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Lumension Reviews The IT Security Scene Of 2010

Lumension Security : 17 December, 2010  (Technical Article)
Increased emphasis on protection against cyber threats characterises 2010 in terms of IT security according to Lumension
Alan Bentley, SVP International at Lumension, comments on the events that he believes have shaped the security industry in 2010:

"This year we've seen a more concerted effort from the industry to identify and release updates for new vulnerabilities, with the combination of Microsoft and Oracle delivering one of the biggest patch loads on record. The hacking community is continuing to advance its techniques in order to breach the defences of organisations. Businesses and governments have found themselves caught up in all-out cyber warfare and are racing to protect themselves.

"The insider threat level escalated during 2010. It moved from employees leaving laptops on the train to employees leaking information for political or monetary purposes. Shell kicked things off in February when its 176,000-member database was leaked, exposing staff to potential threat from environmental activists, whilst in recent weeks WikiLeaks has demonstrated how easy it is for whistleblowers to leak confidential information. This escalating threat-level has thrown the hacking community into the media spotlight and with all eyes on them, attacks will continue to gather momentum.

"Finally, this year we have seen a resurgence of M&A activity. The traditional big players are buying up the middle layer, with the likes of Symantec acquiring PGP, IBM taking BigFix and EMC signing up Archer. But the Intel acquisition of McAfee shifted the focus, with industry attention turning to the top layer of the security stack. Only time will tell how this will pan out, but the implications of this new acquisition strategy from market giants has serious implications for the growth of the security industry as a whole."
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