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June 2012

Information security threats: Building risk resilience

The array and complexity of information security threats is going to rise significantly over the next two years, and businesses that fail to prepare now will struggle to handle the challenges later. While individual threats continue to pose risk, it is the combination of them, along with the speed at which attacks may be launched, that provide the greatest danger.  This increasingly complex threat landscape is comprised of: External threats that come from the increasing sophistication of cybercrime, state-sponsored espionage, activism moving online, and attacks on systems used to manage critical infrastructure in the real world. Regulatory threats that come as regulators grapple to implement legislation calling for greater transparency about incidents and security preparedness, all the while increasing requirements for data privacy. Internal threats that come as technology continues to develop at “tweetneck” speed, introducing new benefits but also raising the risk temperature as businesses adopt them without fully assessing the...

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