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News junkies make great targets

Dhillon Amitpal, Senior Product Manager, Sourcefire, Cisco | July 11, 2014
You can't protect what you can't see.

Fundamentally, raising awareness and offering simple suggestions such as hovering over a link without clicking to view the intended URL, or not opening attachments one didn't request, can go a long way in the fight against cyber attacks.

Nevertheless, even with the best of education, malware can still make its way into an organisation's network. With the increasing sophistication of attackers, it has also become all the more critical for business and IT leaders to set in place a comprehensive suite of security solutions that couple visibility and control to help protect against these inevitable attacks.

As such, businesses require complete visibility into the devices, users, applications and systems that connect to their network on a daily basis with the right context. For one, security solutions that have contextual awareness will be able to identify and intelligently correlate extensive amounts of data related to IT environments - these include applications, users, devices, operating systems, vulnerabilities, services, processes, network behaviors, files and threats. At the same time, these solutions can also correlate that local data with global intelligence for even greater insights, in turn providing the context needed to make more informed decisions.

Ultimately, in order to turn these data into immediate actionable insights, and subsequently protect your organisation from today's advanced threats, businesses must look to deploy security solutions that not only enable them to automatically and flexibly tune, but also enforce policies across the entire extended network.

Indeed, with attackers learning from every single attack to increase their chances of success, it has also become more vital than ever for defenders to do the same. While education is an essential component of any well-rounded security strategy, combining that with visibility and control can significantly help minimise cyber attacks and protect networks - even from the actions of well-intentioned news junkies.

 

 

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