Companies Step Up Cyber-Security Safeguards

By Samuel Greengard  |  Posted 2016-06-28 Email

A seemingly endless barrage of cyber-attacks is forcing business and IT leaders to take notice and step up protection. According to a newly released study of 221 IT directors, managers and practitioners conducted by IT management firm SolarWinds in conjunction with Penton Research, "IT Security Survey North America," preparedness and training are rapidly moving into the spotlight across a wide swath of industries. Among other things, organizations are focusing on improving detection, reducing response and remediation times after an incident, cracking down on misused and abused credentials, gaining better control of network devices and spotting policy violations. Organizations also are looking to ratchet up security training and boost the quality of the training, the report noted. Yet, "While many organizations are less vulnerable today than they were a year ago," noted Mav Turner, director of business strategy at SolarWinds, "it's important for IT professionals to never get too confident in their organization's security posture."

Samuel Greengard writes about business and technology for Baseline, CIO Insight and other publications. His most recent book is The Internet of Things (MIT Press, 2015).

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