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Cybersecurity: Evolving Threats, Evolving Solutions

Cyber threats are no less abundant than in the past, but they’ve evolved to where the most dangerous easily circumvent traditional defenses. To cope with them — and an expected blizzard of threats against mobile and other information technology — government organizations will need to use a mix of old and new security technologies, and change how they think about cybersecurity.

Data loss prevention is a very old technology in Internet terms, but it’s far from obsolete. Even as newer and sexier security solutions battle for users’ attention, continuing stories about large and high-cost breaches mean DLP remains front and center in the security defense armory..
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The cloud continues to only strengthen its promise of lower costs and more flexible service options, but security concerns still dog government’s adoption of it. Much of that might be misplaced, experts say, but agency users still need to choose their providers carefully.
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Government has been relatively slow to adopt mobile for its communication needs compared to the private sector, but there’s no doubt it’s coming and soon. Agencies need to be ready for the onslaught of threats and malware that will arrive with it. Solutions are being prepared.
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As cyber threats evolve, do firewalls still have a role?
The traditional, stateful firewall is still a fixture in many agencies’ cybersecurity programs, but the more sophisticated attacks can easily get around them. Some think that firewalls may be on their way out. But next-generation firewalls, which offer so much more than their ancestors, have a major role to play.
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Advanced persistent threats have been part of the cyber landscape for a while, but came to the fore only recently. Trying to keep them out is a losing game, so government organizations must devise ways to cope with them and their stealthy ways.
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