Most vendors seem to assume that small businesses have the expertise and full-time staff of a large enterprise to manage IT security. Too often for small and mid-sized businesses, this one-size-fits-all approach results in higher costs, lower productivity and more risk. In this paper, we’ll examine the inherent complexity of enterprise-class security products and the very different needs of smaller organizations. Then we’ll look at a simpler alternative: cloud-based endpoint security.
Businesses that choose to not protect their infrastructure don’t just run the risk of a DDoS attack; they put out a welcome mat for attackers. DDoS attacks are becoming more sophisticated and destructive, and are on the rise. In a Ponemon Institute study, 65 percent of organizations had an average of three DDoS attacks between September 2011 and September 2012, costing each of these companies an estimated average of $3.5 million in
In the same survey, 71 percent of respondents realize that anti-DoS/DDoS defenses specifically are important or very important. But just how important are they to you? It should depend on what you’re protecting. What’s the cost of an hour of downtime to you, both in dollars and in value that doesn’t easily carry a price tag like productivity or reputation? Your answers should determine the level of protection you need.
Published By: SilverSky
Published Date: May 30, 2014
This paper outlines the five simple steps you can take to help prevent sensitive information leakage from your organization, while keeping up with the rapidly evolving regulatory environment. The average employee sends and receives about 29,000 emails per year. One in every 20 of those emails contains “risky” data – from sensitive attachments to social security numbers to protected health information to valuable corporate secrets that set your organization apart. All of this risky data can become toxic to your company if it’s hacked or suffers a breach – causing reputational damage, customer loss, heavy fines, and decreased competitive edge. SilverSky offers a game-changing Email Data Loss Prevention (DLP) solution, run on IBM SoftLayer, which brings content-aware policy capabilities normally reserved for complex enterprise DLP solutions. Download this paper to learn more.
Published By: Vormetric
Published Date: Feb 10, 2015
Insider threats are caused by a wide range of offenders who either maliciously or accidentally do things that put an organization and its data at risk. The insider threat landscape is becoming more difficult to deal with as the range of miscreants moves beyond employees and privileged IT staff. It now includes outsiders who have stolen valid user credentials; business partners, suppliers, and contractors with inappropriate access rights; and third-party service providers with excessive admin privileges. Unless properly controlled, all of these groups have the opportunity to reach inside corporate networks and steal unprotected data.
Computing environments have evolved to enable users to be more productive and IT to be more agile. And yet attackers have evolved their methods too, adopting polymorphic malware to evade detection by preventive controls. Meanwhile, IT organizations continue to practice a piecemeal, reactive process of plugging holes, and it’s putting companies at grave risk.
Given the nature of our dynamic computing environments and the sophistication of advanced persistent threats (APTs), a security breach is inevitable. The rise in the number of breaches over the past two years is evidence that no company is immune. As with the Target and Home Depot breaches, it’s possible that malware is already sitting on your corporate network, surreptitiously exfiltrating data as you read this. The question is: How soon will you catch it?
This whitepaper is for information providers, SaaS vendors, and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) who create and sell software that manipulates and displays data. Their customers want to interact with and analyze data, but developing interactive analysis and visualization software is a challenging task, fraught with risk and uncertainty.
This eZine will identify new opportunities, strategies and up-sell potential for integrators entering the health-care market. Mounting opportunities, such as HIPPA assessments, audits, compliance tools and risk calculators can translate into unprecedented profit growth. You'll get tips on how some strategic changes can take your health-care package from ailing to the picture of health. You'll also get great a real-life case study on how a five hospital network implemented a solution that let their medical staff tend to patients, instead of records.
With over 60,000 new malware threats created each day, antivirus software is an essential component to IT security. But antivirus is only the beginning. According to Forrester, a single tool is not sufficient to address a particular risk area completely. That's why Faronics implements a strategy featuring multiple layers of security for enterprisewide end-point computer protection. This video describes the many features and facets that come together to make Faronics the only end-point security software vendor to offer an integrated layered security solution.
Business applications today have become the primary interface between a company and its customers. And, there has simultaneously been tremendous innovation in the area of business intelligence, which can unlock a personalized experience for each and every user - and help support key corporate objectives to increase revenue, strengthen customer loyalty and establish and maintain a high-quality brand in the marketplace. For technology managers, then, this is an exciting time to demonstrate the value of IT to the business. But, the situation also exposes the intense risk we place on our IT applications because they now carry enormous organizational responsibility and significance. Companies that have implemented infrastructure management solutions from CA Technologies Report:
. Service desk calls by as much as 40%
. Reduction of IT management tools in use by 50%
. First-call closure rate improvement by a factor of three
. Mean-time-to-repair improvements of up to 50%
. Staff efficiency improvements of up to 43%
. An average return on investment in nine months or less
In May 2010, CA Technologies commissioned Forrester Consulting to examine the financial impact and potential return on investment (ROI) that an organization might realize from implementing CA's Oblicore Guarantee solution. To determine the impact, Forrester examined the specific costs, benefits, flexibility, and risk elements that a CA customer, Catholic Health East (CHE), experienced over the past three years using the CA Oblicore Guarantee solution. From interviews conducted by Forrester, it was determined that CHE's use of CA's Oblicore Guarantee solution allowed for a significant redeployment of labor necessary to compile and distribute service-level management reports to its system office customers and enabled a similar labor cost avoidance associated with compiling and distributing reports to its hospitals or Regional Health Corporations (RHCs). Based on our interviews, Forrester projects a three-year, risk-adjusted total net present value (NPV) of $173,420, representing the net costs and benefits attributed to using the CA Oblicore Guarantee solution versus CHE's previous manual processes used in service management reporting. (See details below in Costs, Benefits, Flexibility, and Risks sections). In addition, the risk-adjusted ROI was a favorable 45%, and the payback period was within 20 months.
