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December 2013 Vol. 15 / No. 10

Feature: Enhanced threat detection: The next (front) tier in security

Threat detection has moved beyond signature-based firewalls and intrusion detection systems to include newer technologies that monitor content and communications. These tier-two technologies are not included in security budgets, however, for many reasons. The primary one: These newer systems and services -- security intelligence, threat forecasting and modeling, breach detection systems, forensics -- are excluded due to a myopic focus on conventional best practices or outdated regulatory compliance. Security at the highest level can be broken down to people, process and technology. The people and process requirements are going to be different depending on company revenue, industry vertical and geographic location. However, security technology and threat detection, for the most part, have remained relatively consistent and static across most industry verticals, with the inclusion of tier-one security technologies. These technologies are considered the foundation of security best practices: firewalls, antivirus, intrusion ...

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