Research released today by the Websense® Security Labs™ in the Websense 2012 Threat Report reveals the trifecta that is driving epidemic levels of data theft: 1) extremely effective social media lures; 2) evasive and hard-to-detect infiltration of malware; and 3) sophisticated exfiltration of confidential data. The report provides real-world examples, and offers practical advice to IT security practitioners.
“Traditional defenses just aren’t working any more. Organizations need real-time defenses with multiple detection points that deeply analyze both the inbound content of each website and email as well as the outbound transmission of sensitive data,” said Charles Renert, vice president of research and development for Websense. “Nearly all data-stealing attacks today involve the web and/or e-mail. And many increasingly use social engineering to take advantage of the human element as the weakest link. Since the current generation of attackers use multiple data points and threat vectors to target their victims, only a solution that understands the entire threat lifecycle and combines data from each phase can protect against them.”