Cybersecurity continues to rise to the top of the list of concerns for organizations of all sizes, and in particular large enterprises such as banking and financial services companies, healthcare providers, and technology firms. Recently, a senior security leader at a national bank and a customer of Illusive told us that after surviving the 2008 financial crisis, he is confident the bank can withstand another financial crisis, but worries that the risk of a major cyberattack poses an existential threat.
Security teams are tasked with protecting an organization’s crown jewels - essential data volumes, intellectual property, financial transactions, or revenue-dependent business operations – from malicious insider or external threats. It’s an evolving and difficult challenge, especially with understaffed SOC teams drowning in false alerts, and ever-increasingly sophisticated attackers using various methods to exploit network vulnerabilities.
With hundreds of new technology trends and literally thousands of vendors vying for attention, its no wonder CSOs and other security professionals struggle to stay fully up to date. The barrage of marketing claims only complicates matters.
So Gartner’s recent research report, “Emerging Technologies and Trends Impact Radar: Security” (paywall) arrives as a balm for the beleaguered security professional, cutting through the noise to provide a snapshot of which new technologies truly offer a leg up on increasingly sophisticated attackers and threats. Among other recommendations in the report, Gartner suggests deception technology offers “easy to deploy, deterministic, and effective threat detection capabilities for enterprises of all sizes,” and here at Illusive Networks we couldn’t agree more.
Shadowy attackers targeting organizations from halfway around the world grab most of the cybersecurity headlines. However, research shows that 60 percent of data breaches and other cyberattacks on organizations are actually carried out by rogue or negligent insiders. According to a recent study by the Ponemon Institute, it takes an average of 72 days to contain an insider threat, and typical organizations with over 1,000 employees spend an average of US$8.76 million cleaning up after insider incidents every year.
UPDATE - Since this post was first published, MITRE has issued a technical white paper fully endorsing the implementation of Deception Technology. Download the report, entitled The Cyberspace Advantage: Inviting Them In
For a cyber attacker, every organization is a potential target. Attack frequency and degrees of severity vary with the attacker's skill level, the assets they want, choice of tactics, and the sophistication of their targets' defenses. With attacks constantly in the headlines, it's no wonder security teams might feel overwhelmed. But in reality, not all threats are equal. Not all threats are relevant to all organizations. And not all threats are known.
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