5 ways to boost security when traditional tools fall short

Security attacks against businesses are becoming more frequent and complex, and this recent survey says many of the security tools IT departments rely on are having trouble keeping up. 

Those common technologies are having a hard time blocking sophisticated new attacks, according to a recent survey from application delivery vendor F5 Networks.

For example, among the 1,000 organizations surveyed:

  1. 42% have had a firewall fail due to high traffic loads during network-layer denial of service (DoS) attacks in the past 12 months, and
  2. 36% have had a firewall fail during an application-level DoS attack.

Overall, 38% of respondents said their traditional tools protect their networks less than “somewhat well” when confronted with complex, blended threats.

Firewalls and other security technologies still have a place in IT’s security plan, but they can’t be the entire picture. Here are five recommendations from F5 about other security steps IT can take:

  • Unify the security framework — Since most attacks today are blended, it’s no longer effective to have separate teams working on different areas such as network security, endpoint security, etc. — those groups must constantly be in close communication with each other.
  • Understand attack context — Unifying security across multiple layers will also help organizations see the full nature of their vulnerabilities and help them prevent future attacks.
  • Respond and adapt — With how quickly attackers’ methods evolve these days, it’s more important than ever for organizations to choose tools than can quickly adapt to new vulnerabilities.
  • Understand the scale of new threats — As global hacking organizations have risen in prominence, it’s important for organizations to be able to scale their defenses appropriately.
  • Use the security community — Security professionals and IT leaders should communicate with their peers inside and outside their own organizations to help come up with solutions to security threats.

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