As Security Evolves, Firms Unprepared

Monday, March 4, 2013 @ 05:03 PM gHale


Traditional safeguards are less than adequate in protecting against threats related to virtualization, BYOD and complex attacks, a new survey found.

On top of that one-third of respondents said their security readiness is inadequate, according to F5 Networks findings in its 2013 RSA Security Trends Survey. Respondents were RSA attendees with IT responsibilities over planning, management, oversight, or implementation of security.

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The results showed security trends such as virtualization (73 percent), complexity of attack types (72 percent), and bring your own device (BYOD) (66 percent) have the greatest impact on securing today’s organizations.

When asked what security trends have the greatest impact on an organization’s ability to achieve the level of security it desires, respondents answered:
• Virtualization (73 percent)
• The increasing complexity of threats (ex: Distributed Denial of Service attacks) (72 percent)
• BYOD (use of employee-owned devices such as smartphones for business use) (66 percent)
• The change in the bad guys (from hackers to espionage and political motivation) (62 percent)
• The shift from data center focused infrastructure to cloud-based infrastructure (61 percent)
• The shift from traditional client-server applications to web-based applications (60 percent)
• BYOD is critical in an organization’s ability to achieve the level of security it desires, yet a sizeable number of organizations are not taking the appropriate steps to address it.
• Most (75 percent) see BYOD as being prevalent in their organization.

Furthermore, two-thirds (66 percent) see BYOD as having a somewhat to extremely high impact on security. Despite this, one-third (35 percent) say they cannot provide adequate security to protect against threats associated with BYOD.

Organizations remain unprepared to properly address the shift to web-based applications and cloud-based infrastructure.

Nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of respondents see the shift to web-based applications as a trend affecting security, yet 37 percent of respondents’ organizations are not providing adequate security to protect against potential threats.

Sixty-six percent of respondents see the shift to cloud-based infrastructure as a trend affecting security, yet 49 percent of respondents’ organizations are not providing adequate security to protect against potential threats.

“The security landscape continues to change rapidly and many organizations are struggling to properly address evolving threats,” said Mark Vondemkamp, vice president of product management for Security at F5. “Companies will do well to proactively address trends like BYOD and cloud security, but they should also look to raise their game in terms of threat detection and mitigation. With employee behavior, business priorities, and infrastructure demands further expanding traditional threat vectors, the proper tools and procedures are essential in maintaining a healthy level of security.”



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