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Free guide to internal IT threats

Promisec : 20 August, 2008  (Technical Article)
Promisec's online encyclopaedia to internal network security threats provides useful guide to business managers on creating a global response to IT threat management
Promisec has released an online encyclopaedia of internal network security threats. The encyclopaedia, which can be viewed by anyone for free, is continually updated with detailed explanations of the latest internal threats, and can be accessed at the Promisec web site.

The Internal Threat Encyclopaedia lists and dates dozens of potential threats and ranks them on a five part scale, ranging from 'extremely critical' to 'not critical.' The newest threats, such as Timbuktu, TightVNC, and PC-Duo, are included and described with information on manufacturer, systems affected, relevant links, and date added. In addition, the site contains monthly charts showing how internal network risk trends have changed in the past year, an internal security tips and tricks section, articles on recent internal security incidents, an overview of internal threats, and a wide array of other resources.

'While companies like McAfee and Symantec have online databases of external security threats, no one has developed an encyclopaedia of internal threats, and we wanted to be the first to do it,' said Alan Komet, vice president of Promisec. 'Internal threats are rising at an alarming rate and are the biggest risk to a company's security. Our Black List database has detection for over 1000 programs today and continues to expand monthly. We hope our encyclopaedia will raise awareness of the growing problem and educate the market so companies can take proactive steps to prevent internal security disasters which can destroy them in an instant.'

The Internal Threat Encyclopaedia is part of the Promisec Risk Centre, a resource for real-time statistics highlighting the most significant internal network threats as well as those that are newly discovered. The Risk Centre identifies existing levels of insider threats, unveils emerging network security risks and provides strategies to protect against their presence. To gain immediate access to the Promisec Risk Centre for Internal Network Threats, visit the Promisec site and register to receive instant updates on emerging internal network threats as they are found by Promisec research teams.

Promisec conducts extensive research on the latest internal network security risks, writes research papers, and reports on recent trends. In its latest audit of more than 100,000 PCs and servers across a wide range of industries, Promisec found that not even one organisation was completely clean from internal threats, and the minimum number of threats found was three. In addition, the trend showed an alarming rise in internal security threats in just the past year alone, with some threats increasing by more than 200-fold from 2007 to 2008. The research can be viewed at the Promisec Risk Centre.
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