Perhaps the most neglected element of security is simply network and device hygiene. While new, innovative threats continue to pop up on almost daily, our latest Global Threat Landscape Report reveals that long known and yet still unpatched vulnerabilities continue to serve as the primary gateway for attacks, with organizations reporting an average of 274 attacks per firm – a 82% increase over the previous quarter. This alarming trend emphasizes that while remaining vigilant for new threats and vulnerabilities in the wild is critical, organizations also need to stay focused on what is happening within their own environment.
Even if the enterprise security team has a handle on its individual clouds, multiple secure clouds are not the same thing as a secure multi-cloud. This requires a single secure enterprise network that spans the data center (physical or software defined) and all the private and public clouds to which an organization subscribes.
The number one challenge identified by Federal agencies in migrating to the cloud is expanding security measures and policies to cover cloud environments. To date, confidence is hard to find. Only 35% of Federal IT leaders believe that the security of their existing private cloud environments is excellent, and this drops to 21% for public cloud. They have similar concerns for the security of data that has to move between physical and virtual environments.
Cybersecurity measures are being adopted and fine-tuned across industries to ensure sensitive data is protected against cybercriminals and evolving attack vectors. However, some industries, such as education, are held more accountable for data protection than others.
Malicious cyber activity targeted at the nation’s critical infrastructure – including water systems, transportation, energy, finance, and emergency services – are particularly worrisome because the interruption of those services can have devastating effects on our economy, impact the well being of our citizens, and even cause the loss of life.
Today’s schools are technology-rich environments. For example, they have long used internal systems to keep and track a variety of records, including the personal data of their students and faculty. Today, however, that tech infrastructure must be optimized to accommodate the shift to a new digital education model. Teachers are increasingly adopting new digital learning tools, with $9 billion being spent on K-12 digital curriculum tools in 2016. While schools often provide some devices for faculty and students, bring your own device (BYOD)...
Fortinet and Amazon Web Services are committed to delivering world-class security to new AWS GovCloud workloads. With the continuation of our partnership in the new release of AWS GovCloud, we are now able to further protect mission-critical government workloads with six virtual security products optimized for AWS.
On the anniversary of the World Wide Web release to the public this week, we are taking a closer look at how web use has irrevocably changed and modernized some of the key industries shaping our lives today, and what this change means for our global cybersecurity.
The cloud is an increasingly attractive prospect for federal agencies, but many still have unanswered questions about how public cloud security stacks up. With the president’s recent cybersecurity executive order emphasizing the shift to the cloud, agencies will have to move quickly to comply. Below are five questions that federal technology buyers should ask public cloud providers to see if they have what it takes to store and manage federal data securely. 1. Do you allow auditing or pen testing in your environment? Many customers are...
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has identified 16 sectors that have been determined to be designated as critical infrastructure due to the debilitating effect on security, national economic security, national public health or safety, or any combination that would result from any of these sectors being compromised. Included in this list of 16 is the Government Facilities Sector, which covers, “a wide variety of buildings, located in the United States and overseas, that are owned or leased by federal, state, local, and tribal governments.”...