Can Updates Cope in Maintaining Protection?
With the Rising Tide of New Malware Variants, Can Updates Cope in Maintaining Protection for Users?
Cyber vandalism, information system abuse, criminal hijacking of IT systems and perpetrated system outages are just some of the consequences suffered by businesses today as a result of malware.
Prevention involves both guarding against known threats and attempting to out-think new threats. The latter lends an advantage to the creativity of the would-be attackers and malware coders, who probe every potential attack surface and digital opening for vulnerabilities, infiltrating established security systems and developing new attacks that have never been seen before.
Businesses not only need to predict the likely types of attack, but have to ensure that their IT environment is scanned, analysed and secured in real-time employing the very latest updates on their defence systems. Fortunately, security vendors are adapting practically at the same rate of change, releasing new and updated security defences. ‘Next Generation Firewalling’ looks to analyse, control and network traffic at the application layer assessing program dynamics in real-time to ensure programs behave appropriately.
More recently, endpoint protection (antivirus and anti-malware) application vendors are reacting to another onslaught, the attack on mobile devices. Again, the opportunistic malicious code writers momentarily jump ahead and again, the security industry provision new counter measures and react with new security options. The cycle continues.
Long-standing relationships with leading IT security providers means we do get up to the minute awareness of the latest attack formats, internal bypass attempts and so on and this is enables us to offer independent advice on the security issues affecting our customers. Recognising that security policies and procedures are as important as the technology means that we need to spend time with our customers highlighting best practice management strategies for protecting the confidentiality, integrity and availability of IT systems and assets that support business critical processes.