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5 Challenges Facing IT Security in 2015

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There are many challenges threatening the domain of IT security. These are expected to assume new character in 2015 and pose significant threats. The following guest blog takes a look at these risks and possible solutions that can help organizations tackle the issues.

Every year, the challenges that the domain of IT security faces assumes new character. These threats that pose a danger for computer networks have become technically sophisticated in nature, more organized, and difficult to detect. Not only this, the scenarios where these attacks can be blocked and countered have greatly reduced. The economic consequences of security fraud thus impact the reliability of network infrastructure as well as nation security.

This being said, itâs imperative to take a look at the five key challenges that IT security professionals are likely to face in 2015.
1.Obstruction of computer networks:
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Since the best technology practices have not yet proven effective enough to prevent sophisticated security attacks, the need to have superior network strategies has become the need of the hour. Tactical schemes have to be developed to direct all concentration onto the software and network systems. By investigating all suspicious activities, a lot of evidence can be generated relating to the attack.
2.DDoS attacks:
5 Challenges Facing IT Security in 2015 - Image 2
Distributed denial-of-service attacks have gained immense popularity with attackers. This will pose a significant problem in 2015. Organizations who have successfully protected their networks against these threats have done quite a few things - analyze the risk of DDoS attack events ahead of time; develop responsive processes to tackle with such events; and conduct real drills to ensure that these work as expected.
3. IT consumerization:
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By switching over to cloud, businesses have witness loss of control over accessibility to computer systems on which work is carried out. There is a degree of visibility loss as well. This is not only limited to cloud but with other bring-your-own-device (BYOD) programs, IT professionals feel there should be better control over software load, configuration, etc. Organizations must now start asking for better network visibility.
4. Password issues:
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It has been noted that passwords are slowly reaching the end of their life and adopting an alternative authentication arrangement can be difficult. As a result, motivating users to use longer pass phrases along with auditing networks that run on weak passwords can be two important steps towards resolving the issue.
5. The insider threat:
5 Challenges Facing IT Security in 2015 - Image 5
Conventionally, the insider threat has been seen as a high-consequence risk but at the same time, it has also been regarded as a low-frequency risk as well. Because of this, many IT organizations have found it extremely challenging to design highly effective strategies to mitigate risk. There is conflict among security professionals over the right approach but some solutions have been seen in the offing.
By being prepared with effective tactical plans, organizations can face these challenges head on. Certified ethical hacking training (by acquiring a CEH v8 certification) can come in extremely useful. A closer look at their internal networks and security systems will prove useful and contribute towards managing risk and other threats.

Get enrolled in CEH v8 training course today and become a certified ethical hacker.



There are many challenges threatening the domain of IT security. These are expected to assume new character in 2015 and pose significant threats. The following guest blog takes a look at these risks and possible solutions that can help organizations tackle the issues.

Every year, the challenges that the domain of IT security faces assumes new character. These threats that pose a danger for computer networks have become technically sophisticated in nature, more organized, and difficult to detect. Not only this, the scenarios where these attacks can be blocked and countered have greatly reduced. The economic consequences of security fraud thus impact the reliability of network infrastructure as well as nation security.

This being said, itâs imperative to take a look at the five key challenges that IT security professionals are likely to face in 2015.

1.Obstruction of computer networks:

5 Challenges Facing IT Security in 2015 - Image 1

Since the best technology practices have not yet proven effective enough to prevent sophisticated security attacks, the need to have superior network strategies has become the need of the hour. Tactical schemes have to be developed to direct all concentration onto the software and network systems. By investigating all suspicious activities, a lot of evidence can be generated relating to the attack.

2.DDoS attacks:

5 Challenges Facing IT Security in 2015 - Image 2

Distributed denial-of-service attacks have gained immense popularity with attackers. This will pose a significant problem in 2015. Organizations who have successfully protected their networks against these threats have done quite a few things - analyze the risk of DDoS attack events ahead of time; develop responsive processes to tackle with such events; and conduct real drills to ensure that these work as expected.

3. IT consumerization:

5 Challenges Facing IT Security in 2015 - Image 3

By switching over to cloud, businesses have witness loss of control over accessibility to computer systems on which work is carried out. There is a degree of visibility loss as well. This is not only limited to cloud but with other bring-your-own-device (BYOD) programs, IT professionals feel there should be better control over software load, configuration, etc. Organizations must now start asking for better network visibility.

4. Password issues:

5 Challenges Facing IT Security in 2015 - Image 4

It has been noted that passwords are slowly reaching the end of their life and adopting an alternative authentication arrangement can be difficult. As a result, motivating users to use longer pass phrases along with auditing networks that run on weak passwords can be two important steps towards resolving the issue.

5. The insider threat:

5 Challenges Facing IT Security in 2015 - Image 5

Conventionally, the insider threat has been seen as a high-consequence risk but at the same time, it has also been regarded as a low-frequency risk as well. Because of this, many IT organizations have found it extremely challenging to design highly effective strategies to mitigate risk. There is conflict among security professionals over the right approach but some solutions have been seen in the offing.

By being prepared with effective tactical plans, organizations can face these challenges head on. Certified ethical hacking training (by acquiring a CEH v8 certification) can come in extremely useful. A closer look at their internal networks and security systems will prove useful and contribute towards managing risk and other threats.

Get enrolled in CEH v8 training course today and become a certified ethical hacker.

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