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What next for cybersecurity?

August 15, 2011

Last  week we looked back at the information security predictions we made at the start of the year to see how accurate we’d been.  In this post we thought it’d be worth looking ahead at what lies ahead in the remaining months of the year.

One thing is clear: the traditional approach to protecting Enterprise and Government networks is no longer effective.  In an environment where there are no defined attack signatures security analysts and system administrators are continually looking for the proverbial needle in the haystack as they attempt to spot an attack.  Once they’ve done this, manually correlating data from multiple point products in time consuming and painstaking work – in reality, many organizations only find the vector and target of a breach when the attacker[s] publicly announce details. If there is no announcement it’s likely that many will never know the full extent of an attack!

This must change – and change quickly.  Some would argue that it’s already happening.  At June’s Mobile Computing Summit in California the term Situational Awareness (the ability to collect and correlate all network security data in real time)was on everybody’s lips – we predict that by the end of the year it’ll be in their networks.

We predict Situational Awareness will be the watchword for security professionals between now and the end of the year.

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