Like most people, I like to spend some time reflecting on what I learned in the past year as a way to prepare for the start of a new one. Being in mainframe security, I like to stay on top of what’s going on both locally and globally in the cybersecurity landscape. I expected data breaches to escalate globally in 2016 and boy, did they ever. In fact, 2016 has the dishonorable distinction of being the year of the two biggest data breaches in the history of cybersecurity: the hack of the Democratic National Committee and breaches in healthcare, point-of-sale technology and in the federal government. The cost to organizations also increased sharply. The Ponemon Institute found that the average annual cost of a data breach was $7 million—an annual increase of 1 percent in every year for the past three years.
I can tell you with absolute certainty that based on what we learned in 2016, 2017 is going to present even more sophisticated and pernicious attacks. When you’re witnessing this kind of upward trajectory in cybercrime, you have to ask yourself—what can I do to make sure this doesn’t happen to my company? The good news is there are ways to protect your information. According to Steve Durbin, managing director of the Information Security Forum, “The solution is to prepare for the unknown with an informed threat outlook. Better preparation will provide organizations of all sizes with the flexibility to withstand unexpected, high-impact security events.”
The mainframe specialists at InfoSec are constantly looking at new ways to help companies protect one of their biggest investments—their mainframe. Take our Mainframe Event Acquisition System™ (MEAS™). It was designed from the ground up to enable mainframe users to collect, store, report and analyze data in real time, through seamless integration with commercial Event Management (EM) and Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) technologies like McAfee ESM and ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO), Splunk, HP ArcSight, IBM QRadar, Dell SecureWorks and many others. This real time insight into your data is a first line of defense against the kind of escalating cyber threats we saw this past year.
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Until next time…