2017 was a global wake-up call to get serious about addressing the cyber threat landscape. Unprecedented levels of cyber attacks played out as large-scale, multi-vector mega attacks that inflicted major damage on business and reputation. As a result, we find ourselves in the midst of the fifth generation of cyber attacks. To remain operationally secure now, businesses require a new generation of cyber security: Gen V.
In Q1 2018, Check Point surveyed 443 security professionals around the world about their security infrastructures. The results showed that most security infrastructures are generationally and dangerously behind the level of attacks they must protect against. This state of affairs is urgent and startling.
Hackers are exploiting the fact that most organizations rely on older generations of security. As the sophistication and scale of attacks has grown, previous generations of security, which merely detect, are no longer effective. Increased connectivity has created a vast new frontier – a target-rich hunting ground for cyber attackers and illicit acts. And with every successful advancement of malicious activity, a new generation of IT security has spawned. What’s needed for the latest generation of cyberattacks: advanced real-time threat prevention that protects all networks, virtual, cloud, remote office and mobile operations.
Likewise, cyber security protection adapted accordingly with each passing generation:
Attackers operate freely and can advance without hindrance. Meanwhile, businesses are held back by up-time requirements, change control, compliance controls, staffing shortages, budget restrictions – and best-of-breed security infrastructures. Adding more products to an already operationally heavy security infrastructure compounds the problem. The bottom line is that business cannot keep up.
Most businesses are stuck in the world of 2nd- and 3rd-generation security, which only protects against viruses, application attacks, and payload delivery. Networks, virtualized data centers, cloud environments, and mobile devices are left exposed. To ensure a cyber secure organization, businesses must evolve to 5th-generation security: advanced threat prevention that uniformly prevents attacks on a business’s entire IT infrastructure.
Gen V security leaves the patch work, best-of-breed deployments of the past behind. Instead, it’s characterized by an architecture that unifies all networks, cloud, and mobile, supported by automatic and immediate threat intelligence.
5th-generation security is marked by key advancements over the prior 4th-generation security:
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