Whatever your industry, Tufin Orchestration Suite provides a comprehensive Security Policy Orchestration solution to meet your needs. It provides security managers with a single pane of glass for managing security policies across network firewalls, private cloud and public cloud. Tufin reduces attack surface for mitigation of cyber threats and enables continuous compliance with enterprise and industry standards. Now network security changes and policies can be assessed and implemented in minutes and audit preparation time reduced by 70%, regardless of industry.
The financial services industry consistently finds itself at the top of the most targeted lists for hackers, making it into the top 3 industries affected in this year’s Verizon Data Breach Investigation Report. These institutions have always been a massive target for hackers due to abundance of sensitive data traveling east-west and north-south across ththey have on hand, which is growing significantly on a daily basis. With more data to steal comes more attempts to steal it, right? And though reports found an 8% increase in detected security incidents last year, as well as a 24% jump in financial losses associated ($3.4M), information security budgets show barely any growth.
The good news is that security standards and regulations have been enforced that must be met, such as PCI DSS, to ensure nothing falls through the cracks. The bad news is that not only is it on the financial institution itself to determine, validate and enforce these compliance regulations, but stricter guidelines are being proposed more and more frequently. The financial industry simply is not prepared. Another major challenge these financial institutions are facing is they aren’t implementing the most efficient or appropriate processes or technologies for their particular business operations, nor are they adequately addressing threats from third parties or employees with access to the data. When you’re in the business of money, and you lose your customers’ money or personal data, you risk losing that customer.
With the responsibility of ensuring mass communication to millions of people across the globe, evolving technologies like the Cloud computing and mobile access, and the attack surface of most telecom enterprise networks is increasing daily. Decision-makers in the telecom sector need to be as proactive as possible in protecting the data of the millions of people who rely on their communication tools every day. The telecom sector contains some of the most revolutionary technology we’ve seen to date – including the highly anticipated eruption of wearable technology and IoT.
With the introduction of these advanced technologies will come a greatly increased area of attack for cyber-criminals. Now that most ‘things’ will be connected to the Internet, and 55% of consumers are interested in such technology in their homes, it is crucial that telecommunications companies begin planning more strategic security processes to ensure the data of their millions of users remains safe, regardless of where it resides. According to researchers at EY, “consumer trust levels are in decline as regulators revisit data protection guidelines.” Consumers want the latest technology, but don’t want to give up the information these companies need, and definitely don’t want that information at risk of being breached.
Managed Service Providers
MSPs handle particularly sensitive client data as information ranges from business operations data to private personal data, like financial information and social security numbers. This puts them at a heightened risk for serious attacks. There are several factors involved in the evolving recognition of the need for increased security within the MSP industry. First of all, we have a massive network of small to midsized businesses – most of which rely on MSPs to protect their data, network, employees and customers from cybercrime.
When you also consider the fact that today there are so many devices in existence that MSPs are responsible for protecting, things get more complicated. In the same vein, enterprises are more frequently implementing BYOD programs, adding more devices to the network for MSPs to keep track of and secure. With the increasingly global (and mobile) environment of today’s business practices, MSPs are deploying security solutions that must reach remote locations, covering all devices – with this, the network perimeter has become much more difficult to secure.
Utilities & Energy
One of the most feared attack surfaces is a nation’s power grid, and for good reason. If cyberwar erupts and a nation’s power grid is hacked, everything that keeps a society afloat could essentially crumble. Over the years, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has conducted several tests that prove that real cyber-attacks on the grid are very possible, and can cause very real physical damage if not prevented. To further the concern, researchers have discovered that 2014 brought a six-fold increase in detected cyber incidents.
A common belief in the energy industry is that most organizations rely much too heavily on risk-based calculations borrowed from the business side of things – ones that don’t necessarily match up with the level of protection needed by a critical infrastructure. Hence the need for energy IT professionals to look deeper into the processes in place to ensure they have the most custom plan of attack appropriate to their industry. For example, although a majority of these incidents are still caused by employees internally, researchers have seen a 40% increase in incidents attributed to hacktivists, which requires a different set of tools or policies than an industry with only employee-caused incidents. Now there is an urgent need for more stringent standards–especially in the area of cyber security–to protect the Bulk Electric System (BES) of the North American power grid from the dramatic rise in cyber threats in recent years. This has led to the development of CIP Version 5 (CIP V5).
Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals
The Healthcare industry is experiencing cyberattacks more and more often with the widespread implementation of advanced medical and operational technologies such as electronic medical records (EMRs). Researchers cite a 60% increase in security incidents, 32% resulting in identity theft, and a whopping 282% increase in financial losses resulting from security incidents. And according security researchers. “A rise in cyber attacks against doctors and hospitals is costing the U.S. healthcare system $6 billion a year as organized criminals who once targeted retailers and financial firms increasingly go after medical records.”
