Around 40 percent of the world’s population is connected to the Internet. In 1995, it was less than 1 percent.
The first billion was reached in 2005 and the second in 2010. In 2014, the third billion was reached. With connectivity growing by leaps and bounds, there are few areas of our lives that are still disconnected from the Internet. From the smartphone we use to text friends and post pictures to Facebook and Instagram social media to the GPS that guides our daily commute, most products nowadays require some form of connection.
Yet, as connectivity increases, so too do the security issues surrounding it. Even before we turn on our connected devices, such as tablets, security protection is critical. This is even more true for organizations, where data is vulnerable to theft or misuse. Enterprises need to ensure privacy protection and address security exposure to minimize the risk of intrusions.
The development of security technologies such as encrypted VPN transmission, authentication, encryption and analysis has staved off many security threats, but as soon as they diminish, newer, more sophisticated ones seem to arise. As cloud computing data centers proliferate, companies are also faced with the challenge of securing data traveling within the cloud and counteracting distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.
With the evolution of the Internet of Things (IoT) technology of connected devices and services, additional security threats have emerged. The risk of IoT devices becoming a launch pad for assaults on core systems puts entire infrastructures at risk. Therefore, network monitoring solutions that can combat persistent threats, phishing, mobile malware and data exfiltration are invaluable.
With network forensics that can capture, store and analyze network events, network performance can be secured and breaches can be circumvented. Savvius Vigil, for example, enables event-triggered storage of network packets in order to respond to incidents effectively. By storing months of network traffic information, IT security professionals gain unequaled visibility into security threats on their networks.