Future of network connectivity calls for more protection
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Future of network connectivity calls for more protection

As time passes, firms become increasingly aware of how much their files could be at risk for loss or theft, necessitating the procurement of data protection and tracking software. Companies are expanding their information storage capacities, but at the same time, they are gaining even more in terms of communication inputs and various outlets for disseminating corporate ideas.

At the same time, these entities are gaining even more in terms of communication inputs and various outlets for disseminating corporate ideas. This is leading to greater file creation and sharing than businesses have ever had to deal with before, making the process of obtaining and implementing protection assets more difficult.

Obtaining powerful protection assets
Some companies are focusing solely on getting hardware and software with advanced security measures built into operating procedures. IDC reported that this has become an increasingly popular trend over the last year, with the most recent security appliance tracking review showing an increase in procurement of nearly 6 percent since last year.

The source reported that the third quarter of 2012 found overall revenue for manufacturers of secure hardware like hard drives and magnetic tape appliances was over $2 billion for the year, with nearly 500,000 units shipped worldwide. The Asia/Pacific corridor has seen the most aggressive interest, IDC wrote, with annual growth there nearly 14 percent. Other regions are taking a less urgent pace, yet all global markets show substantial growth in procurement from last year.

"The evolving threat landscape continues to drive spending on security products as organizations battle to keep their infrastructures safe and their data protected," IDC's security research manager, Jon Grady, said with regard to the results of the appliance survey.

Combating the problems directly
The biggest growth sector, IDC found, was unified threat management (UTM) devices. These products combine the blanket protection of a firewall with more specific internal deployments, which can focus on things as small as individual files or as grand as entire server stacks. Specifically, UTMs provide network security for these tools, so that as companies open themselves to more channels, such as mobile applications and cloud computing access, they can count on UTM technology to track and safeguard assets every step of the way.

InformationWeek wrote that this will be an increasingly essential part of corporate operations, with firms desperate for protection, but concerned about cutting themselves off from innovative resources for fear of what might happen to their continuity. The source stated that it's likely that the nature of database threats in 2013 will be more complex and difficult to deal with than previous attempts, since hackers are becoming more aggressive and finding widespread information security faults at even leading corporations. Attacks on U.S. government agencies and major international entities will likely have made attackers more brazen.

Some of the leading trends, InformationWeek projected, will include more attacks on infrastructure and key elements of daily life. Hacktivists have already taken Middle Eastern firms to task with disastrous effect, and the popularity of mobile and cloud deployments may only serve to make such threats more viable. Adding to the problem is the fact that anyone can gain access to massive amounts of virtual storage, making it simpler for malicious entities to operate from anywhere at any time, disseminate viral materials and monitor the progress of various malware apps as they try to infiltrate legitimate systems.

"Now, [hackers] can rent the equivalent of 100,000 processors," said IT specialist Harry Sverdlove. "Just as legitimate companies are using the cloud to do great things, of course cyber attackers are taking notice as well – and they can cause significant damage."