“Another big concern is the ongoing development of artificial intelligence. In the future, how will IS integrate, adapt and most likely defend against “thinking machines”? Just as we must not forget history, we must look to the future as well. The purpose of this history lesson is to ensure that we also learn from the past, not repeat it.”
In the past, things like viruses and trojan horses surfaced fairly infrequently. They happened, you read about them in a computer magazine, you fixed them. It was a fact of life.
But nowadays new threats are happening on a daily basis. (In fact at SecludIT, we’re spotting new vulnerabilities on a hourly basis, with around 20 issues a day being added to our threat list).
And the impact of these increasingly sophisticated threats is ever more serious. We all know the stories about company share values being decimated and CEOs falling on their own sword, so no need to elaborate on that here.
The important point is that the modern IT security team need to take a proactive approach to performing network audits and managing vulnerability assessments. As an article on the Security Current website (link below) says: “Denial of Service attacks, botnets, insider threats, cloud migration and mobile devices are some of the top challenges for IS (teams)”.
Modern hacking techniques need a modern response to prevent risks, and organisations have to adopt best practices according to evolving attack patterns. Most attacks are an aggregate of exploits of several vulnerabilities which may not seem that serious when viewed in isolation. So organisations can no longer ignore subtle signals and flaws. All vulnerabilities have be managed comprehensively.
Elastic Detector from SecludIT is a pioneer is proactive vulnerability assessments. An automated daily audit (it can be configured for hourly audits, if your network is particularly ‘at risk’) will highlight any weak points in the network, from a threat list which is updated daily.
As a differentiator, it’s worth noting that Elastic Detector can audit clones of servers. This has three key benefits:
1) there is no degradation in network performance;
2) clones can be more aggressively tested than operational servers;
3) stopped machines can be cloned as well for testing.
Check out the thought-provoking story about proactive network testing on the Security Current website.