack vectors and malware than their simpler predecessors and also reduce the attack surface.

To further bolster their defense methods, advanced threat protection providers often have access to global networks that share information about cyber threats. If one provider has encountered a new threat, information about that threat can be shared with other providers to help everyone defend against the new type of attack. This collaboration is key to the future of cyber security.

These types of solutions can be scaled to defend the smallest enterprise network to companies that operate on a global scale. One of the largest companies in the world, Google — which does business as Alphabet — utilizes advanced threat protection to manage internet-wide vulnerabilities and defend against attacks. Cyber Security Dallas 2018 keynote speaker Matthew O’Connor , technical director, cloud office of the CTO for Google, will offer attendees insights into the company’s advanced threat protection approach. In “Global Scale Vulnerability Management ,” which will take place Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 1:00 to 1:30 p.m., O’Connor will share details about Google’s approach to managing large-scale security vulnerabilities, coordinating efforts  and communications across businesses, engineering the solution, and working cross-industry to ensure commercial and consumer customers are safe and secure.

Cyber Security Dallas will take place Oct. 31-Nov. 1 at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas. Ticket info can be found here  

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