State of security operations 2014 report of capabilities and maturity of cyber defense organizations

As the incidence and cost of cyber crime have escalated, organizations have responded by establishing security operations centers (SOCs) to detect and counter cyber attack and to assure compliance with industry guidelines. But how capable are SOCs, and where is the greatest opportunity for improvement?

HP Security Intelligence and Operations Consulting has performed maturity assessments evaluating people, processes and technology in 69 SOCs. This report presents their findings on the measured maturity level of SOCs by industry. Read it to understand: Areas needing the most improvement; Lessons learned; and Recommendations on target maturity levels for enterprises and managed security service providers.

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Securing your IT Infrastructure with SOC/NOC collaboration

This white paper explains why integrating your log management solution with IT operations is beneficial to both your network operations center (NOC) and security operations center (SOC). It can help you seamlessly integrate log management into your IT operations strategy, create collaboration between your SOC and NOC that empowers your organization to effectively manage your IT infrastructure while simultaneously ensuring its security.
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10 Ways to Build a Better Big Data Security Strategy

When it comes to enterprise security, Big Data is part of the problem-and it is part of the solution. Collecting vast amounts of data from disparate sources-including the cloud-exposes the enterprise to new threats and creates vast new stores of data you must protect. But you can apply Big Data techniques for finding insight in mountains of data to find security threats as well.
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Protecting your business data: Five Dos and Don’ts for SMBs

Small and midsized businesses have a particularly challenging time protecting company data. They have many of the same security and backup challenges as large enterprises, but fewer resources in terms of funding, time and specialized expertise.

The stakes are high: Symantec's State of Information Survey 2012 gathered information from more than 2,000 IT managers at companies with between five and 250 employees. Asked about the consequences of losing business data, the managers cited loss of customers (49%), brand damage (43%), increased expenses (41%) and decreased revenues (37%).The amount of data that businesses need to protect is also increasing rapidly. In the same survey, IT managers projected data stores at small and midsized businesses will grow 178% during the next year.

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Security and the Cloud: Perfect Match

Why are security and the Cloud a perfectly matched pair for your business? Independently, they have lots of benefits. Security protects your key devices, like PCs, and mobile devices, from cyber-thieves' malware, viruses and other nasty threats that can compromise, or even destroy, your business' critical information. Cloud technology, on the other hand, might seem complicated but it's really a simple way to use sophisticated software, like security technology, without the day-to-day hassles of software updates, hardware maintenance, and other expensive and time-consuming tasks.

But both are better together - especially for small and medium businesses who want to protect their key information, but don't have a full-time IT shop to support the infrastructure.

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How to build a scalable, security-rich private cloud – in weeks, not months

If your organization is looking to work faster - and with greater agility - you probably know that a private cloud could be a good solution. But you should also know that traditional methods for implementing an automated private cloud using PaaS can take up to six months. With IBM Private Modular cloud, however yours can be deployed in weeks. Learn how IBM Private Modular Cloud can help you build and deploy a security-rich private PaaS cloud environment that leverages customizable modules which can scale to meet your specific business and IT needs.
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Why you need a next-generation firewall

Next-generation (NG) firewalls, with features such as deep packet inspection, intrusion detection, application identification, and granular control, are important weapons in the battle against hacking and malware. Mobile applications have taken the overall scheme of corporate IT, and NG firewalls enable organizations to incorporate full-stack inspection to support intrusion prevention. This white paper explores the reasons for implementing NG firewalls and lays out a path to success for overburdened IT organizations.
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Next Generation Enterprise Network Security Solutions: The Importance of Incorporating Vulnerability Intelligence

Hackers are quick to exploit newly discovered vulnerabilities in the software enterprises deploy and use. Traditional security defenses rely on known attack signatures, so they often fail to detect attacks that exploit new vulnerabilities. HP TippingPoint Next-Generation Intrusion Prevention System (NGIPS) and Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW) combine technology that focuses on the root problems common to multiple threats with the latest vulnerability intelligence provided by HP Security Research and supported by more than 3,000 external security researchers. This enables them to block new threats that escape detection by traditional threat pattern recognition with minimal impact on network performance.
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The Bot Threat

Some of the most serious threats networks face today are "bots," remotely controlled robotic programs that strike in many different ways and deliver destructive payloads, self-propagating to infect more and more systems and eventually forming a "botnet." Download this whitepaper and learn how bots work and how, by adopting the right strategy, you can use a defense-in-depth strategy to effectively prevent direct attacks against your critical systems.
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Security Essentials for CIO’s: Enabling Mobility

It's not easy being today's CIO. As growing numbers of employees bring their own computing devices to work, CIOs are faced with a tough choice: Find a secure way to let employees conduct business on their own devices - or simply say no. If you'd rather say yes, read the article to learn how IBM balances openness and risk management in the enterprise mobile workplace. You'll take away five steps to consider when embarking on a "bring your own device" (BYOD) program.
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Top 5 Malware Trends for 2014 and How to Combat Them

In 2014, hackers and cyber thieves will continue to change their tactics, using new exploits to infect systems and steal data. This Executive Brief discusses the top five malware trends to keep an eye out for in 2014 and how Webroot SecureAnywhere can provide the endpoint protection that companies will need to be safe in 2014.
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Next-Generation Application Security

Today's high performance applications demand clean, efficient and secure code. Regardless of whether you and your team develop in C/C++, Java or C#, your code needs to be both reliable and secure. In years past, most development teams worried about the cleanliness of their code, but they rarely worried about code security. And if they did look out for security, it was often not during the development process. Learn how software development teams are turning analysis and code review into a holistic process that combines code verification and efficiency with security and other processes into one, streamlined system. Learn how this streamlined software development process can help boost the security and reliability of your code while making the work of development easier and more efficient.
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Building a Better Network Security Strategy

In today's global, always-on world, network security is crucial. Enterprises need to ensure that employees accessing their networks are secure at all times. A comprehensive network security solution needs to include a number of factors, including network reliability, resources for managing the network, network features and functions, and full integration. This Slashdot Pulse offers insight into IT professionals who currently manage network security, giving readers a glimpse into real-word security plans and tactics.
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Surviving the technical security crisis

As new threats emerge every day, the need for qualified security staff is growing. But there aren't enough people with technical security skills to go around. That gap is leaving organizations exposed. In fact, in a recent survey conducted by Forrester Consulting and commissioned by IBM, 92% of security leaders said that staffing issues contribute to heightened levels of risk.
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8 Ways To Better Monitor Network Security Threats in the Age of BYOD

Today's workforce is highly mobile. They don't just work on laptops, they also use smartphones, tablets and other devices, many of which they brought into the enterprise themselves. In addition, these workers don't stay put. While many work from the office, most access corporate networks and data from a variety of locations, including home offices, airports, hotels, and wide area networks, often using any or all of the aforementioned devices. Identifying and managing network security risks in this environment is a non-stop, 24/7 challenge for even the most seasoned IT security professionals.

This SlashGuide offers unique insight and analysis into how network security professionals can better identify, manage, and contain the leading network security risk factors that arise from a mobile, always-on workforce. This paper arms IT security professionals with the information they need to better manage and mitigate these network security risks, giving them actionable tips they can put into practice today.

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