The Evolving State of Cyber-Threats

By Samuel Greengard  |  Posted 04-28-2015 Email

Over the last few years, cyber-threats have become more sophisticated and persistent. Every day, there's news of yet another breach or breakdown. What's more, confronting the problem and mitigating risk has become more difficult. A new survey from QuinStreet Enterprise, “2015 Security Outlook: Meeting Today's Evolving Cyber Threats,” examines the challenges. The survey of 387 business and IT executives found, among other things, that cyber-attacks are becoming more targeted and increasingly sophisticated, most companies have experienced a damaging breach in the past year, and the majority of organizations have increased their security budget and adopted a more aggressive approach to thwart new risks. Since cyber-attacks are increasingly multi-pronged and use more sophisticated methods to create a breach–including social engineering–there's also a growing focus on using the right combination of tools, technologies and methods–and integrating them more effectively. Here are some of the highlights from the research.

Samuel Greengard writes about business and technology for Baseline, CIO Insight and other publications. His most recent book is The Internet of Things (MIT Press, 2015).


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