SpectorSoft Predicts That IT Security Will Become a Competitive Advantage in
C-Level Business Executives Will Demand Increased IT Security, Threat
Intelligence Will Provide Real Time Detection and Alert Capabilities,
and Enterprises Will Increase Scrutiny of Snowden-like Privileged
VERO BEACH, FL -- (Marketwired) -- 01/14/14 -- SpectorSoft, the
leading provider of insider threat detection solutions, today
announced its 2014 predictions for the IT security market.
SpectorSoft has compiled its predictions based on thoughtful analysis
of security trends and events that have taken place over the past
several years, first-hand knowledge of short- and long-term
enterprise security concerns, and involvement in situations where
enterprises and government agencies have used its solutions to
detect, investigate and even convict a number of high-profile
Prediction: Like the Green movement, IT Security will become a
competitive advantage in fight to win customer trust.
enterprises have avoided speaking publicly about their IT security
programs due not only to corporate policies governing how vendors may
or may not name them as customers but also due to their wish to avoid
being perceived as having a large volume of data that needs to be
protected against cybercriminals. In 2014, this attitude will change.
In the same way that they promote their commitment to the Green
movement to attract the segment of the population that demands
environmental protections, enterprises will start to publicize their
IT security programs to retain and attract the growing ranks of
consumer and business customers demanding absolute levels of data
security and privacy.
Prediction: Beyond the breach, C-level executives will demand
increased IT security.
When major data breaches occur -- such as the
recent Target disaster that compromised the personal information of
as many as 40 million payment-card users -- C-level executives tend
to get involved for public relations reasons and to approve sizable
payments to organizations providing mitigation services. Breaches
such as Target's and others that hit organizations in 2013, including
NSA, Zynga, HTC Corp., The New York Times and Twitter, will force
C-level executives to demand increased IT security. They will also
become more concerned with security operations on an ongoing basis
and support investments that provide security from both external and
Prediction: Threat intelligence will provide real-time detection and
The never-ending parade of headlines about data
breaches driven by insiders and external actors demonstrates that
legacy, new and advanced security solutions and intelligence are
failing to detect and mitigate threats. In fact, a recent NSS Labs
report revealed that only 19 out of 606 technology combinations were
effective in detecting exploits. In 2014, enterprises will invest in
threat intelligence -- about both insiders and outsiders -- that
allows their organizations to detect threats, provide real-time
alerts, and then make informed decisions about how to quickly
neutralize and remove them.
Prediction: Healthcare.gov could experience an insider-driven
The IT security community is assessing whether or not
technology flaws in the Healthcare.gov Web applications could lead to
a consumer data breach of monumental proportions. Insiders who
already have access to information-gathering servers, databases and
document file shares may wish to make a political statement, gain
worldwide fame, embarrass program proponents or even stall progress.
Prediction: The Internet of Things will present different industries
with specific challenges.
As the Internet of Things (IoT) expands to
connect virtually all devices, applications and software used to
conduct business, so too will the number of workers being granted
access to information expand. An example of one industry that will
experience significant IoT-related challenges is healthcare. The
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act requires meaningful use of
Electronic Health Records (EHR) by 2014. This means demand for
skilled health-informatics workers could increase by as much as 20
percent to meet the new requirements, according to the U.S. Bureau of
Labor Statistics. Suddenly, many paper-based practices will need EHR
keepers, specialists in healthcare IT systems, or even informatics
directors and consultants. Additional staff dedicated to EHR
management means expanded access to some of the most sensitive and
regulated information available, a situation that will increase
data-breach and compliance risks to the highest levels yet seen.
Prediction: In the wake of Edward Snowden, there will be renewed
focus on privileged users.
While enterprises have always had
concerns when it comes to the access rights of privileged users, they
have frequently failed to learn from the long string of Snowden-like
breaches that occur regularly. The definition of an insider threat is
the use of authorized access in an improper way. Given the amount of
damage that can be caused by a highly privileged user, many companies
in 2014 will start to apply significant scrutiny to the activities of
users in these roles.
SpectorSoft is the leader in computer and mobile
device User Activity Monitoring and analysis software. SpectorSoft
has helped more than 36,000 businesses, government organizations,
schools, and law enforcement agencies improve how they address
security and achieve compliance across communication and computing
OSs and devices. SpectorSoft solutions review security risk, audit
compliance mandates, protect assets and reputation, ensure adherence
to Acceptable Use Policies, and optimize productivity and efficiency.
For more information, visit www.spectorsoft.com.
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