How False Positives Plague IT Departments

By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 04-12-2016 Email

C-level executives are "completely in the dark" about cyber-attacks against their companies, yet IT professionals revealed their organizations have been victims of advanced attacks during the past 12 months. Many security pros do not believe their company has the necessary intelligence to convince the C-suite about the threats their company faces. They also are misled by false positives. The study, "The State of Malware Detection and Prevention in 2016," surveyed 597 IT and IT security practitioners in the United States responsible for directing cyber-security activities or investments within their organization. The Ponemon Institute conducted the study for Cyphort, which offers defense solutions for enterprise. Larry Ponemon, chairman and founder of the institute that bears his name, said "Companies are still struggling to have a strategy to prevent and detect malware and advanced threats. One recommendation is for organizations to significantly reduce the time spent on false positives and irrelevant threats in their network. The effective solutions are the ones that smartly combine next-generation network-based sandboxing and network behavior anomaly analysis."

Karen A. Frenkel writes about technology and innovation and lives in New York City.


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