Firms Must Adapt Quickly to Evolving Cyber-Threats

By Samuel Greengard
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    Firms Must Adapt Quickly to Evolving Cyber-Threats

    Firms Must Adapt Quickly to Evolving Cyber-Threats

    Companies need to adapt quickly to the evolving threat landscape, in which attackers are using new and evasive techniques to avoid detection and mitigation.

The frequency and intensity of cyber-attacks are on the rise, and there's no indication that this situation will improve anytime soon. More frightening: No company is immune, and few are fully prepared. A new report from application delivery and security solutions provider Radware, "Global Application & Network Security Report 2015-2016," illuminates the extent of the problem, as well as how organizations are attempting to deal with cyber-security issues ranging from advanced persistent threats (APTs) to distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. "Security attacks are becoming more complex," the study points out. "Motives, means and effectiveness of security attacks are on the rise. [There's] the need for greater agility to adapt quickly to evolving threats." The study also identifies a number of key trends, including the emergence of multi-vector attack campaigns (APDoS). It warns: "Attackers are demonstrating more patience and persistence, leveraging 'low and slow' attack techniques that misuse application resources rather than those in network stacks. Attackers are using evasive techniques to avoid detection and mitigation, including SSL-based attacks and changing the page request in an HTTP page flood attack." Approximately 300 companies were surveyed.

This article was originally published on 2016-03-04
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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