Enterprise security: the protective power of patterns
How can businesses keep up with the fast paced threat landscape?
The rapid pace of change as far as the enterprise threat landscape is concerned, can mean that enterprise security teams are often left taking one step forward and two back when it comes to keeping up with the bad guys. Could a little bit of pattern recognition help predict attacks and protect the network?
Pattern recognition as data protection
"Given the increasingly broad spectrum of attack vectors that enterprise security teams have to combat, it is inevitable that they will be breached several times every week with varying degrees of risk," says Gunter Ollmann, chief technology officer at IOActive.
Those are not the words with which anyone wants to start a piece about data security, yet when I spoke Ollmann he charged straight in there. The 'breached several times every week' claim does rather depend upon how you define a breach and as IT Pro reported recently the majority of enterprises seem blissfully unaware of what the term security incident actually means. However, with the threat surface expanding all the time and the dynamic nature of the security landscape, I am inclined to agree with Ollman when he states that it is a given that "despite increasing spend in perimeter and host-based defenses, malware will successfully breach enterprise defenses."
I also happen to agree with him when he started talking about how the real focus of enterprise security is business continuity. Once you understand that then the specifics of any given threat, or even the vector for that matter, should become increasingly irrelevant to incident response teams. "There are a growing number of external service providers that specialize in threat tracking and attack attribution," Ollman points out. In most cases, the data that these third-parties analyse "will reveal a breach detection within an enterprise before the enterprise security team are aware of it," he says.
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