Published By: Autotask
Published Date: Nov 29, 2010
Service Level Management is the process of setting benchmarks for service level performance, measuring that performance and ensuring compliance with your service goals and your customers' expectations. An effective Service Level Management system will not only ensure that your key targets for service success - response times, resolution plans and resolutions - are being met, it will also offer a process for expediting issues and tickets when your metrics are at risk of not being met.
Published By: MergerTech
Published Date: Mar 15, 2011
What is the acquisition mindset? It is a mindset that says, "Whether or not I ever sell my company, I will run it as if it is going to be acquired tomorrow." The acquisition mindset enforces a discipline, structure and rigor in your company that ensures you are running a professional organization that minimizes structural risk, maximizes work satisfaction and ensures the highest levels of income today and wealth tomorrow if you do sell. The acquisition mindset is a tool that helps you in all areas of your company, whether you are running a lifestyle company, a venture--backed company, a high growth company, or running a company on the side while you perform another day job.
The following tips will help you keep the acquisition mindset front and center.
Download now to learn how Microsoft® will soon retire service and support for Windows® XP, and with the deadline under a year away, your customers need to migrate from Windows® XP to
avoid the risk of business disruption and unforeseen IT and MDM support costs.
Published By: LogMeIn
Published Date: Jun 05, 2014
This research report delivers the information you need to remain a trusted IT expert to your clients and drive revenue in today's app-centric world.
Read this report to learn:
• The realities of BYOA and how it affects you and your customers
• The drivers for end user-introduced applications
• The risks associated with unmanaged cloud apps
• Key opportunities to expand your services portfolio by adding cloud apps and app management solutions
• How to gain a competitive advantage by embracing BYOA
As dependence on digital content and long-term data retention continues to increase, the volume of data managed by organizations is growing exponentially. And as businesses become more agile through the use of technology, there's still a price to pay: Conducting business requires uninterrupted access to data and systems. IBM delivers a portfolio of data protection and retention solutions that can improve efficiency in many ways. This ESG white paper will review the challenges introduced by data growth and how IBM data protection and retention products can improve storage efficiency.
Detects vulnerabilities throughout your infrastructure by scanning network devices, servers, web applications and databases, helps assess your security posture and provides remediation steps to help reduce risk and security operations costs.
Published By: Infrascale
Published Date: Mar 24, 2015
Most businesses recognize the importance of data management, backup and disaster recovery, but believe their current backup solution doesn’t meet their business needs.
According to Gartner, only 35% of small and medium businesses have backup plans and 70% aren’t confident with the statement: 'Our backup and disaster recovery operations are well managed and planned.
This is yesterday’s backup and it’s a risk that enterprises and SMBs can’t afford. What would an hour of downtime cost your business? Please register to learn more!
Published By: LogicNow
Published Date: Nov 02, 2015
Enterprise security threats are more challenging than ever. Cyber attackers are more sophisticated. Their attacks happen at an alarming rate with new malware variants and vulnerabilities emerging virtually every day.
Multiple research studies confirm that businesses (especially SMBs) are not prepared for the threats in this new landscape, which translates to a huge opportunity — and responsibility — for IT service providers (ITSPs).
This white paper will consider this opportunity and how Managed Service Providers (MSPs) and ITSPs can help their clients mitigate the inherent risks of doing business within this increasingly complex cyber threat landscape.
Whilst the FSI sector races to implement cutting-edge technologies such as AI, blockchain and automation, there are no mutually agreed upon set of best practices to implement these technologies. As a result, organisations are using their own blend
of strategic initiatives and company culture to drive innovation, with varying levels of success. To help, this article features advice from five of the leading experts in the FSI and technology sector today.
Several of the most visible tactics to kick-start innovation in FSI organisations include launching innovation or incubation centres, launching hackathons, partnering with or acquiring start-ups, venture investment or simply trying to develop solutions in house. Whilst each of these approaches has potential, there is a risk that organisations fall into the trap of innovation theatre, in other words, failing to effectively integrate cutting edge technology into key business functions.
One-fourth of all healthcare products today are temperature-sensitive and that number is growing. For many pharmaceutical or biologic shipments, 2 degrees Celsius is all that separates medicine from becoming spoiled inventory and a costly write-off. Here are four risk mitigation strategies for temperature-sensitive shipments.
An interactive white paper describing how to get smart about insider threat prevention - including how to guard against privileged user breaches, stop data breaches before they take hold, and take advantage of global threat intelligence and third-party collaboration.
Security breaches are all over the news, and it can be easy to think that all the enemies are outside your organization. But the harsh reality is that more than half of all attacks are caused by either malicious insiders or inadvertent actors.1 In other words, the attacks are instigated by people you’d be likely to trust. And the threats can result in significant financial or reputational losses.
There's an old saying in information security: "We want our network to be like an M&M, with a hard crunchy outside and a soft chewy center." For today's digital business, this perimeter-based security model is ineffective against malicious insiders and targeted attacks. Security and risk (S&R) pros must eliminate the soft chewy center and make security ubiquitous throughout the digital business ecosystem — not just at the perimeter. In 2009, we developed a new information security model, called the Zero Trust Model, which has gained widespread acceptance and adoption.
This report explains the vision and key concepts of the model. This is an update of a previously published report; Forrester reviews and updates it periodically for continued relevance and accuracy.