Targeted attacks and security breaches continue to steal the headlines on a daily basis, and no person or organization is immune to the threats. Instances in which personal information is compromised have now become commonplace, as security threats have become increasingly complex, sophisticated and targeted.
Unfortunately, with today’s mobile culture and BYOD workforce the threat landscape has broadened. And while the nature of attacks and threat vectors are evolving, traditional security is no longer a match for these attacks.
IT departments do not have the resources to address each and every threat as it arises. As such, new technologies provide the security and flexibility to tackle these threats. Below we look at the top five reasons traditional enterprise security is no longer good enough.
- Advanced persistent threats are becoming more and more sophisticated in their execution, directly targeted at an enterprise’s most valuable assets and intellectual property. Stealthy and persistent in nature, they can go undetected by traditional security technologies, such as firewalls, anti-virus, and secure email or Web gateways. Firewalls, routers and other security methods protect the perimeter, but do not embrace critical outside resources, or even unmanaged personal or contractor systems brought inside the organization.
- Today’s threat landscape presents many new modes of attack. Threats and data breaches do not all come from outside malware and phishing attacks. Data loss can come from anywhere, particularly insider threats. Potential theft of corporate IP, insider attacks, or even unintentional errors can pose a greater risk than an outside attack. Access controls, privilege management, and policy enforcement can stop these attacks. With single sign-on (SSO) you can keep tabs on all employee activity, and when someone leaves the company, regardless of what terms it is on, you can disable a single account, making the transition, control and protection of company resources seamless and risk free.
- More and more people are using remote access methods to connect to work or home computers, which means we no longer have one defined network perimeter. On top of this, organizations are increasingly deploying cloud and mobile services. This poses many questions when it comes to security of data, such as: Who has been granted access, when and where, and via which authorized devices? Organizations need to think differently about security and compliance in a diverse computing environment where data moves between physical, virtual and cloud-based systems. They need to regain centralized control over users’ access to ever-increasing numbers of SaaS applications through role-based access controls and application access logging and reporting.
- One of the top security challenges faced by organizations today is administrative delegation; being able to restrict and protect high privileged accounts while also restricting and protecting local accounts with administrative privileges. In many organizations, administrators are routinely granted broad privileges. These privilege grants pose grave risks for a potential security breach. Limiting privileges without hindering users in performing necessary tasks can be complex and time consuming. A single, unified privilege management solution will alleviate the need for complex scripting, proprietary databases, or expensive and fragile server architectures, and enable globally controlled privileges.
- Corporate governance and regulatory requirements are a growing burden for a majority of organizations. Compliance legislation has become cumbersome. Every major compliance regulation requires organizations to link access controls, role-based privileges, and user activity to named users. In cross-platform environments, establishing this accountability is a complex task given the existence of multiple identity silos. Policies need to be consistently and uniformly applied and enforced across these operating platforms to ensure protection. Businesses need to establish accountability and advance compliance reporting by recording which users accessed which systems, what commands they executed, with what privilege, and the exact changes they made to key files and configurations.
Whether working to mitigate the risks of insider threats and advanced persistent threats (APTs), or to meet PCI-DSS or other government regulations, organizations require a unified identity management and auditing solution that will enable centralized visibility and control over identities, privileged access management, policy enforcement and activity. This integration, automation and flexibility will allow businesses to maximize resources and efficiency.