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New RSA Security Brief Provides Roadmap For Next Generation Security Operations

AMSTERDAM, Oct. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- RSA CONFERENCE EUROPE 2013

News Summary:
  • Expert consultants and security leaders from EMC, Raytheon and RSA assert that organizations large and small are recognizing they have a responsibility to improve their security posture not just for themselves but also for business and supply chain partners.
  • Security consultants report more organizations are commissioning security assessments on a proactive basis, not just following a breach.
  • RSA Security Brief highlights that basic security lapses still contribute to most security incidents.
  • New report identifies top areas for improvement and provides practical guidance on measures that deliver the greatest impact on organizations' ability to respond to cyber attacks and data breaches.

Full Story:

Authors of a new Security Brief released today by RSA, The Security Division of  EMC (NYSE:EMC), titled " Taking Charge of Security in a Hyperconnected World" observe that more organizations are proactively improving their readiness for cyber threats. While concerns arise about the escalating threat environment, the report asserts that efforts to improve readiness and response capabilities are also driven by growing recognition among today's interconnected business communities that organizations must assume broader responsibility for protecting themselves and their business partners.

Authors of the new RSA Security Brief also claim that most breaches today result from organizations stumbling on basic security practices. Common problems found to contribute to most breaches include: 
  • Neglecting "security hygiene" – In forensic evaluations following security attacks, missed software updates frequently surface as exploited vulnerabilities.
  • Relying exclusively on traditional threat prevention and detection tools – Most security teams still wait for signature-based detection tools to identify problems rather than looking for more subtle indicators of compromise on their own, even though traditional firewalls, antivirus scanners and intrusion detection systems (IDS) cannot discover the truly serious problems.
  • Mistaking compliance for good security – Most compliance mandates reflect best practices that should be interpreted as minimum standards, not sufficient levels, of security.
  • Inadequate user training – Many companies don't invest enough time and resources in user training, even though users today are the first line of defense against many cyber attacks.

The report's authors—all seasoned security consultants and leaders of corporate security operations centers—recommend that organizations proactively undertake objective evaluations of their security posture. Such evaluations can generate hundreds of recommendations for improvement. The authors contend that in most cases, 20 percent of recommended improvements will typically account for 80 percent of potential security benefits.

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