Not to mention, with these new EMR technologies comes a greatly increased area of attack for hackers to retrieve not only vital financial information, but personal medical records that could be used to a hacker’s advantage. Even more concerning is the pattern of a change in threat actors from accidental compromises to more targeted hacktivists. The good news for the healthcare industry is that the IT leaders are taking these threats seriously –investment in information security rose 66% last year, and overall IT spending is up 53%. While it’s important to have enough budgeted to combat these challenges, it’s also important to note that even if organizations spend their entire IT budget on new security tools, if they fail to properly manage them, they will likely fail to prevent such security incidents.
Researchers in recent years have determined that the Higher Education sector is one of the most vulnerable to information security attacks, some citing that a whopping 35% of all data breaches took place in higher education in 2014. Why? Colleges and Universities host a wealth of information mostly on open networks – from SS numbers to payment information to your middle name – you want it, your college has it. A key issue surrounding this growing problem is the security – or lack thereof – of these institution’s networks.
With increased use of mobile and BYOD for faculty and staff combined with more and more student-owned personal devices taking over the network, there is a clear need for more stringent policies and management of these policies before the network becomes a tangled web of insecure data. Alongside the policies, there is a need for better security processes as the response time for the existing security policies to take effect is drastically elongated with out-of-date processes.
Government agencies hold a large amount of sensitive data from a wide variety of sources that are appealing to cyber criminals. So, it’s absolutely necessary that they put the proper precautions in place to prevent attacks. A key problem, however, is that though there may be fewer breaches, there is much more data available to steal if a hacker is to break in. In 2014, about 1.73M data records containing financial or Social Security information were compromised in government data breaches—3 times more than the year before.
Criminals used stolen data to gain access to past I.R.S. tax returns. Governments across the globe are undergoing change in their data centers, and virtualizing more services in their networks, making it much more complex than before. With the rise of virtualization and software defined data centers (SDDCs), comes a clear need to put in place more stringent policies in an effort to minimize risk automatically.
In the manufacturing industry, the goal of attackers is more likely to be intellectual property such as proprietary information on inventory, production systems and manufacturing processes, to disrupt a business or brand, rather than financial gain. One of the most important aspects of the manufacturing or industrial network is that it keeps growing in a global capacity. Manufacturing operations for a US-based company can have plants in dozens of locations across the world – leaving the enterprise network wide open to cyber threats.
With advanced technology and virtualization, manufacturers can now communicate in real-time, sharing information across the supply chain in seconds and increasing visibility into the actual data on-hand. You may not see these breaches make headlines since only 2-10% are reported but since 2001 there has been a sharp increase in manufacturing security incidents. There is a clear need for flexible and automated security policy management that will not interrupt the operational efficiency that comes along with advanced manufacturing technologies.
Target. Home Depot. Staples. Some of the largest data breaches in recent memory were attempts to steal vulnerable information from more than 100 million retail consumers across the world. Unlike other industries, when hackers target retail organizations, there is a greater likelihood of financial gain. Additionally, there has been a significant upsurge in third-party threats. Because there is a gap between the actual retailer and the payment services providers, there is now much more room for error and attack – pointing out a need for customized security solutions based on the risks associated with a particular business.
In recent years, cyber criminals have released new malware and phishing campaigns aimed at point-of-sale (POS) systems, catching retailers by surprise. Though attacks on POS systems aren’t new, cyber criminals are finding more innovative methods of attack every day, which indicates the need for those threatened to be able to adapt flexibly – whether through policies or processes. Innovation strikes retailers twice with the introduction of advanced technologies(Cloud, BYOD, mobile) – organizations are implementing them before they know how to sufficiently secure them across the enterprise network.
The transportation sector is one that has come into the spotlight more and more in terms of network security recently. Between the concept (and experimentation) with automated cars, reported aviation breaches and the numerous attack options, this may be one of the most difficult sectors to secure. Included in the transportation umbrella are: aviation, highway infrastructure and motor carrier, maritime transportation system, mass transit and passenger rail, pipeline systems, freight rail and postal and shipping, each of which presents security challenges of their own.
One of the primary evolving security challenges within transportation includes a web of systems with integrated functions which are designed to work together within an information-sharing environment. However, if one function goes awry, what will happen to the entire network? The main challenge indicated by experts in the industry is in maintaining integration between this complex web of systems. And each sector of the transportation industry has its own set of regulations and standards. It’s crucial that network security managers have the appropriate tools and processes to assure business continuity by minimizing network and application downtime and reduce attack surface.