Digital Enterprises and the Necessity of Cyber Resilience

Digital enterprises are constantly under attack as cyber criminals probe networks for vulnerabilities to exploit. In fact, the number of unique malware strains identified in 2015 alone increased 36 percent, according to newly published research. Learn why digital enterprises need to become more cyber resilient.

21st century cybersecurity defenses have fared very poorly. Today, suffering a data breach or a mischievous hack is only a matter of time. Despite concerted efforts by security professionals, cyber thieves still manage to steal a corporation's most valuable asset: Data. Given the evolving threat landscape, the challenge for digital enterprises is to build a cyber-resilient framework for remediating intrusions when attacks occur, not if attacks occur.

Cybersecurity by the numbers: Sobering facts

Recent research published by Hewlett Packard Enterprise, the Ponemon Institute and Symantec has revealed startling truths:

  • HPE and the Ponemon Institute say that the average cost of cybercrime per company exceeded $7 million in 2015.
  • The number of ransomware identified in the wild rose 35 percent in 2015.
  • An estimated one out of every 220 emails contains malware.

It is easy to see that today's cybersecurity best practices have become untenable.  It is not uncommon for attackers to probe the perimeter of a corporate network thousands of times per hour; some attackers try to leverage brute force methods and probe corporate networks for vulnerabilities thousands of times per minute.

It is the height of folly and madness for companies to continue to rely on old-hat techniques to secure their assets. Digital enterprises demand a new approach, which HPE has developed in partnership with IIS.

A new way of thinking: HPE security solutions

HPE, in partnership with the thought leaders at IIS, has fostered a fundamental shift in cybersecurity: A data-centric methodology to minimize the attack surface of intrusions.

The innovative approach completely flips the security model. In essence, instead of building defenses from the outside of an enterprise inward, this new approach places the data itself at the core of the security model. The focus shifts to make the data itself secure, then moves outward.

HPE and IIS have structured their solutions so that each component shields the data, regardless of its state: Data at rest, data in motion and data in use build a cyber-resilient, digital enterprise. The reasoning goes as follows: The data is the goal of hackers. If the data itself is encrypted across all its states, then even if it is stolen by criminals, the data itself cannot be comprised.  Doing so eliminates the incentive to hack into enterprises in the first place, because the data becomes impenetrable.

This innovative approach strengthens the overall enterprise security apparatus. The result is advancements in the following:

  • Application security
  • Endpoint security
  • Network security
  • Security analytics
  • Threat intelligence

When HPE’s security products and services are combined with IIS’ 25-years of industry expertise, the combined solution allows enterprises to transform this new security concept into a practical solution that is deeply tuned to the individual needs of the enterprise.

To learn more how moving to a data-centric cyber resilience approach can help your company get ahead of the threat detection and resolution curve, download the whitepaper entitled:  Building a cyber-resilient digital enterprise.

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