In an increasingly open network environment, financial institutions must protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of networks, applications and data. Regulatory and industry requirements, such as Gramm-Leach-Bliley, Visa CISP and to some extent HIPAA, define strict standards for network availability and security best practices — and stiff penalties for failure to meet or prove compliance with those standards. In addition, customers and employees alike demand 24/7 availability to critical financial information, and do not tolerate security breaches or unexpected interruptions in service.
Retail organizations often operate and manage highly distributed and complex computing networks with many physical points-of-presence and Point of Sale (POS) terminals. Sitting at the very edge of the network, POS terminals are vulnerable to a litany of the most debilitating cyber-attacks.
There are many factors that make the chemical and pharmaceutical industry especially attractive to online attackers, including its vast amount of intellectual property, the role it plays in critical infrastructure and the mass destruction that could be caused if certain chemicals were to be released into the atmosphere. With so much at stake, chemical and pharmaceutical facilities must maintain high levels of vigilance when it comes to cyber security.
Manufacturing companies typically handle massive, complex and geographically dispersed networks. Administrators not only have to ensure network performance and security, but must also protect the company’s intellectual property (IP), such as new product designs or prototype information, from being leaked or stolen. In today's era of Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs), companies with valuable intellectual property can never be too vigilant when it comes to online security.
In light of increasingly sophisticated and high profile cyber-attacks, government organizations are embracing innovative solutions that provide more comprehensive protection, visibility and continuous monitoring to combat advanced threats.
The service provider industry must be vigilant in protecting its networks from online attackers due to the key role it plays in critical infrastructure and the number of businesses and individuals that depend upon it every day. Service providers must diligently protect their customers from distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, performance issues and malware originating from external attackers or other customers’ networks.
Leaders in the technology industry cannot afford to make sacrifices when it comes to security. When working with reputable technology providers, users expect that their assets and data will remain protected from cyber-attacks, including even the most nefarious, targeted attacks lurking on the Internet today.
Utilities face a difficult network operations and security climate. On the one hand, these organizations have massive, geographically diverse operations, including huge numbers of remote offices and mobile field technicians, which many traditional security technologies do not scale to protect. On the other hand, due to the criticality of utilities and energy providers in our daily lives, they are a prime target for cyber terrorists and others who wish to make a big impact.
The focus for healthcare providers is typically on saving lives, not so much on security. Unfortunately, the two go hand-in-hand. The success of patient treatment is heavily dependent upon the availability of electronic patient records. Simply stated, when electronic records are not available due to network or security issues, the quality of patient care declines. Even more concerning, recent research has indicated that it is often extremely easy for attackers to hack into life-saving hospital equipment including X-ray machines and defibrillators.
Colleges and universities face unique challenges when it comes to network performance and security due to their massive networks, open, widely distributed computing environments and tech-savvy users. This fast, open transfer of information underpins the collaboration necessary for scientific exploration to flourish. And yet, these same institutions often work with secret data, proprietary trade secrets or government information that must remain classified.