STAMFORD, Conn. - Deciding what IT security products and services are necessary are a big part of the equation for credit union executives and others whose jobs are to decide what to spend and where to protect the enterprise. This is a list of the 11 top security issues of 2003, according to analysts from Gartner Inc.: Web services security - Web services will lead to discontinuities in how new applications will be secured. Enterprises should take a cautious approach to Web services deployment across the enterprise perimeter. Wireless LAN security - Insecure wireless LANs represent a serious point of potential failure for enterprise networks. Identity management and provisioning - Identity theft is a rampant cybercrime mostly accomplished via pedestrian means, but Directory Network Service, social engineering and denial-of-service attacks remain threats that enterprises must address. Role of security platforms and intrusion prevention systems - Intrusion detection systems (IDS) continue to evolve, particularly in correlation technologies to improve alerts, but also in an evolution toward prevention and forensics. Correlation of events for reporting/monitoring/managing consoles - It's important to know what's going on and determine if an attack or a problem occurring on one portion of the network is related to a problem on another network segment. The next Code Red/Nimda - Code Red and Nimda cost enterprises as much as $3 billion. There are fears of something more damaging in the future. Then came the Slammer worm. Instant messaging security - Seeking any open port, instant messaging and other peer-to-peer programs can put networks and information at risk. Homeland Security - The impact of homeland security in the United States has not yet been felt in many industry sectors. Tactical security to infrastructure security - The short-term attention to tactical security solutions will change to renewed attention to infrastructure security as part of the homeland dynamic. Protecting intellectual property - Protecting intellectual property remains an issue because of competitive intelligence and corporate espionage activities. Transaction trustworthiness/ auditability - Recent corporate financial-reporting scandals will influence the application of information security techniques to improve the trustworthiness of enterprise transactions and the audit trail.
Broad Range of Issues on Current List of IT Security Concerns
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