Advanced threats call for advanced solutions

Tuesday September 11 2018

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Just when cyber security professionals figure out how to combat and guard against one type of attack, another stronger malware attacks an unsuspecting — and unprepared — network. Newer, more evolved attacks are designed to skirt antivirus software and firewalls and access a targeted network. 

If a company is not prepared to defend against these types of attacks, it might have to grapple with loss of productivity, loss of information, brand damage and ransom fees.

Advanced threat protection solutions can help information security (IS) specialists stay ahead of evolving ransomware attacks. These solutions have a tri-fold mission of early detection, swift defense and threat mitigation — or stopping attacks in progress to minimize damage — according to Digital Guardian . They also support the efforts of IS professionals by providing them with real-time visibility and continuous monitoring; context for the threat alerts, which can help cyber security teams prioritize threats and organize their responses; and data awareness, which can help professionals truly understand the risks to their network information.  

These software or managed service solutions vary by approach and components but usually include some combination of endpoint security solutions, email gateways, intelligent application controls, malware protection systems, microsegmentation, secure DNS services, threat intelligence gateways and a centralized management console that manages the defenses and transmits alerts, according to CSO and Digital Guardian. CSO reports that advanced threat protection solutions are much better at blocking exploits, attack vectors and malware than their simpler predecessors and also reduce the attack surface.

To further bolster their defense methods, advanced threat protection providers often have access to global networks that share information about cyber threats. If one provider has encountered a new threat, information about that threat can be shared with other providers to help everyone defend against the new type of attack. This collaboration is key to the future of cyber security.

All this is to say that cyber security professionals cannot defend their companies against cyber attacks on their own — especially in the midst of a global talent shortage in the field. It takes companies working together, computers fighting computers and algorithms fighting algorithms to protect networks against outside offenders.

Dr. Gordon Skelton , CISSP, president of Security and Analytics LLC, will share his expertise in this area at Cyber Security Atlanta 2018. In “Machine Learning: Another Tool in Your Arsenal ,” which will take place Thursday, Oct. 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Skelton will show attendees how machine learning and artificial intelligence can help cyber security officials defend their networks. He also will walk attendees through the process of implementing machine learning into a cyber security strategy.

Cyber Security Atlanta will take place Oct. 17-18 at the Georgia World Congress Center. Ticket info can be found here  

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