Passwords are the foundation upon which much of modern IT security is built, and what better day to discuss the topic than World Password Day, an event which occurs on the first Thursday of May every year. World Password Day is a day in which companies around the world post blogs with advice, sometimes questionable, the obligatory XKCD comic and talk about the importance of Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). At Juniper Networks, we thought instead we'd have "the talk" about the foundation of password protection as a foundation of security itself.
Information security is inextricable from all aspects of IT and it must include everything from cloud-based advanced threat prevention to physical switches that automatically quarantine infected devices. Automating IT in order to simplify it, make it repeatable and allow multiple products to form a whole greater than any individual component, is the basis of Juniper Connected Security.
Juniper Connected Security combines inbuild detection of threats and the enforcement of policy with the capabilities of our partners to safeguard users, applications and infrastructure against advanced threats. Combining automation with a layered approach to defense provides our customers with the capabilities to answer both extant and emerging, internal and external threats.
In the world of information security, some things are as much a certainty as death and taxes. These truisms have been discussed ad nauseam by security experts, vendors and even governments – the information security arms race, too much data, too many workloads and not enough skilled staff to manage it all. Add in a few regulations and organizations are at security overload.
Traditionally, these perpetual challenges have been used to push information security products by playing on our fears. The world is full of bogymen, it’s unpredictable and you probably don't have enough skilled people to defend your organization. Be afraid!
According to Gartner, “by 2020, 75% of organizations will have deployed a multicloud or hybrid cloud model for their IT needs.”1 While we’ve known for some time that the future is multicloud, ensuring cybersecurity across diverse and non-traditional environments has mostly been an afterthought. Despite organizations weaving cloud-based ecosystems and Internet of Things (IoT) devices and applications into the fabric of their networks, they have not emphasized security at the same level. To learn more about what organizations are – and are not – doing to prepare and fortify their security postures, Juniper Networks partnered with the Internet of Things Institute to survey organizations implementing IoT projects.
As 2018 comes to a close, it’s clear we need continued security innovations to keep our organizations better protected from cybercrime. Bad actors with limitless resources are hyper-innovative in finding and exploiting vulnerabilities. Meanwhile, our vulnerabilities are expanding with cloud environments and distributed, digital business models. We need new ideas to keep our security postures strong. Attacks like cryptojacking and new variants of ransomware are using revolutionary obfuscation tactics and automation to bypass traditional security solutions. The ongoing shortage of qualified security experts, combined with a flood of data from multiple security vendors and connections to multiple clouds, are driving the need for faster, more flexible and automated cybersecurity solutions.
Mounir Hahad is head of Juniper Threat Labs,the organization at Juniper Networks identifying and tracking malicious threats in the wild and ensuring Juniper products implement effective detection techniques. David Mihelcic is federal chief technology and strategy officer for Juniper Networks, supporting the company’s federal sales, engineering and operations teams.Prior to joining Juniper, David spent 18 years with the Defense Information Systems Agency.