Organizations that used to be relatively safe from advanced and organized cyber crime are entering a new era. Their IT and network risk levels are rising as hacking becomes a more mainstream form of crime. This industrialization of hacking has made any organization offering a reasonable amount of financial, commercial or intellectual property an attractive target for cyber crime. Typical examples of organizations facing these threats include retail, convenience stores, transportation, hotels, pharmacies, municipal services, self service stations, kiosks, business services, industrial manufacturing and so on. With threats increasing, many of these businesses view IT security as an operational and business risk that needs to be mitigated.
This environment has created a cascade of security standards. Low and mid-risk category organizations are now adopting security standards and technologies from higher categories. Military-grade security has cascaded down to enterprises, and enterprise-grade security has now become the pursuit of SMBs and consumers.
A new approach to security is needed. By adopting a mass security operation model, organizations can deploy and operate enterprise level security with fewer resources.
The rising threat environment for organizations that used to be relatively safe from advanced and organized cybercrime has created a cascade of security standards. Low and mid-risk category organizations are now adopting security standards and technologies from higher categories. This has had a huge impact on IT security operations, ranging from the demand for increased competency and more funds to secure highly distributed, multi- location or franchised businesses.
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