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Cybersecurity beating the bad guys, says Verizon

  • 30 April 2010
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According to Verizon's top Internet security expert, Peter Tippett, cybersecurity breaches are starting to level off and in the next 10 years security protection will become more effective and widespread as organisations band together to fight cybercrime.

Speaking at the Infosecurity Europe trade show in London, Tippett, vice president of technology and innovation at Verizon, said: "Based on all the data we have amassed over the last several years for our Data Breach Investigations Reports'¦we know successful security breaches are levelling off and that means we are headed in the right direction'¦By 2020, we expect life to be notably better for cyber users."

Tippett identified a number of trends that he expects will enable the improvement in cybersecurity:
- security will be more measured and more scientific; the long-standing 'lack of security data' problem will lessen;
- identity will become ubiquitous and simple for everyone; the use of reputation systems and the large-scale use of end-user network and other reputational data will be coupled with numerous forms of automation that will help users to avoid websites, e-mail and IP addresses with malicious content, or which have been recently involved in malicious activities;
- numerous security services will become part of the cloud;
- prosecution of computer criminals will increase over most of the decade. Better laws, logging and other evidence preservation, forensics capabilities, cooperation between worldwide law enforcement, and stronger, more ubiquitous and diverse electronic identity will all drive more arrests and more jail time for those convicted of cybercrimes.

Verizon Business, this week announced a new cloud based security service in partnership with Novell and a new security consultancy service, more details on page 2.

Stuart Corner attended Verizon Business' Asia Pacific press briefing in Singapore as a guest of the company.


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Access control from within the cloud
According to Verizon, its new Secure Access Services will make it easy and cost-effective for enterprises to outsource the infrastructure and expertise required to extend and manage user access to cloud-based resources while maintaining control over policies and governance.

"Enterprises can quickly tap into centralised management of Web access to applications and network services, identity federation and Web single sign-on - without additional hardware or software, or dedicated IT resources," Verizon says. "The service's built-in audit features can also help clients ease the burden of compliance reporting related to the access of systems and data."

This identity-as-a-service offering is, according to Verizon, the first wave of cloud-based solutions the two companies will deliver to large enterprises with 500 or more users with multiple departments, business units and partners that also need to automate access controls for their extended partner or supply chain networks.

The service is based on Novell's identity and security software and will initially be available to Verizon and Novell clients in the US, from June.

Security assessment services
Verizon has launched a service that combines a physical security assessment and penetration test, security awareness training, a social engineering experiment, and an evaluation of relevant logical security technologies such as smart cards and biometric scanners to evaluate and strengthen an organisation's overall security posture.


Tippett said: "Our research shows that simple security measures, done well, can make a big difference to an organisation's ability to prevent data breaches. These new services help companies address both their information and physical security requirements in a holistic manner, helping to more effectively protect the organization - and its own customers - from security breaches."

Verizon says its Physical Security Services are designed to help safeguard the entire IT stack - the physical, network, application, data and end-user layers - by addressing three major areas of weakness: access (including building security and personnel authorisation), safety and environment.

Stuart Corner attended Verizon Business' Asia Pacific press briefing in Singapore as a guest of the company.




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