By Michael Callahan, Director, WW Security Product Marketing, HP Networking
Ever had one of those feelings like you left the garage door open? This is a common feeling for security professionals. There are so many “garage doors” that you never feel completely comfortable. Sometimes you get to the point where you feel good about what you’ve deployed and how you’re protected. But you still have that feeling that something may not be right.
Cyber crime happens—and you don’t even know it
There’s an interesting dynamic in security where many thefts are performed through acts that look legitimate. In order to access systems or information, an attacker needs an identity. Many times your unsuspecting end user has their corporate identity borrowed to do something they otherwise might not do. This may be as serious as stealing company data or it may be the users computer is being borrowed to send messages.
Most often the end user has no idea their identity has been compromised and privileges escalated so the attacker steals information. This person unintentionally becomes the source through which data is pulled out of a company and sold or used for some sort of gain. But all is not hopeless.
How HP helps you boost enterprise security
HP can prevent this from happening through a security intelligence and risk management framework. This framework delivers context to security information delivering security intelligence and at the same time takes automated, proactive security actions. As an example, HP ArcSight has a solution called IdentityView that alerts you when someone does something that seems out of place for their job function. Like a finance person running a network scan for open shares. In addition, HP TippingPoint can automatically block connections to or from bad websites. Many times, once someone breaks in they receive commands from a site that is already known to be bad. In this case, TippingPoint’s Reputation Digital Vaccine (RepDV) compares the requested connection to a database of several million known to be bad addresses and blocks as appropriate.
So even though you may never completely get away from the feeling that something isn’t right in your environment, you can rest a little easier knowing that HP is blocking many of the open garage doors you may not be aware of.
Mark you calendar: it’s Cyber Security Awareness month
October 2011 marks the eighth annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security in cooperation with the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC). So it’s a great time to read up on the topic:
>>Please visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website for additional information on increasing your organization’s security awareness.
>>Check out this related blog post: What are the top cyber risks to your enterprise security?
>> Head to SearchNetworking.com: Mortgage lender taps HP TippingPoint for virtualization security .
>> Learn more about HP’s Enterprise Security Solutions.