Ten Ways the IT Department Enables Cyber Crime - Slide 6

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Consideration of comprehensive security schemes involves multiple capabilities. These basic capabilities are protection, detection and response. Anti-virus products are often overlooked, considered to be commodities, and automatically renewed annually. This results in the quality of detection and response capabilities also being overlooked. As Kasperksy has demonstrated, these are imperative elements in your security strategy. And, there is a vast spectrum of protection, performance, manageability, deployment capability and support in the industry.

The focus of many organizations is shifting to newer security technologies, such as DLP, Encryption, etc. While those are helpful tools, the overall number of malware incidents and infections continues to grow. An IDC survey found that 46 percent of organizations experienced an increase in malware incidents, while only 16 percent experienced a decrease. The SMB environment (500 to 2,499 employees) had the most dramatic difference, with 44 percent seeing an increase in malware and only seven percent seeing a decrease.

That means malware is still slipping through these enhanced prevention measures, demonstrating that increased emphasis must be paid to detection and response capabilities. IT departments have invested in protection mechanisms at the gateway, yet open up wide doors for employees to surf the Web without the proper detection mechanisms in place to ensure that criminals are detected and effectively blocked.

Because cyber criminals today target the endpoint, robust detection and response technology needs to be deployed at the endpoint to protect it from malware designed by cyber criminals to steal data, credentials and revenues.

End-user demands for access to the World Wide Web and all of the communication vehicles that it affords are at an all-time high. Business demands for those same communication vehicles are also on the rise. The mobility of employees and company data present a growing challenge and keeping up with the exponentially growing cyber crime threat is daunting.

As a result, and often without their knowledge or understanding, many IT departments have become accomplices to cyber crime. This slideshow explains the various ways that corporate IT departments are enabling cyber crime in our environments, and provides some guidelines to prevent this dangerous, destructive practice from continuing.

This slideshow features 10 ways that IT departments are enabling cyber criminals today, as identified by Kaspersky Lab experts, and offers ways to stop them.


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