Throughout 2014, cyber threats and hacking scandals have never been far from the headlines, from celebrity photo leaks to the news that millions of eBay accounts had been compromised earlier this year. In fact, just this week it has transpired that an advanced piece of malware, labelled Regin, has been used in spying campaigns since 2008.
The emergence of cloud, mobile and social media has completely changed the security landscape. Advanced targeted attacks are becoming more prevalent than traditional cyber-attacks; cybercrime is not just for amateurs, but is instead becoming a lucrative and profitable industry; and cyber warfare between countries is now a reality.
Consequently, in the business arena, security has been escalated to a top priority in the boardrooms of small and medium companies through to large enterprises. The damage to a company caused by security flaws can be disastrous, which is why we are seeing a surge in action being taken by CIOs.
Each organisation takes a different approach: from investment in cutting edge security tools, such as biometric readers for identity authentication, to education programmes ensuring security awareness is present at every level of the organisation. This progress is fantastic, but securing business data and infrastructure begins long before it reaches employees and end users.
To ensure protection right from the source, service providers need to be engaged in threat prevention, using scale and volume to become guardians for downstream enterprise and mobile customers. At Tata Communications, this takes the form of our global threat intelligence and multi-vendor service platform, spread across multiple geographies globally to prevent attacks at the source.
This kind of protection spans three main security threats:
Only by considering these threats upstream and working with a partner that can combat such risks, can CIOs truly secure their business at every step of the journey. In 2015, as security continues to be a crucial part of the board agenda, the winners in business will be those that embrace this all-encompassing approach from source right through to end user.
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