Security teams face a dizzying array of threats, from ransomware and cyberespionage to fileless attacks and damaging data breaches. However, the biggest headache for many security analysts is not the endless number of risks that dominate news headlines but the frustrating, repetitive tasks they must perform every day as they triage incidents and attempt to whittle down an endless backlog of alerts.
Attackers must complete a certain sequence of events, known as the attack
lifecycle, to accomplish their objectives, whether stealing information or
running ransomware. Nearly every attack relies on compromising an endpoint to
succeed, and although most organizations have deployed endpoint protection,
infections are still common.
This executive-level whitepaper from industrial automation market experts, ARC Advisory Group, covers the challenges industrial asset owner-operators will face as they embark on their OT digital transformation initiatives.
This guide outlines the challenges Defense agencies face and methods they can use to integrate the Palo Alto Networks ecosystem into the Federal Enterprise Architecture (FEA) to fight modern threats, meet current and future security objectives, and improve cyber resilience and operations.
Attackers have developed an arsenal of tools and techniques to break into organizations’ networks and steal valuable information. This report reveals the latest tactics that threat actors use to stay under the radar while conducting internal reconnaissance. It also explains how automation has enabled amateur hackers to carry out advanced reconnaissance and accelerate the speed of attacks.
Manufacturers are employing the industrial internet of things and other innovative technologies to produce quality goods efficiently. Read this platform brief for a summary of how Palo Alto Networks helps manufacturers compete in the global marketplace while streamlining security operations, protecting valuable data, and preventing new and known threats from impacting operations or uptime of corporate and ICS/SCADA networks.
Successful cyberattacks against a number of financial institutions across the globe from 2015-2018 have resulted in multiple instances of fraudulent fund transfers over the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications, or SWIFT, network. As part of an effort to enhance the cybersecurity of the entire eco-system, members of SWIFT must annually self-attest to sixteen mandatory cybersecurity controls as of year-end 2017. In future years, non-compliance with these controls may result in notification to SWIFT counterparties and/or appropriate regulatory bodies. Furthermore, eleven advisory security controls are provided as best practices to further improve overall cyber hygiene across the SWIFT eco-system.
No single vendor can provide complete compliance with the entire set of SWIFT mandatory and advisory controls. However, the Palo Alto Networks Security Operating Platform delivers the following:
Support for nearly 75 percent of the SWIFT Customer Security Controls Framework, where various elements of the Security Operating Platform are able to address 12 of 16 mandatory controls and eight of 11 advisory controls.
Definitive least-privileged access control and other essential security capabilities to effectively segment and protect the local SWIFT environment.
Capabilities above and beyond the baseline specifications to more thoroughly protect your local SWIFT infrastructure and the rest of your organization’s computing environment from the latest unknown malware and advanced threats.
By leveraging the Palo Alto Networks Security Operating Platform, financial institutions will be well on their way to complying with or exceeding the SWIFT mandatory and advisory controls. Beyond merely an exercise in compliance, the prevention philosophy behind the platform will improve a financial institutions overall cyber hygiene and provide better security outcomes for the organization. The result will be a more secure environment for your financial institution – one in which legitimate traffic is known and limited, with automated security enforcement to detect and address deviations. Future annual self-attestations to SWIFT will be much less stressful as your institution’s cybersecurity posture will be above and beyond their required baseline level.
The Security Reference Blueprint for Higher Education outlines security principles and a framework using the preventative capabilities of the Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Security Platform. Using this blueprint enables education security and IT professionals to protect PII and IP data, maintain a high-performance, high-availability learning environment, and prepare to meet new and emerging technological challenges while reducing security threats.
Next-Generation Firewalls can provide detailed information on events or devices whose traffic they directly handle or access. This information is normally only related to the traffic flowing through the firewall itself, and traces generally need to be activated on demand as well as used with caution, so as not to affect firewall performance.
Making sense of MARS-E is geared towards State CIOs, Enterprise Architects, global system integrators (GSIs), and all Administering
Entities (AEs) involved in the modernizing of state Medicaid, Integrated Eligibility, or
Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) systems
There are no flawless software systems or applications. When flaws result in security vulnerabilities, threat actors exploit them to compromise those systems and applications and, by extension, the endpoints on which they reside. Although software vendors issue patches to remediate flaws, many financial institutions do not apply all available patches to their production environments. In addition, when systems or applications reach their end-of-support, they no longer receive vulnerability patches from their vendors. These two scenarios describe the conditions under which a system or application is considered "unpatchable." When patching or upgrading is no longer feasible, security professionals need to identify alternative ways to secure the unpatchable systems and applications to support their ongoing use in the environment.
The Security Reference Blueprint for Federal Civilian Departments and Agencies helps the U.S. deliver on its mission and business objectives to safely and securely render services to the American public, while advancing the Nation's agenda.
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