IT Security Is Not Keeping Pace With Threats

By Tony Kontzer
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The old saying "Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me" is taking on new life in the world of information security. Amid a constant flow of high-profile security breaches—and despite plenty of firsthand experience and indications that the volume of incidents is growing—network operators say their organizations are still struggling to prepare themselves for incidents. In addition, many companies are unable to bring in the security talent they need. These issues are among the takeaways from Arbor Networks' 10th annual "Worldwide Infrastructure Security Report." The report, which analyzes the responses of nearly 300 network operators from an assortment of service providers, enterprises, and education and government organizations, is the latest reminder for information security professionals that their skills are increasingly more essential to doing business in the 21st century. "Today, organizations have a much wider and more sophisticated range of threats to worry about, and a much broader attack surface to defend," says Darren Anstee, a director and solutions architect for Arbor. "The business impact of a successful attack or breach can be devastating. The stakes are much higher now."

This article was originally published on 2015-03-09
Tony has been writing about the intersection of technology and business for more than 20 years and currently freelances from the Grass Valley, Calif., home where he and his wife are raising their two boys. A 1988 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism and regular contributor to Baseline since 2007, Tony's somewhat infrequent Twitter posts can be found at http://twitter.com/tkontzer.
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